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Manel Fortia

Barcelona/NYC based upright bassist Manel Fortià lives a very prolific moment. His melodic sense, rhythmic precision and creativity have made him one of the most unique and original musicians of the new generation, who has become a versatile sideman in high demand and who also leads his own projects. His recent albums as a leader include: “Despertar” (2022, Microscopi) playing fresh own compositions inspired in New York alongside his new European Trio featuring Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida and French drummer Raphaël Pannier. “Arrels” (2021, Microscopi), the debut recording of his new free-flamenco-jazz Libérica project, featuring the multi-awarded singer and saxophonist Antonio Lizana



Label: Segell Microscopi
Released: 2022
Track listing: Dormir; Circular; Saudades; Espiritual; El dia despues; Crescente; Aires de libertad; Simple; Despertar.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melanie De Biasio, Mary Halvorson and More

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melanie De Biasio, Mary Halvorson and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is a show of varied moods with provocative vocals by Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melanie De Biasio, piano music from Bill Evans and Peter Madsen, some vintage Mary Halvorson and a lot more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski

Read "Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Major League Baseball's All-Star game marks mid-season and we celebrate America's pastime with Atlanta Braves organist and Hammond B-3 groover Matthew Kaminski with a song from his LA Connection album featuring Jeff Hamilton and Bruce Forman. We also hear new music from Manel Fortia, Ester Wiesernova and Adam Shulman. In between, hear classics by Pete Daily's ...


Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Manel Fortia Despertar Segell Microscopi 2022 Beginning softly and politely, as befits its title definition (trans. “fall asleep"), “Dormir" is the ...


Article: Album Review

Manel Fortia: Despertar

Read "Despertar" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Manel Fortia is from Barcelona, Spain, but between 2016 and 2020 he lived in New York City. His experiences in both cities are the building blocks of the music he composed for this trio album which combines elegant Mediterranean romance with bristling big city energy. The solemn resonance of Fortia's bass plucking on ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Manel Fortià, Marco Cappelli, Louis Matute, Hans Lüdemann & More New Releases

Read "Manel Fortià, Marco Cappelli, Louis Matute, Hans Lüdemann & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This set is dedicated to the proposition that when you leave it to jazz musicians, cultural differences bring people together, not apart. These projects mix cultural traditions, or music-making understandings, to generate a “folklore without borders." Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Louis Matute ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Welcome To Adventure

Read "Welcome To Adventure" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are indeed some adventuresome artists in this edition of One Man's Jazz, although I pilfered the title for the show from the title of the Welcome To Adventure Vol. 2 by Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gérald Cleaver. So far, their first volume has been the best-selling album in the history of 577 ...


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Label: Segell Microscopi
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:03


Article: Album Review

Marquès / Fortià/ Pannier: Bulería Brooklyniana

Read "Bulería Brooklyniana" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In Bulería Brooklyniana, the mystery and magic of flamenco music stews in the melting pot that is New York. It's a project that speaks directly to the form's rhythmic graces, European bearing, and mystical charms while also highlighting the flexibility and vision of a dynamic Franco-Catalan trio with a foothold in the Borough of Kings.


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