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David Virelles – Mbókò

posted by David on 27.10.14 19:25 in Music Reviews Print  

The music features intelligent drumming from Gilmore who also adds splashes of colour and texture. The basses are always present in the mix, with Roman Diaz’s ethno drums to the fore along with the piano. The 10 Virelles compositions cover a wide range of emotions.

For David Virelles, New York based and Cuban born, this is his third outing for ECM. He previously appeared on Tomasz Stanko’s Wisława and Chris Potter’s The Sirens.

At first sight, the instrumentation here may look as though the music would be overly dense and that the musicians would collide. However, the 10 pieces on this recording prove that it is not even close to anything describable as a "collision."


Mbókò is subtitled "Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankomeko Abakua" indicating that there is a religious context here. The piano is featured alongside the two bass players (Thomas Morgan and Robert Hurst) with the usual trap set (Marcus Gilmore) and the four-drum biankomko kit (Roman Diaz). The Abakua is a magic-religious male initiation society in Cuba based on a West African masked dance performance. The role of the two double basses act as a ...


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