If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.
You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...
Past and present are entwined in so many beautiful ways on Reliquiathe first collaboration between the father-daughter combination of guitarist Sergio Assad and vocalist Clarice Assad. Together these two trace a backwards course from today's vantage point, exploring their own musical bloodlines and those of their native Brazil. In doing so, they bring together a collection of originals that are timeless in their mode(s) of expression.
While there's a certain degree of understatement in much of this material, that shouldn't be misread as a sign of simplicity. This is sophisticated music packaged in easy appeal. The elder Assad's pristine sound, broad harmonic knowledge, and skillful application of ornamentation mesh beautifully with his daughter's voicea pitch-perfect instrument that covers a tremendous range of expressions. Clarice constantly captivates, whether singing in Portuguese, delivering wordless vocals, or taking to the piano bench, and Sergio, likewise, manages to seduce with his every gesture on guitar. But this isn't just a tale of two. A coterie of guestsclarinetist Derek Bermel, mandolin player Mike Marshall, percussionist Keita Ogawa, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and vocalist Angela Olintoadd additional layers of beauty and/or propulsion to the project as they come and go.
It's easy to simply drift away into the music ("Reliquia") and get caught up in the energy of this union ("Cidade" and "Capoeira"), but it's the deeper meaning here that leaves a lasting impression. There's something incredibly special in the act of hearing Clarice salute her father on one of her originals ("Song For My Father") and hearing Sergio do the same for his father ("Jorginho Do Bandolim") later in the program. And then there's the closer ("Sol De Clave (Treble Clef)"), a piece that bottles the ephemeral and connects it to present day. A decades-old recording snippet of Clarice singing along with her father's guitar leads into that pair's present day sound. It's a testament to the bonds forged through birth and life, continually strengthened in every small and large gesture of love that takes place between a parent and child.
Track Listing: Cidade (City); Artistico (Artistic); Reliquia (Relic); Song For My Father; Capoeira; Angela; The Last Song; Estranho Mundo (Strange World); Jorginho Do Bandolim; Ventos (Winds); Sol De Clave (Treble Clef).
I love jazz because it is the most diverse music genre.
I was first exposed to jazz a long time ago.
The best show I ever attended was Henry Threadgill's very very Circus at SJU jazzpodium in Utrecht.
The first jazz record I bought was Coleman Hawkins Big Band live at The Savoy Ballroom 1940.
My advice to new listeners is to attend as many concerts you can even though you may not know the musicians who are playing.
We sent a confirmation message to . Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, check your spam, bulk or promotions folder.
Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community!