333

Michel Portal & Richard Galliano: Concerts

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Michel Portal & Richard Galliano: Concerts The duo of Michel Portal and Richard Galliano has brought us a decade of great mainstream jazz with a unique flavor. It's the accordion that makes their performances stand apart. By taking their audience on a tour of France, Argentina, and other exotic vacation spots, they continue to thrill. Portal moves fluidly with intense emotions, as Galliano supports with a lively foundation. All the while, they characterize folk dances from all over the world.

Recorded 1999 in Hamburg, 2001 in Antwerp, and 2003 in Milan, these three concert performances find both artists at their creative best. They mesmerize their audiences with a captivating allure.

"Giselle" floats gently on rustic clouds, as "Mozambique" dances with an exotic rhythm. Portal employs both clarinet and bass clarinet to paint his colorful landscapes. Accordion and bandoneon provide a quaint "Little Tango" for a different mood. Again, traditional dance remains a major influence on their music. "Libertango," with the same instrumentation, moves gallantly into a broader scope. Tension and release play a major role, as Portal and Galliano pay homage to the music of Astor Piazzolla. "Oblivion" and "Indifference," despite their titles, add considerable emotion to the formula. The two artists revel in letting their feelings flow freely through these pieces. Working before a live audience, both feel at ease with their expressive performances. Always a reliable pair, Portal and Galliano continue to impress with their combination of modern mainstream jazz with an exotic and colorful charm.


Track Listing: Tango pour Claude; Taraf; Giselle; Little Tango; Oblivion; Chorinho pra Ele; Ivan Ivanovitch Kossiakof; Viaggio; Libertango; Indifference; Mozambique; Face to Face; J.F.; Beija Flor.

Personnel: Richard Galliano- accordion; Michel Portal- clarinet, bass clarinet, bandoneon, soprano saxophone, jazzophone.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Dreyfus Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Rings" CD/LP/Track Review Rings
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Live in Seattle" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Seattle
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 25, 2016
Read "Message In Motion" CD/LP/Track Review Message In Motion
by David A. Orthmann
Published: October 27, 2016
Read "Escualo" CD/LP/Track Review Escualo
by Duncan Heining
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Binary & Mysteries of the Deep" CD/LP/Track Review Binary & Mysteries of the Deep
by Troy Dostert
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "What was said" CD/LP/Track Review What was said
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!