Press: Carlos Bica - "Single"
“The Magic of Composition”
Pure serenity and foresight. There is no need for anything else. In times
of a global fun society and arbitrariness (even in Jazz) it is good to
still have islands like the music of Carlos Bica and Azul.
“Believer”, the new album of the remarkable trio Azul, shines
neon blue and in a jazzy-melancholic way with ingenious spaces, telling
about the other side of the wind. These are songs without words, relaxed
soundscapes, whose mediterranean grooves are easily able to hold the balance
between dramatic and playful art… Music for eternity.
13 songs that fascinate in their sensual melancholia and radicalism that
pushes the boundaries. However, they also come across with such a familiarity
as if they were recordings of thriftily arranged evergreens… The
Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa once wrote: “Fado is neither joy
nor sadness, but the independent in-between.” This might be the
best-fitting description for one of the most touching albums of this year.
Melodic landscapes that could have come from Radiohead or Tortoise.
The magic of shaping.
The Portuguese Carlos Bica is not only a brilliant double-bass player,
he also represents a highly individual band concept…
As a guest on the turntables DJ Illvibe discretely maintains the secret
of the album's poetry.
Azul appears to celebrate their ten-year anniversary with their excellent
album “Believer”. It is the kind of jazz that cannot be completed,
that searches and researches. It is therefore also much more precious
– since it passes hills and valleys, oceans and tides without settling
down – jazz without limits.
Carlos Bica did it again. “Believer” is one of his best and
coherent works. It is Bica’s fourth record with his acclaimed project
Azul. Two musicians that are regulars of the musical personality of the
project accompany Bica: guitarist Frank Möbus and Drummer Jim Black.
Furthermore DJ Illvibe (alias Vincent von Schlippenbach) on turntables
contributes to the album. Each time we listen to the album we discover
new odds and ends as well as subtle details in the arrangements, elements
that help us with the (re)construction of the extremely solid underlying
music concept. Carlos Bica claims that the focus is on the music not the
musicians. And that is noticeable, especially in the way the musicians
create every mood and every melody as well as the open spaces that allow
for the songs to breathe their own rhythm which is so essential. Bica’s
music is highly original and although the different influences are clearly
recognizable – from alternative rock to Fado, from pop to contemporary
classical music or folk –, it never becomes a musical “pastiche”.
Quite the contrary, as all elements converge to a universal piece of art
that communicates through jazz.
“The movie that needs to be made”
Is it correct to call Carlos Bica a jazz musician? Perhaps this label
is unsufficient, and “Believer”, one of the best albums of
the year 2006, provides the evidence. The starting point: Carlos Bica
is one of the best Portuguese double-bassists and has formed the trio
Azul with two brilliant musicians, Frank Möbus and Jim Black. “Believer”
starts from jazz and sets sails to unlikely destinations: From rock via
drum'n'bass to blues, the variety is enormous. Melodic worlds blend with
carefully modelled scenarios. The overall result is a vast landscape Carlos
Bica’s double-bass is leading us through. DJ Illvibe appears as
a special guest, contributing to five songs with his turntables. Songs?
– Exactly; for the structures Carlos Bica has built are so clear
they could as well be accompanied with lyrics and voice. On “Believer”
Carlos Bica proves his potency as a contemporary composer and far exceeds
the limits of music. For this reason he not accidentally designed one
of the best Portuguese albums of the year.
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