ZARABATANA

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Zarabatana are a Portuguese trio based in Lisbon and their stellar debut, Fogo na Carne, is among the first 2015 releases from their countryman at A Giant Fern, probably one of the most visually interesting tape imprints to spring into some measure of “prominence” last year; after devouring a supply of imprinted wooden tape boxes, AGF has lately coming down to everyone else’s level by settling for “just” bodacious j-card artwork. Though this is Zarabatana’s debut, they’ve apparently gathered a strong local following thanks to their lively exploration of improvised and unusual free jazz formulations, and that’s about all I can say to that effect thanks to my shoddy programming in Portugese… though translations can at least communicate that the band is centered around Swaziland born trumpeter Yaw Tembe, with bass work from Bernardo Alvarez and truly varied percussion by Carlos Godinho. I can also see that their music has read more...
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ZARABATANA Fogo na Carne album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Fogo na Carne
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ZARABATANA Fogo na Carne

Album · 2015 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Zarabatana are Lisbon,Portugal based free jazz trio. Their debut tape has been released on tiny local label in January 2015 and is already OOP.In modern world where each day brings us few more new jazz albums, why them?

Think about cosmopolitan band where Portuguese rhythm section (bassist and percussionist) play African rhythms and Swaziland-born trumpeter blows Parker -influenced bop and complex Wadada Leo Smith-influenced free style clear flying solos without even traces of his motherland tradition. All music is finalized in raw acoustic but extremely harmonic mix, never attacking,aggressive or,oppositely,esoteric and meditative.

They sound as aliens from the times when jazz was young and sounded fresh, but at the same time with freedom coming from 60s and modernity of today's advanced scenes. They obviously enjoy playing their music and don't care much if it is what modern market is waiting for from everyone expecting to find a success there. They are genuine, and listener believes in what they do.

Most probably they are best debut of the year 2015.

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