The subject of Jordi Savall's latest historical exploration is the life of the 16th-century missionary Francisco Javier, better known outside the Spanish-speaking world as St Francis Xavier. He was one of the founders of the Jesuits, and travelled widely through the east, eventually reaching Japan and the islands of China, where he died. Savall's compilation uses the historical staging posts of Javier's life and times, from his birth in Navarre to the start of his missionary travels as the scaffolding for a typically imaginative and exotic sequence of musics, which begins in the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella and ends with the traditions of Japan and China. Like its predecessors, which were centred upon Christopher Columbus and Don Quixote, the musical performances by Savall's ensemble Hesperion XXI and his usual lineup of soloists, complemented here by Japanese performers, is packaged lavishly within the covers of a glossily illustrated 264-page book with texts in five languages. The multilingual presentation doesn't make it easy to find one's way around, but the discs themselves are vividly performed, and their variety is beguiling.
Jordi Savall, once more time, shares with us a beautiful program of instrumentals and chorals pieces from the middle age. Alfons X El Sabio Cantigas are the most popular music pieces about this period, but also really majestic. The sound of this album is really magic. A very good choice for a first approach…
This is the first duet album released by drummer Ferenc Nmeth and Valancian saxophonist Javier Vercher. They both share a musical vision which abounds in wide open possibilities of spontaneous improvisation with beautifull melodies and songs. Vercher is a young, prodigiously gifted saxophonist with powerful free playing that amazingly flows in this recording. Nemeth, a player of consummate subtlety and tasted, is a product of the jazz hotbed of Keszthely, Hungary.
Madrid-born tenor saxophonist and flautist Javier Vercher began his musical studies at an early age, under the direction of his father, himself a talented musician. Javier attended Berklee College in Boston, where he studied with Frank Tiberi, George Garzone, Greg Hopkins, David Johnson and Andy McGuee and learned directly from such figures as Mark Turner, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Lacy, Mike Stern, Curtis Fuller and Bob Mintzer and on leaving Berklee began playing in drummer Bob Moses' band.
La RAE da una sola definición para De Cerca: "a corta distancia". Una definición que podría ser también válida para este trabajo de Josemi Carmona (guitarra flamenca) y Javier Colina (contrabajo) con la colaboración especial y central en su proceso de creación de Bandolero (percusión, palmas) y dos invitados de lujo: Jorge Pardo (flauta) en "El incomprendido" y La Negra (voz) en "Verdad amarga". Sí, la corta distancia (entre ellos, pero también en relación al oyente que recibirá estas melodías) es uno de los lugares posibles en los que se establece el diálogo entre dos de los músicos con más personalidad de la escena internacional de nuestros días.
During his all-too-brief life, the Andalusian composer Manuel Blasco de Nebra (1750-1784) left behind a handful of keyboard works that evoke Scarlatti's concise forms and extraordinary powers of invention. Each of the sonatas consists of two movements: an adagio followed by a fast finale. The adagios are stark and full of gut-wrenching, slowly resolving dissonant moments, while unpredictable twists and turns characterize the almost Haydn-esque Allegros and Prestos, as well as the E minor Pastorela Minuet's discursive melodic trajectory. At times Blasco de Nebra foreshadows future soulmates; you might mistake the Op. 1 C minor sonata finale's persistent dotted rhythms for Schumann's. Javier Perianes understands what makes de Nebra tick, borne out by his varied articulations, wide dynamic spectrum, and shapely embellishments.
Javier Colina is considered to be one of the best bassist of the current European scene; an indispensable piece of the rhythmic basis that any group performing Latin fusions would desire. Marc Miralta is the second piece of this ideal rhythmic basis; the most versatile drummer of Spain and the one with greatest international projection. Perico Sambeat is one of the most distinguished saxophonist of Spain; a versatile musician who is prominent in the classical jazz as well in the most contemporary or in the fusions (especially with flamenco), always offering an elegant phrasing with his saxophone. A band that has been the basis of many projects of jazz and other styles like flamenco or Cuban music. A group who rely on style fusion, offering unrepeatable concerts in high connection with the audience.
Acclaimed Mexican singer Magos Herrera and Spanish guitarist and producer Javier Limón combine to form the acoustic duo Magos & Limón. With her deep, sultry voice and impeccable, bluesy phrasing, Herrera has been referred to as the Latin Cassandra Wilson. Already a household name in her native country, she relocated to New York, immersing herself in the city's urban jazz culture. Limón's work as a producer is varied and prolific (Caetano Veloso, Wynton Marsalis, Paco de Lucía), but it is his rich flamenco guitar work on display on Magos & Limón's 2014 debut Dawn. The duo's spare, poetic take on American and Latin jazz standards creates an evocative and sensual listen.