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Sara Serpa: Mobile

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Di questo lavoro della cantante portoghese Sara Serpa, collaboratrice fra gli altri di Greg Osby, Ran Blake e Danilo Perez, colpisce immediatamente - noi italiani, almeno - la citazione da Pavese presente in seconda di copertina. Praticamente ognuno dei dieci brani che compongono Mobile, del resto, ha un aggancio letterario, da Omero a Erodoto, da Melville a Steinbeck, a tutti gli altri, compreso l'Hugo Pratt di - guarda caso - "Corto". Fa eccezione il solo "Sum Razão," fado di Fernando Farinha e Alberto Correia interpretato anche dalla grande Amalia Rodrigues (il resto è tutto a firma della stessa Serpa, per lo più senza un testo esplicito).

È all'opera un quintetto di marcata impronta jazzistica, che si muove in un clima accogliente, pacato e partecipe. Ciò che magari emerge fin troppo precocemente è un certo qual senso di ripetitività, di maniera, di epidermicità. Le cose migliori arrivano così dall'iniziale "Sequoia Gigantis," da "Ahab's Lament" (ovviamente il rimando è al Moby Dick melvilliano), da "Tarveling with Kapuszinsky," in avvio per voce e chitarra sole, e poi innervato da un più libero contributo collettivo, e da "City of Light, City of Darkness," polivocale (in overdubbing) e di struttura finalmente più articolata, quindi epilogo senz'altro felice per un album dagli esiti magari non sempre impeccabili, ma comunque tutto sommato convincente se non proprio coinvolgente.


Track Listing: Sequoia Gigantis; Ulysses Costume; Pilgrimage to Armanath; Ahab's lament; If; Tarveling With Kapuszinsky; Sem Razao; gold Digging Ants; Corto; City of Light, City of Darkness.

Personnel: Sara Serpa: vocals; Andre Matos: electric and acoustic guitars (3, 6, 9); Kris Davis: piano, Fender Rhodes (3, 5, 6, 9); Ben Street: bass; Ted Poor: drums.

Title: Mobile | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Inner Circle Music

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