Danca Das Cabecas shines as one of my top five titles in the ECM catalog along with Jan Garbarek's AFRIC PEPPERBIRD, Steve Tibbetts' EXPLODED VIEW, Ralph Towner's SOLSTICE, and Chick Corea's RETURN TO FOREVER. It's tough leaving out something from John Abercrombie, leader titles from Eberhard Weber and Terje Rypdal, something from Barre Phillips or Steve Reich, and even something from ECM's cash cows, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, and Keith Jarrett. Heck, I've left out a lot of others that come close to being on my top five list, including another title from Gismonti. So personal favorites prevail.
That's my take on this recording. I just love it, all the way down to the ominous last sound on the record left for us by Gismonti and the recording engineer which lifts me high and rapidly soaring through the stratosphere. This music reveals that greatness, although already has been achieved here by Gismonti and Vasconcelos, is possible for everyone else to achieve in whatever we...
Gismonti at his best!
This album is an ASTOUNDING exploration with unforgettable imagery from two world-class artists. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947, Egberto Gismonti recorded "Danca Das Cabecas" with Nana Vasconcelos when he was thirty-two years old. He had become fascinated several years earlier with a Brazilian form of popular music known as "choro", which features different types of guitars. To play this, Gismonti had to learn to play the guitar, first on the 6-string classical guitar, and then on the 10-string in 1973. For the next two years, he experimented with various tunings along with exploring new sounds. He was also attracted to Ravel's style of orchestration and chord voicings. Before "Danca", Gismonti had written for and conducted the Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, as well as recording several albums in Brazil, France, and Germany. One of the most staggeringly, hauntingly beautiful recordings ever made on this planet, "Danca Das...
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