"Los Tiestos de Moca" is composer Valderrama's tribute to his mother, who makes pottery for a living in a secluded region of Venezuela. It's described as a Venezuelan meringue, which is distinguished by its 5/8 rhythm. Granados starts out in unison with bassist Koch, playing the melody in a nearly rubato classically restrained fashion. The full ensemble then repeats the line in a bracing 5/8 rhythm and Granados solos spiritedly above Glem's vigorous accompaniment on cuatro (a 4-stringed guitar). Granados's flawless intonation and articulation are quite apparent, as is his skilled use of slurs, trills, and other devices. His fast-fingered ease with the rhythm, and his inventive thematic variations prove that he is no mere robotic technician. Koch and Glem follow with shorter solos that are both fluent and highly expressive. The breezy theme is once again briskly handled by the agile and commanding Granados.
November 20, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: venezuela
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