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ARTIST
TITLE
Adelante
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
DISCO 6149572 DISCO 6149572
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RELEASE DATE
11/8/2011

This is essentially a solo album by "canto piano" aficionado Giovanni Mirabassi. His only guests are a trio of musicians who cut their teeth playing with Irakere and feature on "Yo Me Quedo" by the iconic Pablo Milanès, as well as singer Angela Elvira Perez -- the mother of his current drummer Lukmil -- who features on a more incandescent version of "Hasta Siempre," an entire people's anthem, which already featured on Avanti! in 2000. Giovani Mirabassi is committed, body and soul, to the 88 ebony and ivory keys, a beautiful palette of chromatic movements and the rhythmic fervor which emphasizes the melodic sparkles of a repertoire centered around Spanish songs. "I wanted to perform the melodies as they are, to let myself be guided by their sense of urgency, conviction and intrinsic freedom." These qualities are to be found in emblematic South-American songs, such as Mercedes Sosa's "Gracias A La Vida," as well as in those honoring the enduring memory of the Spanish Civil War. Of course, the Paris-based Italian has also conjured up a handful of charming French tunes of old, such as "Le Chant Des Canuts," "a slogan that revitalizes the notion of the working-class struggle" as well as several lyric-free versions of chanson classics: "Graine d'Ananar" by Léo Ferré, and "L'Affiche Rouge" by Aragon, two splendid authors that he just wanted to celebrate, not imitate.