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Serpa, Sara / Mobile
Album:Mobile Collection:Jazz
Artist:Serpa, Sara Added:Oct 2011
Label:Inner Circle Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-10-16 Pull Date:2011-12-18 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 18Dec 11Dec 4Nov 27Nov 20Nov 13Nov 6Oct 23

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 11, 2015:Clean Copper Radio PARIS COP TALK
Gold Digging Ants
4.Nov 29, 2011:Rebop
Ahab's Lament
2.Dec 13, 2011:Rebop
Sem Razão, If
5.Nov 22, 2011:Rebop
Sem Razão
3.Dec 06, 2011:Rebop
Gold Digging Ants
6.Nov 18, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Sequoia Gigantis

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-10-16 
Inner Circle, 2011

VOCAL JAZZ – Portuguese vocalist/composer Sara Serpa is truly unique. Serpa’s near-ethereal scatting is predominant here, with her supple, crystal-clear voice soaring in a realm of pure (but angular) melody. Great literary works with voyaging themes are the inspiration for ten challenging pieces. She’s backed by a fine modernist quartet including Kris Davis on piano and Andre Matos on guitars. Cool stuff.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

1. 8:09 – spoken intro, then vocal floats over evolving quartet, guitar soars
2. 7:23 – rhythmic piece with twisty vocal lines, careful piano & tumbling drums
3. 6:22 – unfolds slowly: calm vocal, acoustic guitar & keyboard build up
4. 7:23 – builds from a circular pattern: agitated piano solo, excellent vocal
5. 6:08 – e.e. cummings poem: slow, drawn out and billowing
6. 4:23 – spare: voice & acoustic guitar work in unison, become untethered
7. 4:40 – aching fado vocal in a hall of mirrors, full of mystery and depth
8. 5:57 – spiky zig-zagging rhythm, geometric piano & vocal, turns crunchy
9. 4:47 – slow march into darkness: Portuguese lyrics, melancholy solos
10. 3:46 – eerie multi-tracked vocal, rumbling piano, very quiet improv

[ Fo ] - October 2011

Track Listing
1.Sequoia Gigantis 6.Traveling With Kapuszinsky
2.Ulysses's Costume 7.Sem Razão
3.Pilgrimage To Armanath 8.Gold Digging Ants
4.Ahab's Lament 9.Corto
5.If 10.City Of Light, City Of Darkness