Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tradition in Transition

by Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro

Poking around a music store one day not too long ago, I was struck by what was playing on the overhead speakers. It was the tenth track on this album, 'Cançào Do Deserto', a hauntingly beautiful piece of music. It goes without saying that the purchase was assured.

This is my first exposure to Quantic, and I really like what he's doing. He's gathered a group of musicians from various backgrounds, in Cali Colombia, where he records. This album, the first with his Combo Bárbaro, is a lovely South American jazz album.

There are some songs that are sung, but most of the album is instrumental. The other stand out for me is 'Arianita', with it's triumphant horns.

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