Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

5

Albare: The Road Ahead

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Albare: The Road Ahead Moroccan born guitarist Albere (Albert Dadon) emigrated to Australia at the age of 27 and blossomed into a celebrated jazz guitarist who also directs the Melbourne Jazz Festival amid other jazz-related endeavors. Here, he focuses on melodic textures via a breezy gait, employing a synth guitar and six-string electric while exhibiting an unhurried or building-block approach to soloing. To some extent Albare is a polite guitarist who doesn't plunge into super-speed technical gymnastics. The majority of these pieces are executed with slow to medium tempo cadences. However, his musical presence is broadened by a touch of reverb that casts a halo of sorts.

Many of these comps are designed with flourishing thematic frameworks such as, the blustery Latin-jazz treated "The Gift, where each member of the band strut their stuff during climactically oriented solo spots. The guitarist employs tuneful inflections and places subtle emphasis on primary motifs. Appropriately, "Heart of Heart" projects warmth and tenderness, but the ensemble works within variable grooves, including a Bossa Nova segment and a soft shuffle beat. Albare's over-the-top choruses include colorful trills and treatments like a painter meticulously crafting a work of art.

Pianist Phil Turcio launches "New Signs" with a brisk solo and graceful line of attack, driving the band into an up-tempo gala, teeming with paradigm shifts and variable levels of intensity. They generate some high-heat during the bridge and conclude the album with "The Road Ahead Part B," highlighted by a loose sequence of developments and Albare's bluesy and ethereal choruses. Indeed, Albare crafts a signature stylization, largely within serene environs and harmonically attractive pieces, interspersed with a few thriving tracks, providing an improvisational forum for the musicians to engage in pulsating exchanges.


Track Listing: Road Ahead part A; Intro to Give me 5; Give me 5; Intro to the Gift; The Gift; Expectations; Intro to Heart of Heart Revisited; Heart of Heart; No Love Lost; New Signs; Tender You; Overjoyed; The Road Ahead Part B.

Personnel: Albare: guitar and synth guitar; Phil Turcio: piano; Yunior Terry: bass; Pablo Bencid: drums; Allan Harris: vocals (12).

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Enja Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Umbrella Weather CD/LP/Track Review Umbrella Weather
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Born In An Urban Ruin CD/LP/Track Review Born In An Urban Ruin
by John Sharpe
Published: January 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs) CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "One More Manhattan" CD/LP/Track Review One More Manhattan
by Jim Olin
Published: May 28, 2016
Read "Agartha" CD/LP/Track Review Agartha
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "Marianne" CD/LP/Track Review Marianne
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 28, 2016
Read "Illegal Crowns" CD/LP/Track Review Illegal Crowns
by John Sharpe
Published: December 10, 2016
Read "So Far So Close" CD/LP/Track Review So Far So Close
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "In Concert" CD/LP/Track Review In Concert
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 6, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!