90

Dennis Gonzalez - Joao Paulo: So Soft Yet

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Recorded in Portugal, Texas trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and Portuguese keyboardist Joao Paulo offer a temperate pastoral setting, grounded on the duo's intake of regional sensibilities, ethnocentricities and emotive responses to cultural and spiritual components. With the effective use of space acting as a third instrument, the duo strikes an ethereal balance, spanning open-air panoramas, lush phrasings and resonating micro-themes via a largely unhurried gait.

The musicians infuse variable moods amid Paulo's edgy and darkly woven electric keys to counter the resonating exchanges and peppery upsurges in pitch. Paulo also performs on acoustic piano, and uses the accordion to shade the proceedings with a mild sense of Spanish bravado. The artists sublimely present a study in contrasts, with contrapuntal maneuvers and orbital choruses in concert with an aggregation of softly stated peaks and valleys.

Gonzalez's concise expressionism on cornet features a myriad of gradually ascending choruses, subtle trills and gently grooving statements. These factors are driven home on "Taking Root," where Paulo's pumping accordion lines perpetuate a sequence of drifting melodies and stately inferences. However, the musicians firmly implant the jazz improvisation component into the big picture.

The duo's deterministic approach and irrefutable synergy provide a baseline for this endearing effort. It's a change of pace from the respective artists discographies, often centered on avant, semi-free or power-packed structural underpinnings. It's a symmetrical presentation that casts shadowy environs to complement many luminescent passages and keenly executed improvisational etudes along with dips, spikes and soul-stirring enactments.

Track Listing: Como a Noite; Broken Harp; Deathless; Thirst; Taking Root; El Destierro; Sleeping Thunder; Burning Brain; Yielding to Song; Sobre Mi Mi Koracon Doloryozo; Augurio.

Personnel: Dennis Gonzalez: C trumpet, Bb cornet: Joao Paulo Esteves Da Silva: acoustic and electric piano, accordion.

Title: So Soft Yet | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" CD/LP/Track Review Let Your Mind...Space Out
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 31, 2017
Read "Windmills" CD/LP/Track Review Windmills
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 7, 2016
Read "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" CD/LP/Track Review Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "Tether" CD/LP/Track Review Tether
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 12, 2017
Read "Storyteller" CD/LP/Track Review Storyteller
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 9, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.