1

André Santos: Vitamina D

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
André Santos: Vitamina D Vitamina D is guitarist André Santos' third album, following Ponto de Partida (2013) and Mano A Mano (2014). Not having heard the earlier two discs, there is little to say here about this latest project in relation to Santos' earlier work.

That said, the cover of Vitamina D gives a good indication of the range of emotions presented by this intense player. On the left is the "raging" Santos, while on the right he appears calm, even sedate. These two sides of the musician are represented in the music, which, even in the softer, less distorted pieces (e.g. "Espanta Espiritos") is quite compressed, very forward-driven and full of pent-up energy.

The tracks are not tunes in the traditional sense —there are melodic fragments, some longer than others, and there is structure along with arrangements, but these and the rhythms used place this music as closer to emotional story telling or sound painting. His guitar playing does not feature many lines in the traditional sense, but rather chordal or melody/chords slabs of sound, sometimes with high distortion. In fact, the linear playing in "Super Mario" stands out exactly because it is not the norm; this track also contains the slickest and coolest groove on the record.

Given the kind of musical universe Santos inhabits, the term "power trio" comes to mind, and the other players, particularly drummer Tristan Renfrow throughout, but also bassist Matt Adomeit in many sections, are very important to the overall sound.

Each tune has sections which flow into each other quite smoothly —the band has obviously played together extensively enough to know where the music is heading at any particular time, with the strong feeling of improvisation. "Rainstorm" is the track closest to portraying nature in its beauty and power, while "Espanta Espiritos" surprisingly somehow evokes the American West with country and blues hints thrown in.

The title track has a little bit of everything: finger picking arpeggios accompany a melody that is quite pretty, but with undertones of danger or darkness. The piece builds continuously during its last third almost crashing down to the recapitulation of the opening, lighter feeling. "Broke Bad" is almost entirely high powered, distorted chordal playing, which is, however, broken up by softer, but just as intense sections which stretch the tension almost to the breaking point.

All of this music is quite idiosyncratic, extremely engaging and continually surprising. Santos obviously has a lot to say, almost to the point exploding to get it out. This band feels like it is going to be together for a long time, as they explore Santos' emotions put to music.


Track Listing: Rainstorm; Vitamina D; Super Mario; Buzzlightyear 'N' Me; Francamente; Broke Bad; Espanta Espiritos.

Personnel: André Santos: guitar; Tristan Renfrow: drums, harmonica, glockenspiel; Matt Adomeit: double bass.

Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Impermanence" CD/LP/Track Review Impermanence
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons" CD/LP/Track Review Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 14, 2016
Read "Malamute" CD/LP/Track Review Malamute
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "The Whole World Must Change" CD/LP/Track Review The Whole World Must Change
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 13, 2016
Read "1954" CD/LP/Track Review 1954
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!