6

MoFrancesco Quintetto: Piedra Solar

Mehdi El Mouden By

Sign in to view read count
Piedra Solar—the second album of the MoFrancesco Quintetto—is deeply rooted in Mediterranean and latin influences.

Highly structured yet with a pint of improvisation, the songs reveal deep consideration of past influences, familiar themes, and novel straight ahead jazz. In the Quintet's words, the album pays homage to the Iberian Peninsula where Italian bass lead player and composer Francesco Valente has dwelled for eighteen years. An ethnomusicology graduate and currently a Ph.D candidate, Valente along with a group of gifted musicians re-defines and explores the limits of latin jazz within Mediterranean tones, funk beats, and bebop solos.

Opening up with the mellifluous yet muscular "Ala'Ad-Din," Valente delivers his concern for rhythm and harmony. The bass /drum combination flows naturally to pave the ground to both trumpeter Johannes Krieger and saxophonist Joao Capinha to unleash beautiful ascending notes with a sense of completion. In the same vein "Abraxas" conveys the same feel and structure, yet with an additional funky festive note enhanced by percussionist Marcos Suzano's pandeiro instrument. Tripping, enamoring and spicy are remarkable tunes such as "Start Flying Song," "Miracolo a Milano," or Santana's rendition "Ambos Mundos.''

On the other hand, Mofrancesco Quintet is capable of playing cool meditative tunes where themes are given prominence. Both pianist Iuri Gaspar's "Tres Morillas" and drummer José Miguel Moreira's "Persian Story" are notable examples of smooth jazz songs with a Mediterranean touch. The exploratory vision of the quintet allows space for poetry: The thespian track "Vuelta De Paseao" displays the words of Frederico Garcia Lorca spoken by Jaco Loredo. Similarly "Apareció" is a dramatic interlude where Loredo's voice seems threatening. Whereas the highly melancholic tune "Impressiones Intimas," is a deep emotional demonstration marked by soft conversational style between double bass and piano. Krieger's metallic blow on trumpet adds drama to the song in anticipation of a climatic accelerando.

The variety of the tunes and their singular nature make of Piedra Solar a multifarious album shining with creativity, ardor, elegance and concern for arrangement. The album should make a big splash.

Track Listing

Ala’Ad-Din; Abraxas; Tres Morilla; Persian Story; Olisipo; Vuelta De Paseo; Start Flying Song; Mobocracy; Impressiones Intimas; Apareció; Miracolo A Milano; Mukambo; Ambos Mundos

Personnel

Francesco Valente: acoustic bass, electric bass; Miguel Moreira: drums; Iuri Gaspar: piano; João Capinhar: alto sax; Johannes Krieger: trumpet; Guto Lucena: tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, bass flute; Marcos Suzano: percussion; Aline Frazão: voice; Jaco Loredo: voice

Album information

Title: Piedra Solar | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


MUSICSTACK

Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers

AMAZON

CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more

HD TRACKS

Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads

CD UNIVERSE

Specializing in music, movies and video games

REVERB

Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

More

Read GMQ
GMQ
Geoff Mason
Read For Now
For Now
Brian Landrus
Read Welcome Adventure Vol. 1
Welcome Adventure Vol. 1
Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp. William Parker, Gerald Cleaver