Maria João and Mário Laginha: Há Gente Aqui
Wofgang Muthspiel (acoustic guitar), Trilok Gurtu (drums, percussion).
Composed by Mário Laginha.
Recorded: Neutraubling, Germany, February 1998
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
A very exotic number masterfully mixing jazz, folk and classical elements. Laginha's virtuoso phrasing on the piano has classical roots, as do Muthspiel's acoustic guitar arpeggios, and both players obviously speak fluent jazz. Gurtu's cymbal polyrhythms derive from his Indian background and from American drummers, but his tabla adds a clearly oriental color. As for João's voice, it is simply out of this world. Upbeat staccato scat singing, timbre and inflections that conjure up an animal cry, a baby's moan, an old man's grunt – she is everything and anything she wants to be, and we can't help falling under her spell.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num