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Miguel Angelo is a Portuguese bassist whose main occupation is keeping the beat going for other musicians in various groups. If playing in bands is his "bread and butter" job, then it follows that a solo bass recording would be his "dessert."
For most of this effort, Angelo plucks and bows with a deep, resonant tone that has little embellishment. He presents a rich and profound pizzicato sound on pieces such as "I have a dream," "Never and never again" and "Lullaby" carving out measured phrases at slow and fast tempos. "Farewell song" and "Just go!" are both touching ballads that show Angelo's ability to create lovely and emotional melodies that rival the grace and nobility of Charlie Haden's writing.
There are other tracks where overdubbing comes into play to create bigger, more involved sounds. "Politics talk" has a mass of slow, solemnly bowed lines rising above agitated slaps and plucks. "Alliens exists!" has distorted low notes popping in a pattern that somehow suggests the bass line of The O'Jays's "For The Love Of Money." "Children's playground" is a circular, galloping riff combined with lines of thick, twanging melody with a depth that suggests an entire string section.
This is a relatively short but rich disc that shows off Miguel Angelo's bass playing abilities far more than his group work. His solo playing conveys emotion and mood with a real sense of beauty.
Track Listing: I have a dream; Politics talk; Never and never again; Meditation #1; Alliens
exists!; Just go!; Meditation #2; Farewell song; Meditation #3; Lullaby;
I love jazz because of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1957 American film noir Sweet Smell of Success, which I first saw as a teenager in the '70s. As a playwright/screenwriter, I write to music and I'm always looking for ways to incorporate it into my work; the most recent example being Bob Crosby and the Bobcats Big Noise From Winnetka, which became the signature theme for my last stage play The Gift of the Gab
I love jazz because of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1957 American film noir Sweet Smell of Success, which I first saw as a teenager in the '70s. As a playwright/screenwriter, I write to music and I'm always looking for ways to incorporate it into my work; the most recent example being Bob Crosby and the Bobcats Big Noise From Winnetka, which became the signature theme for my last stage play The Gift of the Gab. My late great pa-in-law--the actor Keith Michell--wins the contest hands down however, as he co-starred in the 1962 movie All Night Long rubbing shoulders with Dave Brubeck, Keith Christie, Bert Courtley, John Dankworth, Ray Dempsey, Allan Ganley, Tubby Hayes, Charles Mingus, Barry Morgan, Kenny Napper, Colin Purbrook and John Scott! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall of that soundstage!
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