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André Carvalho: The Garden Of Earthly Delights

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This third album from Portuguese bassist André Carvalho is a study in contrasts. Inspired by the work of artist Hieronymus Bosch—his style in general and, of course, the titular painting—Carvalho set about composing a long-form work reflecting the range and balance of character(s) endemic to the mysterious Dutch painter's creations. This stunning suite is the result.

Reflecting Bosch's art, Carvalho deals with and delves into the topic of humanity. That, naturally, results in a balance of highs and lows, joys and fears, and the concrete and surreal. The stage is set with a "Prelude" hinting at those ideals. There, Carvalho's arco bass embodies the shifting sands of time and being, Eitan Gofman's bass clarinet adds a touch of dark-hued beauty to the picture, the blending and swirling of said horn with Oskar Stenmark's trumpet and Jeremy Powell's soprano forms a rich and moody sonority that fills the canvas, and guitarist Andre Matos and drummer Rodrigo Recabarren prove sensitive to all of the changes that develop in the atmosphere. It's a finely-calibrated sextet that tends this garden.

As Carvalho and his compatriots move deeper and deeper into Bosch's world, the music comes to lean on some of its central struggles—most notably, the pitting of form against freedom and style against self. For example, take "The Fountain," where Gofman's peaceable flute musings are set against a backdrop of uncertainty. It's but one of many illustrations of how one man's art begets another's; as the program plays on, not surprisingly, there are plenty more.

Strong performances abound across the album, as each track manages to stand on its own and complement the others. Carvalho captures the imagination with his true solo stand and artfully individualistic rendering of the Dragon Tree on "Dracaena Draco." The myth and mystery endemic to avant-garde attitudes come to the fore on "Of Mermaids And Mermen." Sound sculpture and ambient music reckon with the void and the great unknown on "The Towers Of Eden." And slamming rock meets with skewed and skewered horns on the aptly titled "Evil Parade." Carvalho's work, like that of his inspiration for this project, is both in bounds and out of this world, presenting earthly delights and otherworldly insights all at once.

Track Listing: Prelude; The Fools Of Venus; The Fountain; Dracaena Draco; Of Mermaids And Mermen; Cherries, Brambles And Strawberries; The Towers Of Eden; Evil Parade; The Thinker In The Tavern; The Forlorn Mill; Phowa

Personnel: Oskar Stenmark: trumpet, flugelhorn; Eitan Gofman: tenor saxophone (2, 4, 5, 10), flute (3, 4), bass clarinet (1, 7, 11); Jeremy Powell: soprano saxophone (1, 2, 4, 5, 10), tenor saxophone (6, 8, 11), flute (5); André Matos: guitar; André Carvalho: couble bass, wrinkled paper (9); Rodrigo Recabarren: drums, percussion, bomba legüero.

Title: The Garden Of Earthly Delights | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Outside In Music

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