Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

213

Ricardo Gallo: Urdimbres Y Maranas

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
Urdimbres Y Maranas (literally, fabric and tangles) is the second release by the Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo and his quartet, the first being Los Cerros Testigos (Chonta, 2006).

The aim of their music is the same: to blend traditional Colombian music, especially its rhythms, with the freedom of the American jazz aesthetic. The former album was full of energy and high spirits with the tracks gloriously exposing the clash of the two differing musical mindsets.

The first album produced a kind of welding of styles, but this release creates a real alloy. However, the tracks are seemingly purposefully ordered to bring about a gradual transition from the mostly traditional to the mostly jazz.

What this means is that the musical elements of the opening track, "Tablitas," reinforce each other to place the piece solidly in the folk sphere with little to displace it. The harmony oscillates between two chords and the rhythm maintains a simple pattern. Over this, Gallo's piano (and Juan Manuel Toro's bass) phrases fall in lockstep with harmonic movement, producing a feeling of simplicity with rare notes or chords that move outside the boundaries set up. From this track, one might think that Gallo has regressed, or reassessed his musical goals.

However, that feeling will be proven wrong as the tracks gradually add in the freedom that one takes for granted in jazz, with "Artifico" and "Remolino" teetering on the fulcrum with a half-and-half mix. From there, "Ventanas," with its odd length repeated phrase on Fender Rhodes and less obvious percussion moves the listener into jazz land.

"El Trueque" begins with a polyrhythm produced by a repeated note in the piano played against the drums and percussion, but then becomes a true jazz romp with Colombian undertones and is very exciting. The next and longest track, "Contradicciones De Una Serpiente Inversa," written by Toro, is a very free exploration of rhythm, using many techniques that sound experimental and we are hearing free Colombian jazz, if you will.

The last track, "Distritofobia," completes the journey as the music now is full of dissonance, shifts of rhythm, interplay between the piano and the percussion and very heavy bass line. This is now fully Colombian jazz, the real alloy, and it is a joyous thing to hear.

Gallo really knows what he is about and has clearly worked hard to create something new while not forgetting his past or his present. His music further confirms the definition of jazz as an aesthetic, a musical viewpoint, an attitude, and he and his band are to be watched.

Track Listing: Tablitas; La Inundacion; Esto Es Un Paseo; Artificio; Remolino Humano; Ventanas; El Trueque; Contradicciones De Una Serpiente Inversa; La Distritofobia.

Personnel: Jorge Sepulveda: drums; Juan David Castano: cununo (1, 8), tambor alegre (2, 5, 7, 8, 9), caja vallenata (3), cymbals (4), agogos (6), cajon (8), conga (8), rattles (8); Juan Manuel Toro: bass, electric bass (9); Ricardo Gallo: piano, Fender Rhodes (3, 6).

Title: Urdimbres Y Maranas | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Somewhere Glimmer CD/LP/Track Review Somewhere Glimmer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "Honey And Salt" CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read "Cultural Capital" CD/LP/Track Review Cultural Capital
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Miles Goes Wes" CD/LP/Track Review Miles Goes Wes
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Two Calls" CD/LP/Track Review Two Calls
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 5, 2017
Read "Paint" CD/LP/Track Review Paint
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 16, 2017
Read "Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Onward
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 5, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!