I first found out about Danitse through one of my favourite artists, Mala. He used her vocals for “Cunumicita”.
Her voice is like a beautifully carved wooden mantelpiece – majestic, homely, and comforting.
“Cuando Ya No Estes” was released on Viaje, in 2012.
It’s a wonderful song. The melody, outside of that fantastic voice, is provided by guitars. The soft bass plucks add that warm depth, and then halfway through, the song intensifies. The tempo increases, a trumpet kicks in, the bass speeds up, she’s louder, the drums pick up, it’s fast!
Then, right at the end… it relaxes. Peace, tranquility, quiet.
Is A Love Supreme the best Jazz album ever recorded?
It depends what your personal preferences are, of course, but I think there’s a lot in its favour.
The musicianship on display is simply out of this world. In particular, I love the drumming, which is slightly inhuman in its dexterity. This display along ought to rank Elvin Jones as one of the all time greats.
It’s hard to pick between the constituent songs which make up A Love Supreme, and perhaps it’s better to consider the album as one cohesive work. It’s a deeply spiritual undertaking, something that comes across best on the first and last songs. The first piece in particular has a messianic quality due to the repetitive vocal.
But I like this one because it showcases the brilliant piano, bass and sax, on top of those golden drums.
This one came out in 1965 – at this stage I probably don’t need to tell you which album it appears on…
In the 50s, a style of classical music called “Easy Listening” became popular. Instead of multi-part epics of the traditional vein with complex musical motifs, you had short, light pieces with easy melodies.
It’s just kind of, well, easy to listen to. In this piece, from 1954’s I Love Paris, we are treated to a breezy selection of light strings and floating flutes. It’s like a sonic mojito – resplendent with summery goodness.
Legrand was only 22 when he wrote this album, kicking off a fruitful career spanning most of the 20th century, over which he created over 200 soundtracks and albums. He won three Oscars and five Grammys, plenty enough for anyone!
At the heart of this success, I think, is a natural understanding of how to create music that’s truly and utterly nice!