Lucía Pulido: Dejala Llorar
Lucia Pulido (vocals)
Waning Moon (Adventure Music AM1042 2)
Lucia Pulido (vocals),
Adam Koller (clarinet), Sebastián Cruz (guitar, maraca), Stomu Takeishi (bass), Ted Poor (drums).
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, February 2006
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
"Dejala Llorar," which means "Let Her Cry," was never conceived as a jazz song; it's a traditional festive aria indigenous to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Pulido's voice is powerful but exceptionally controlled, as she successfully navigates the Spanish lyrics through an uneven time signature, with her voice soaring above the complex rhythms.
As the arranger, Cruz deserves much credit for fusing improvised New York jazz in such a way that illuminates, not dilutes the culturally rich tune. The theme, stated by Koller and Cruz, is asymmetrical but logical in a way similar to Ornette Coleman's harmolodics. Koller's solo clarinet is given much room to create, first by providing counterpoint to Pulido's vocals, then by a free-form solo that's firmly avant-garde. Poor is nearly soloing right along with him, but never takes his hand off the rhythmic tiller.
There's much to appreciate from the lively, romantic historical music of South America and the malleability of American avant-garde jazz. "Dejala Llorar" lets us appreciate both at once.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron