Júlio Resende – Sons of Revolution (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:02 minutes | 427 MB | Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Fado
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music
“Júlio Resende has the profound ability to reinvent Portugal’s trademark deep, emotional music through the piano,” says the respected world music magazine Songlines of the Portuguese pianist/composer. Resende’s concept of Fado Jazz is a perfect example of how jazz has become a global language for free musical expression – a concept which has been fundamental to ACT ever since its foundation over 30 years ago. The freedom of the Portuguese people is closely associated with the Carnation Revolution of 1974, and Júlio Resende has dedicated “Sons of Revolution” to it. The peaceful overthrow of dictator Salazar not only paved the way for democracy but also marked the end of colonial wars in Mozambique and Angola. “Without the revolution, I wouldn’t even exist,” says Júlio Resende. “My father is from Angola, he emigrated to Portugal after the revolution, and met my mother.”Júlio Resende has dedicated his new album, ‘Sons of Revolution’, to the Carnation Revolution of 1974 which brought freedom to Portuguese People and shaped their culture and society as it is today. The peaceful overthrow of dictator Salazar not only paved the way for democracy but also marked the end of colonial wars in Mozambique and Angola.
“Without the revolution, I wouldn’t even exist,” says Júlio Resende. “My father is from Angola, he emigrated to Portugal after the revolution, and met my mother. The freedom to express myself is one of the dearest things to me, and jazz is
the music that enables that the most – without any borders or restrictions.”
‘Sons of Revolution’ features Resende’s perfectly synchronized quartet of bassist Alexandre Frazão, drummer André Rosinha, and Bruno Chaveiro on the lute-like guitarra portuguesa. The interplay between Resende and Chaveiro – who is the highly sought-after accompanist of Fado luminaries such as Carminho or Ana Moura, as well as Resende himself – reveal a musical colour very rarely heard in jazz. The same goes for the guest appearance of 2017 Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral on the ballad ‘A Casa Dela / Her House’, who has a strong jazz background and roots in the Portuguese song tradition. All these exceptional yet organic connections reveal the essence of Júlio Resende’s music: freedom, depth, emotional truthfulness and maximum expression.
Júlio Resende offers a vivid testimony to how deeply-rooted traditions have remained alive into the present day.
01. Júlio Resende – Portugal Celebrates with Red Flowers (02:34)
02. Júlio Resende – Liberdade Desgarrada (02:38)
03. Júlio Resende – Mr. Fado Goes to Africa for the First Time (03:17)
04. Júlio Resende – End of Colonial War! No Saudade (04:08)
05. Júlio Resende – Mano a Mano – Now We Are Brothers (05:03)
06. Júlio Resende – Peace at Last (04:53)
07. Júlio Resende – Anagrama – The Retornados Love Two Lands (04:38)
08. Júlio Resende – Portugal Dances Another Mariquinhas (03:37)
09. Júlio Resende – Improvisation About Traz Outro Amigo Também (02:30)
10. Júlio Resende – Fado Poinciana for Ahmad Jamal (05:26)
11. Júlio Resende – A Casa Dela Her House (04:14)
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