humorous playfulness, dramatical heaviness – all that comes together for a stimulating palette of blue shades.
Carlos Bica´s Azul
with Jim Black & Frank Möbus
23th september – 09th october 2009
“Believer” ENJA Records
?? 23 ??
24 – 09 Graz/A
25 – 09 Ravensburg/D
26 – 09 Heilbronn/D
27 – 10 Rotterdam/NL
?? 28-30 ??
01 – 10 Barcelona/E tbc
02 – 10 Tilburg/NL
03 – 10 St. Gallen/CH
04 – 10 Geneva/CH
?? 05 - 08 ??
09 – 10 Sarajewo/BH
Southern lightness, highly energetic density,
Carlos Bica b
Frank Möbus g
Jim Black dr
I hope, you are doin ´ fine.
We are still looking for engagements between the
23rd of september and the 8th of October 2009.
It ´s a great opportunity to book this
rare touring Trio.
Please let me know .....
1. Iceland 04:26 | 2. Alguem Olhará Por TI 04:33 | 3. White Wall 02:13 | 4. P Beat 02:41 | 5. Smile 02:02 | 6. Catch The Cat 02:02 | 7. Luscious 04:14 | 8. Marinha Grunge 02:56 | 9. Portuguese Seaman 02:23 | 10. John Wayne 04:21 | 11. Believer 09:38 | 12. Vergiss Nicht 03:57 | 13. Through The Mirror 04:12
Total time: 49'38
"The first real jazz star of the decade" (Frankfurter Allg. Zeitung), Carlos Bica is both a remarkable composer and outstanding bass player. He has the rare ability to write melodies that essentially are songs without words, haunting and unforgettable. Inspired by many different sources -- classical music, jazz, rock, pop, fado, world music, folk --, Bica's music always possesses a special atmosphere of poetry and magic. He started his trio Azul in the nineties incorporating obstinate guitar genius Frank Möbus (leader of Der Rote Bereich) and fascinating drum wizard Jim Black (of Dave Douglas fame) into a unique ensemble concept. The three of them go for a fresh mixture of jazz beats, rock twists and Mediterranean melodicism and a soundscape repeatedly compared to Radiohead and Tortoise. "The musicians dare to leave open spaces -- one of the most obvious strengths of the trio," says Jazzthetik magazine. "Southern lightness, highly energetic density, humorous playfulness, dramatic heaviness -- all that comes together for a stimulating palette of blue shades."
"Believer" is Azul's fourth album celebrating this Portuguese-German-American band's 10th anniversary. Says bandleader Bica: "The focus is on the songs, not on the musicians, yet at the same time there is a lot of space for the musicians' own expressions - which is what makes this music different from pop music." As visionary and sophisticated as its predecessors, the new album in addition features the turntablism of DJ Illvibe (aka Vincent von Schlippenbach) who is best known as a member of Berlin's dancehall projects Seeed and Lychee Lassi. His participation partly sounds as if 'produced' but was actually created in a totally spontaneous studio session. Pushed by DJ Illvibe's scratch sounds Azul's multi-urban grooves open a bright window into the future.
"... a master of clear, voicing bass-sounds ..."
"Azul has a great spectrum – not at least because the musicians represent very different musical cultures thanks to their origins.
This results in an emotionally stamped searching for new sounds."
"Each member of the trio is exciting as a soloist, accompanist and musical painter. Fusion sounds are locked out. Nevertheless
(or just because of that) the music sounds fresh, unused and – beautiful."
"The musicians dare to leave open spaces – one of the most obvious strenghts of the trio. Southern lightness, highly energetic density,
humorous playfulness, dramatical heaviness – all that comes together for a stimulating palette of blue shades."
"The mixture of ironically cool rock guitar, differentiated jazz and subtle groove, and Portuguese, Sephardic and North African folk
elements creates a magical pull which gently pushes surprised stereotypes aside and develops an almost trance-like grooving ambiguity
from which it is increasingly difficult to escape the longer it lasts."
"Bica’s often smooth melody line is regularly broken by the other two musicians: a simple but effective concept. The images which arise in this way merge to a sort of sound track, only that the story behind it has a very uncertain ending. "Musically, he lets himself be inspired by the songs of his childhood. Aimless longing and hymnist self pity characterise the metropolitan melancholic, whose songs Bica sings on his bass."
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