All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

9

Diogo Vida: El Duende

Chris Mosey By

Sign in to view read count
El Duende derives from the duende of Spanish mythology, an elf or magic creature. When the term is used in connection with music, especially flamenco, it means "having soul," something that gives you chills, makes you smile, or even cry, in response to an artistic performance. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca described it thus: "The duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of your feet."

Portuguese pianist Diogo Vida says it describes the feeling he gets playing with his trio and "embraces everything that I enjoy and that made me what I am today."

After completing his studies of classical piano at the Lisbon Conservatory, Vida played in various jazz and pop constellations before forming the trio. Yuri Daniel, his bassist, is also currently part of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek's band, while drummer Vicky Marques is a main plank of the rhythmic foundation upon which rests Fado superstar Mariza

Vida says the music on this album is "a result of my personal and musical experiences: although its melodies and harmonies are deeply rooted in contemporary jazz, it winks at flamenco, rock, classical and electronic music."

"Decision," the opener, is what it says it is: a decision by Vida to quit writing and start playing. Powered by Marques' drumming, the number succeeds magnificently. By contrast, "Arpeggione," reliant on arpeggios, is irritatingly repetitive.

"Duende" comes as a relief. You can almost see the mythical elf dancing on the keys. Daniel's electric bass solo picks up where Vida leaves off but then the leader is back, pushing his composition to its limits, Marques right up there with him.

"Kembee" is a pretty tune, solidly anchored by Daniel's bass. Vida takes it out neatly. After this there's duende aplenty, right through to the closing number, "Vendaval," which means "gale" in Portuguese.

El Duende is a rarity -an album that lives up to its name.

Track Listing: Decision; Arpeggione; Duende; Kembee; Farland; Home Again; Wapita!; Vendaval.

Personnel: Diogo Vida: piano; Yuri Daniel: electric bass; Vicky Marques: drums.

Title: El Duende | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Fat Daddy CD/LP/Track Review
Fat Daddy
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Short Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Short Stories
by Gareth Thompson
Published: September 19, 2018
Read UHHM CD/LP/Track Review
UHHM
by John Bricker
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Decoy CD/LP/Track Review
Decoy
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller CD/LP/Track Review
Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Change In The Air CD/LP/Track Review
Change In The Air
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 18, 2018
Read "The Chase" CD/LP/Track Review The Chase
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 16, 2017
Read "Organ Monk Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk Blue
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)" CD/LP/Track Review A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
by Paul Naser
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies" CD/LP/Track Review Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 31, 2018
Read "Skyscraper Souls" CD/LP/Track Review Skyscraper Souls
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 17, 2018
Read "Festival 69" CD/LP/Track Review Festival 69
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 4, 2018