Guillermo Nojechowicz's El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933By
Nojechowicz specializes in making rhythmically potent jazz on an Argentinian-Brazilian trajectory, with danceability and dynamic motion his trademarks. This gives the music its positive buoyancy despite the harrowing subject matter of the story it brings to life. It also helps that he has a strong set of colleagues in his band, El Eco: pianist Helio Alves, saxophonist Marco Pignataro and bassist Fernando Huergo combine with New York Voices co-founder vocalist Kim Nazarian and guest trumpeter Brian Lynch to provide a supple foundation for Nojechowicz's emotionally vibrant compositions. It's always the rhythms that jump to the fore: whether a gentle Uruguayan beat on the somber opener, "Milonga Para Los Niños," or the more assertive Argentinian chacareras, "The Possibility of Change" and "Puerto de Buenos Aires" (the latter fueled by Huergo's punchy electric bass), the music's passion and urgency are always paramount, providing the underlying vitality that is essential to the album's success.
With the exception of "Trains," Nazarian offers mostly wordless vocals, and her skill is more than demonstrated with her graceful, lilting tone on "I Loved You Too" and "Europe 1933," but she adds even more fervor to the up-tempo cuts like "Puerto" and "The Unknown Road," where her wide-ranging soprano flights are showcased, as she stays in perfect rapport with the band. Contributions from accordionist Roberto Cassan add essential color to several of the tracks, and an expertly-utilized string quartet accentuates the emotional gravity of "Trains" and "Europe 1933."
There's no denying the melancholy air that characterizes much of Nojechowicz's music here. But a celebratory spirit ultimately prevails. Nowhere is this more evident than the album's closer, "Friday Night Mambo." The poignant tune evokes a sense of uncompleted yearning; but it's the piece's quickening energy, fueled by the lyrical power of Pignataro's and Lynch's solo statements and Nazarian's soaring vocals, which reminds us that there's a great deal of hope and joy to be found in something as simple as a danceable song.
Milonga Para Los Niños; Trains; Europe 1933; Puerto de Buenos Aires; Berimbao’s Baby; The Unknown Road; I Loved You Too; The Possibility of Change; Bebe; Friday Night Mambo.
Guillermo Nojechowicz: drums, percussion, vocals; Helio Alves: piano; Fernando Huergo: bass; Kim Nazarian: vocals, percussion; Marco Pignataro: tenor and soprano saxophone; Brian Lynch: trumpet; Franco Pinna: bombo legüero, percussion; Roberto Cassan: accordion; Megumi Stohs Lewis: violin; Ethan Wood: violin; Sarah Darling: viola; Leo Eguchi: cello; string arrangements: Nando Michelin.
Title: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933 | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Zoho Music
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