Giovanni Mirabassi: El Paso del Ebro
El Paso del Ebro
Giovanni Mirabassi (piano)
Avanti! (Sketch 333015)
Giovanni Mirabassi (piano).
Recorded: Pernes-les-Fontaines, France, May 14-15, 2000
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi lives in Paris and obviously has an internationally oriented soul. For this solo record, he collected songs of revolt and craving for freedom from all over the world, such as this Spanish Civil War song that the Liberation Music Orchestra included in its 1968 historical record. (There it's called "Viva la Quince Brigada (Long Live the Fifteenth Brigade)" and is part of a lengthy "Medley.") Mirabassi's version, by contrast, is far from the original chant of victory and closer to a romantic fantasy, with vibrant, lyrical chords and a re-harmonized melody that acquires nostalgic hues.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum