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Arto Lindsay’s music has always been deserving of Duke Ellington’s ‘beyond category’ classification. For a guitarist who has never learned to play his guitar, he has been making music since the “no wave” 1970s in the noisy band DNA, the 80s in Lounge Lizards, the Golden Palominos, and Lindsay’s pop band Ambitious Lovers. His music has come to full maturation in his solo projects of the 1990s with a string of albums O Corpo Sutil/The Subtle Body (1996), Mundo Civilizado (1997), Noon Chill (1998) and Prize (1999).
The American-born Brazilian-raised Lindsay was immersed in Brazilian culture and music of bossa nova, samba and South American’s adaptations of pop, electronic and hip-hop music. His music, while a bridge between the two Americas, is more about modern Brazil than any attempts at ‘cross-over’ music.
Invoke his second recording for Ani DeFranco’s Righteous Babe Records pulls together a bossa nova and tropicala with an urban hip-hop sensibility. Lindsay’s core band of bassist Melvin Gibbs and guitarist/keyboards Andres Levin is supplemented by differing producers from Rio and New York, Bahia drummers, and the Brazilian urban band Nacao Zumbi.
Lindsay, a frequent collaborator and producer for singer Vinicius Cantuaria, adapts his unadorned style on the simply pure “Delegada” sung in Portuguese over a guitar and clarinet accompaniment and the folk-infectious “Breija-Me.” Lindsay’s voice is a now comfortable wavering reed, a Downtown/Brazilian version of Jimmy Scott. But Lindsay also tears it up here with the booming bass and effects laden production of his guests. His skronk guitar adapts nicely into the mix on the soundscape “In The City That Reads.” There are ventures into pop music here too, but Arto is too cool to be slick. He subverts polished sound with polished noise.
Like Gil Evans’ Sketches Of Spain, Arto Lindsay’s Invoke is as much about New York as it is of Rio.
Track Listing: Illuminate; Predigo; Ultra Privileged; Over/Run; Invoke; You Decide; In The City That Reads; Delegada; Uma; Clemency; Unseen; Beija-Me.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com