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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mighty swings

Local jazzmen of force and groove hit BA stages

by Miguel Bronfman

For the Herald

PÁJARO DE FUEGO - TRANCE; ESTEBAN SEHINKMAN TRIO. In his fourth solo album, pianist and keyboardist Esteban Sehinkman leads his formidable trio once again into a new exciting trip of highly combustible, modern and electrified grooving jazz. Pájaro de fuego is one of those albums made of several layers of sound, climaxes and moods, and which, though it may seem simple at first sight, has much more material to offer once we scratch beneath the surface.

A clear follow-up to its predecessor, El sapo argentino de boca ancha (the first album of the trio completed by Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla on drums and Matías Mendez on electric bass), Sehinkman now takes those ideas and musical conceptions and stretches them even further, achieving a new sound in which the principles of jazz (where Sehinkman comes from as a musician, as his first two albums amply prove) are just reduced exactly to that, namely, guiding principles through which the music flows, a receptive mold into which other influences are poured to be processed, refurnished and fueled by a high-spirited trio that keeps nothing for themselves. If anything, this albums stands apart because, from the very first note, the listener is made aware that the energy of these musicians won’t pass unnoticed, that a musical but also physical experience is about to take place.

With seven original pieces and a fragment of a composition by Camille Saint-Säens (the closing track, a truly beautiful and calm epilogue which nevertheless leaves the album slightly open), the music gradually develops as a hypnotic, feverish electronic trance (Sehinkman only plays Rhodes piano and other synthesizers, but no acoustic piano), every piece subtly connected with the following, forming, in the end, a coherent whole. Thus, different emotions arise, from euphoric dance grooves to more introspective melodies, and the trio (and its guests: Lulo Isod on percussion, Mariana Bianchini on vocals, Sergio Alvarez on guitar and Nicolás Sorín on voice and electronic interventions) always builds a curve ball into its arsenal to keep things interesting. It’s not only that they play fast and groovy: above all, they play with ideas, and with the will to go beyond the most obvious choices.

Working as a power jazz trio, Sehinkman, Piazzolla and Mendez bring together the improvisational character of jazz, along with 1970s jazz-rock, ambiance music, electronic atmospheres, danceable grooves and other, more subtle influences. In doing so, in dealing with complicated rhythms and textures, but never giving up on the idea of a deep musical search, they create an absorbing sound, which gently mixes intense and visceral playing with intelligent and daring musical ideas. Highly recommended.

Where and When: Esteban Sehinkman will present Pájaro de Fuego next Fridays, May 18 and 25, at 9.30pm at Thelonious Club, Salguero 1884 (4829-1562).


DESDE UN JARDÍN; ANDRÉS HAYES QUINTETO. This is tenor saxophonist Andrés Hayes’ second output as a leader. This time he fronts a great band formed by Ernesto Jodos on piano, Patricio Carpossi on electric guitar, Pedro Ahets Etcheberry on drums and Jerónimo Carmona on double-bass, with which he has also been playing lately, confirming in a live setting everything the album had promised upon first listening when we reviewed it here last month. Desde un jardín, which Hayes continues to present these days, brings six original compositions by himself, plus one track by Jodos, who many times works as the implicit organizer-in-the-shadows of this entertaining, swinging date.

Fostering a classic sound and moving comfortably in mid- and up-tempo, post-bopish tunes, Hayes does his work with aplomb, unfolding a pleasant sound on the saxophone. While he rarely shoots an unexpected line, he finds the best notes for the situation, rather than the quickest or the most complex runs.

Indeed, there is a thorough care for melodic improvisation, with Hayes, Carpossi and Jodos building inter-related solos; in doing so, they search for their own lyricism, but also look after their shared, communal ideas. All this gives the album a certain unity, and the quality of a coherent whole; with a pleasant tone, free of aggressiveness, the music flows gently through ample and rather relaxed spaces.

Where and When: Hernán Hayes will present Desde un jardín next Friday 11 at 9.30pm at Thelonious.


ENRIQUE NORRIS. Widely recognized and appraised by his fellow musicians, cornet and piano player Enrique Norris, despite his perennial low profile, is one of the most original and daring jazz musicians in the country, mentor to many of the jazz musicians that animate the local scene today (including those mentioned above in this column). An artist who is always searching for new ways and sounds, never afraid to dive into risky territories when it comes to improvisation, all his projects offer, without exception, stimulating, brainy and spiritual music. For some time now, and though he takes part in several projects at the same time, he has been playing with his regular trio, completed by Maximiliano Kirszner on double-bass and Pablo Díaz on drums, and they are now presenting material from their recently released (in an independent label) 300. Highly recommended.

Where and When: Enrique Norris and his trio will perform tomorrow, Friday 11 at 10.30pm at Virasoro Bar, Guatemala 4328, 4831-8918.

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