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Duende Libre: The Dance She Spoke

Read "The Dance She Spoke" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It has often been said that art is all about risk, and there certainly is a lot of truth to that statement. There is no greater forum in modern art for risk than jazz music, the degree of that factor being multiplied exponentially when linking or fusing it with other musical styles. In the case of the Seattle based band Duende Libre, that leap of faith takes them to exploring world music forms through the lens of modern jazz. On ...

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Global Fusions and African Connections

Read "Global Fusions and African Connections" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever may be going wrong in the world, there are always some figures (especially artists) out there reminding us of the importance of community and celebration. Without making a direct statement on the strange circumstances of 2020, this batch of recordings nonetheless offers just the kind of vibrant affirmation the times need. Duende Libre The Dance She Spoke Self Produced 2020 There's a lot of common ground (well, figuratively) between characteristics of South ...

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Duende Libre: Drift

Read "Drift" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Duende Libre is an energetic trio of Seattle musicians utilizing the American jazz tradition as a jumping off point for exploration of global musical forms. The creative vision for the band is perhaps that of pianist/composer Alex Chadsey, yet it is his two mates, drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch, and uber bassist Farko Dosumov that bring his musical vision to life. Chadsey sets the bar high for this band by including the term “duende" as part of its moniker. While ...

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Duende Libre: Duende Libre

Read "Duende Libre" reviewed by James Nadal

As world music proliferates into the mainstream, there are countless musicians attempting to capture its exotic rhythms and enticing melodies, some succeed, others falter. Taking their name from a Federico Garcia Lorca lecture on artistic inspiration and creation, Duende Libre's self-titled release manages to incorporate some of the essence of world music in what they term as global jazz fusion. The group's leader, composer and pianist is Alex Chadsey, accompanied by bassist Farko Dosumov, and drummer Jeff Busch. Moving to ...


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