EMILIO TEUBAL, MUSICA PARA UN DRAGON DORMIDO

Strong writing and an exemplary band make for rewarding interplay and a worthwhile engagement for listeners who press play on keyboardist Emilio Teubal’s Música Para Un Dragon Dormido (BJU Records.) Translated to mean “Music For A Sleeping Dragon,” it’s a grand presentation for the boldly talented Argentinean leader who, on his third album, folds musical elements and native rhythms from his homeland into a soundscape of sonic grooves, electric bass and attenuated percussion that gives this recording a fresh and contemporary feeling. The passionate music relates to specific stories from Teubal’s life and experiences and evolves from strong melodic themes, which gives the recording a cinematic vibe. There’s a raw beauty in the melodic yearning in tunes like “The Constant Reinventor” and the spirited interwoven bass and percussion that inflates “Nikko” (inspired by ECM artist Nik Bärtsch.) Teubal is a confident composer and kick-ass keyboardist (“El Tema de Ludmilla”) with a generous spirit – he shares plenty of space with his band that includes the up-and-coming saxophonist Sam Sadigursky, percussionist John Hadfield, electric bassist Moto Fukushima, cellist Eric Friedlander (“El Acrobata”) and alternating percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

More encompassing than a traditional Latin jazz album, Emilio Tuebal takes to a world stage, composing tunes peppered with novel sounds and earthy textures, all of which makes Música Para un Dragon Dormida uplifting and fully involving. The album is beautifully recorded and mixed -- each instrument is vividly distinguished across a wide soundstage. (9 tracks; 64 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: EMILIO TEUBAL, MUSICA PARA UN DRAGON DORMIDO

Thursday, May 2, 2013

EMILIO TEUBAL, MUSICA PARA UN DRAGON DORMIDO

Strong writing and an exemplary band make for rewarding interplay and a worthwhile engagement for listeners who press play on keyboardist Emilio Teubal’s Música Para Un Dragon Dormido (BJU Records.) Translated to mean “Music For A Sleeping Dragon,” it’s a grand presentation for the boldly talented Argentinean leader who, on his third album, folds musical elements and native rhythms from his homeland into a soundscape of sonic grooves, electric bass and attenuated percussion that gives this recording a fresh and contemporary feeling. The passionate music relates to specific stories from Teubal’s life and experiences and evolves from strong melodic themes, which gives the recording a cinematic vibe. There’s a raw beauty in the melodic yearning in tunes like “The Constant Reinventor” and the spirited interwoven bass and percussion that inflates “Nikko” (inspired by ECM artist Nik Bärtsch.) Teubal is a confident composer and kick-ass keyboardist (“El Tema de Ludmilla”) with a generous spirit – he shares plenty of space with his band that includes the up-and-coming saxophonist Sam Sadigursky, percussionist John Hadfield, electric bassist Moto Fukushima, cellist Eric Friedlander (“El Acrobata”) and alternating percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

More encompassing than a traditional Latin jazz album, Emilio Tuebal takes to a world stage, composing tunes peppered with novel sounds and earthy textures, all of which makes Música Para un Dragon Dormida uplifting and fully involving. The album is beautifully recorded and mixed -- each instrument is vividly distinguished across a wide soundstage. (9 tracks; 64 minutes)

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