120

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Frenesi

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Frenesi When classical performers tackle material from the jazz world, the result can often be something less than one would hope for. The more stringent and what some might call restricted range of interpretation leave little room for overt improvisation. Instead it's all about subtlety, dynamics and delicate phrasing. Consequently, all too often, when a classical player approaches jazz material, the interpretation sounds stiff and unmoving.

Not so with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, who has studied with, amongst others, Andres Segovia; but in his forty-year career has recorded everyone from Cole Porter to Scott Joplin and Antonio Carlos Jobim. His touch is sure, and his nuanced approach brings life to whomever he decides to cover. On his latest record, Frenesi , his subject is the music of Latin America, with pieces ranging from the bossa of Jobim to the more 20th Century new music of Leo Brouwer.

The programme, taken as a whole, has a certain austerity, and feels almost like a concert recital, but the clear joy in songs like Isaias Savio's "Batucada" brings levity to the set that is infectious and moving. The title track and Alvero Dalmar's "Sigo Pensando En Ti" are rife with tenderness and rich humanity, while Amable Torres' "La Reina" and Agustin Lara's "Maria Bonita" are light and playful.

Interpreting the material solo as well as in duet, trio and quartet contexts, Barbosa-Lima creates a textural diversity that broadens the spectrum of the set and also leaves some room for more direct improvisation by bassist John Benitez, who contributes both a solid rhythmic anchor and lyrical solos to "Maria Bonita," "Chega de Saudade," "Frenesi" and "Adios." Gustavo Colina plays cuatro, a Venezuelan four-string guitar, on a number of tracks, while percussionist Edgardo Aponte brings a percussive pulse to select pieces.

While fans of more obvious improvisation may be disappointed with the somewhat rigid confines of Frenesi , the truth is that Barbosa-Lima demonstrates that there is more to interpretation than extemporizing on a given piece. More subtle interpretation has its own rewards, and Barbosa-Lima is clearly a performer who understands the deeper truth in his chosen material—and brings it out with elegance, delicacy and grace.

Visit Carlos Barbosa-Lima on the web.

Track Listing: Chega De Saudade; Porro; Batucada; Maria Bonita; Frenesi; Natalia; Sigo Pensando En Ti; Danza Caracteristica; El Nino; La Reina; Perfume de Gardenia; Lejos Del Hogar; Angostura; Preludio; Adio; Don't Cry for Me Argentina

Personnel: Carlos Barbosa-Lima (guitar), Gustavo Colina (cuatro on selected tracks), John Benitez (acoustic bass on selected tracks), Edgardo Aponte (maracas, bongos, rainstick, cow bells on selected tracks)

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Zoho Music | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 8, 2016
Read "Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club" CD/LP/Track Review Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz...
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 28, 2016
Read "I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming" CD/LP/Track Review I Go Back Home: A Story About Hoping And Dreaming
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Everything's Beautiful" CD/LP/Track Review Everything's Beautiful
by Asher Wolf
Published: July 18, 2016
Read "Star-Spangled Voltage" CD/LP/Track Review Star-Spangled Voltage
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 5, 2016
Read "Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana" CD/LP/Track Review Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 22, 2017

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!