Continuum by David Virelles
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Pi Recordings
This mix of Cuban rhythm, electronics, incantatory poetry and modern jazz improvisation is a heady one. After a spoken-word intro and a hushed follow-up, the swinging on the pianist's album begins on "The Executioner," a track that distills the album's characteristics: It's energetic, mercurial and surprising. Wurlitzer organ tones and computer-assisted riffs permeate "Manongo Pabio," while a small horn section crops up in "Our Birthright." And Virelles' playing is stunning throughout. The overdose of richness takes a while to settle in the mind, but when it does, it's hard to shake.
Seth Colter Walls
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