Natalie Cressman, Ian Faquini – GUINGA (2024) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Natalie Cressman, Ian Faquini - GUINGA (2024) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz] Download

Natalie Cressman, Ian Faquini – GUINGA (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:07 minutes | 822 MB | Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © GroundUP Music

Born as Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos Escobar, Guinga grew up in Rio de Janeiro absorbing Brazilian contemporary and folkloric music as well as classical, rock, pop and Jazz. Having shaped a creative identity that embraces the signature energy of Brazil’s diverse artistic enterprise, Guinga’s legacy lives within the spirit of crafting a voice that’s essentially Brazilian while cultivating a vivacious universal appeal. A spirit lovingly captured by trombonist Natalie Cressman and guitarist Ian Faquini within their new GroundUP album GUINGA, releasing on April 12, 2024.Trombone/classical guitar duos are very rare in Jazz. While few dare to exist beyond the occasional recording or live performance, Cressman and Faquini have transformed their platform into a sophisticated medium showcasing the extraordinary influence Brazilian contemporary artistry has had on music throughout the world. Tagged as the “Bossa Nova girl” while studying at the Manhattan School of Music, Cressman has always been inspired by Brazilian culture, frequently attending the California Brazil Camp in the mountainous enclave of Cazadero, California where she met Faquini, a Guinga protégé teaching at this annual summer gathering.

In time they discovered the dynamic nature of their instrumental pairing as well as the unique aperture it lends to the intricate nature of Brazilian music. Having mastered a resonant, open, and full bodied sound, Cressman and Faquini utilize a spacious tonal vocabulary, deft harmonic pairings and meticulous arranging that perfectly lends itself to the unique repertoire they’ve cultivated over the years. Steadied by the Brazilian aural tradition of learning, each has honed the necessary skills that accentuate the rich lyrical nature of música popular brasileira with its exquisite storytelling and incisive musical lens. Their two previous albums, Setting Rays of Summer (2019) and Auburn Whisper (2022) received well-deserved acclaim and attention.

Organic, improvisational and often initiated by humming out melodies, Guinga’s compositional style has played a significant role in shaping Cressman and Faquini’s artistic chemistry. Having spent years watching the master at work, both are fluent in the processes that powers Guinga’s magic, as his fluid incorporation of musical influences blends seamlessly with the florid temperament of their own creative ambitions. After recording albums exploring their personal relationship to contemporary Brazilian music, it was only a matter of time before Cressman and Faquini decided to focus on Guinga, a musician who’s been a mentor, teacher, collaborator and friend throughout the course of their careers.

Unlike most tribute albums celebrating artists long past, Guinga’s contributions are central to the process of the recording. Composing, arranging, and collaborating as a lyricist, Guinga’s ingenuity is matched only by his evocative and often haunting vocals. Compact, discreet, remarkably positioned with no less than fourteen songs, the album flows effortlessly like a personal juke box supplied by an endless roll of Brazilian centavos, all while unfolding into a delicate mosaic of Guinga’s musical world view.


1-01. Natalie Cressman – Contradição (04:33)
1-02. Natalie Cressman – Bolero de Satã (04:49)
1-03. Natalie Cressman – Lavagem de Conceição (02:42)
1-04. Natalie Cressman – Aria de Opereta (02:33)
1-05. Natalie Cressman – Delírio Carioca (02:06)
1-06. Natalie Cressman – Ramo de Delírios (03:28)
1-07. Natalie Cressman – Por Trás de Brás de Pina (03:00)
1-08. Natalie Cressman – Par Constante (07:28)
1-09. Natalie Cressman – Garoa e Maresia (02:59)
1-10. Natalie Cressman – Segredo de Dadá (04:12)
1-11. Natalie Cressman – Nítido e Obscuro / Geraldo No Leme (02:27)
1-12. Natalie Cressman – Ellingtoniana (05:12)
1-13. Natalie Cressman – Viola Variada (03:35)
1-14. Natalie Cressman – Vô Alfredo (02:57)

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