4

Sara Serpa & André Matos: Primavera

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Sara Serpa & André Matos: Primavera A little bit of magic is evident in the recording Primavera by the Portuguese-born-now-New Yorkers Sara Serpa and Andre Matos. Not magic as in sleight of hand or illusion, but magical as in enchanting and, indeed, spellbinding. The musical pair, also wife and husband, created this duo recording with the help of some of their own overdubs (again, not a trick) and a few guests.

Serpa, whose seemingly uncomplicated vocal style, mates both wordless sounds with sung lyrics that are presented both in English and Portuguese. These fourteen compositions are all original to Serpa and Matos, except for Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee's "Vanguard" and Guillermo Klein's "Se Me Va La Voz." Serpa recorded two previous discs with her mentor, Blake. The pianist favors Serpa's stripped-down approach on Camera Obscura (Inner Circle, 2010) and a live date Aurora (Clean Feed, 2012). She maintains that understated style here. With Matos' accompaniment and a bit of Fender Rhodes piano, she sings the words of e.e.cummings' poem "Earth." The piece is part prayer, part utopian dreamland. Where other singers rush in, Serpa lingers. The echoey, wordless open track flutters like a a flock birds over Matos' incessant guitar. The pair welcome Greg Osby to perform on "Choro." Serpa had recorded with the saxophonist on his disc 9 Levels (Inner Circle, 2008), and here he returns the favor. Osby's soprano saxophone mimics the singer's wordless vocalese; both instruments are loquacious birds singing up in the forest's canopy. Serpa and Matos create rhythmically locomotive music, "Kubana," and ineffably beautiful Portuguese pieces, "Tempo" and "O Guardador De Rebanhos." But it is the wordless tracks, like 'Rios" and "Nuvem," that are the real gems here.

Track Listing: Primavera; Tempo; Rios; Choro; Kubana; Song For A Sister; Caminho; O Guardador De Rebanhos; A Realidade Das Coisas; nuvem; Vanguard; Gardening; Se Me Va La Voz; Earth.

Personnel: Sara Serpa: voice, fender rhodes, piano; André Matos: guitar, electric bass, cymbal; Greg Osby; soprano saxophone (4); Leo Genovese; melodica, kosikas, bombo leguero, piano, toy guitar; Pete Rende: Prophet keyboard (7).

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Inner Circle Music


Shop

More Articles

Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Dreamsville CD/LP/Track Review Dreamsville
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 26, 2017
Read April CD/LP/Track Review April
by Jerome Wilson
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Small World CD/LP/Track Review Small World
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 26, 2017
Read High Time CD/LP/Track Review High Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 26, 2017
Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read "Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise" CD/LP/Track Review Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise
by John Eyles
Published: June 13, 2016
Read "Layers" CD/LP/Track Review Layers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Two Steps from the Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Two Steps from the Blues
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "Akustik InventYours" CD/LP/Track Review Akustik InventYours
by Tyran Grillo
Published: May 3, 2016
Read "Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs" CD/LP/Track Review Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs
by John Eyles
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Unspoken" CD/LP/Track Review Unspoken
by Andrew Luhn
Published: October 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!