Laginha, Argüelles & Norbakken | Setembro
‘Setembro’ is a brilliantly conceived and executed album from three supremely gifted and creative musical minds in Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha, English saxophonist Julian Argüelles and Norwegian percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken.
CD Barcode: 5060509790128
CD Cat No: EDN1099
LC Code: 28731
Format: CD & Download
Release Date: 6th Oct 2017
Mário Laginha piano
Julian Argüelles soprano and tenor saxophones
Helge Andreas Norbakken drums
Executive Producer: Dave Stapleton
CD Track-listing //
01 Mãos na Parede 4.57
02 Fisicamente 5.07
03 O Primeiro Dia 5.20
04 Serralves 6.32
05 Perto de Alguém 7.04
06 Coisas da Terra 8.42
07 Hugger Mugger 3.30
08 Yada Yada 5.49
09 Horn Please 2.45
10 Lugar Bem Situado 3.28
All music by Mário Laginha except Hugger Mugger and Yada Yada by Julian Argüelles
ABOUT ‘Setembro’ //
‘Setembro’ is the brilliantly conceived and executed album from three supremely gifted and creative musical minds in Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha, English saxophonist Julian Argüelles and Norwegian percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken. Their combined maturity and vision has produced an album of sublime beauty and personality distinguished by effortless and flowing creativity. With propulsive grooves, complex but ever-lyrical melodies, and open-minded interaction ‘Setembro’ demonstrates the vitality and importance of what is great about contemporary jazz in Europe.
Collectively the trio is able to surmount even these individual parts. The warmth of Mário Laginha’s pianism, the percussive energy of Helge Andreas Norbakken and the lyricism and English romanticism of Julian Argüelles bond on an album that is structurally bold, improvisationally audacious, emotionally open and undeniably beautiful. Argüelles has donated two compositions but it’s Mário Laginha who takes the major writing credit with eight songs. The brilliance and inventiveness of his writing illuminates this supremely gifted pianist and composer’s talents and although he’s relatively undiscovered outside Portugal, Setembro will be sure to ignite Mário’s profile throughout Europe and the world.
Rooted in the various traditions of its members, but never less than modern, the music on the album pursues its subtle beat. Take Laginha’s Coisas de Terra. Pulsating with melodic and rhythmic intensity from the start the emphasis quickly shifts, opening a more subtle and emotive vista where the lyricism of Arguelles saxophone and an ostinato figure from the piano intertwine while Norbakken spatters expansive colours from his uniquely diverse percussive setup.
The music is episodic and full of the delights of exploration viewed through the charisma of these great players. With Mário Laginha taking the majority of compositional credit, the aptly titled, Setembro, is an album that explodes in the warmth and energy of a Portuguese late summer in a celebration of what is great about European jazz today.
“Ultimately, this gorgeous album leaves the listener in a state of sublime tranquillity.” AAJ (UK)
“In short: this is a precious thing.” JAZZ.PT (PT)
“A very international trio that imagines and shapes with great talent a colorful, poetic and singing music. Pretty!” CULTURE JAZZ (FR)
“Setembro is an extremely enjoyable experience” LIRA MAGAZINE (SE)
“Deft percussion throughout by Norbakken makes the trio sound as one. Indeed, in places collectively they create a floating, dream-like quality to the music. A fine recording from a trio that are as cohesive and contented as they appear on the inner sleeve photos.” UK VIBE (UK)
Recorded by Nelson Carvalho at Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, July 2014
Mixed and mastered by Nelson Carvalho in April 2017