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Jean-Marie Machado
Leve Leve Muito Leve

Reves et deambulations d’apres Fernando Pessoa
Hortus 100



  1. Leve Leve Muito Leve
  2. Sinto a Saudade Mais perto
  3. Navire en Partance
  4. Le Petit Bal
  5. Cada Tua Badalada
  6. O Meu amor
  7. Sorciere en Neige
  8. Le Mariage
  9. Navio Que Partes Par Longe
  10. Eu Tenho Um Bebe
  11. Passa ave Passa
  12. Ave Perdida
  13. Vers Les Lointains
  14. Borboleta

Jean Marie Machado – Piano, Compositions
Riccardo Del Fra - Bass
Andy Sheppard – Sop & Tenor Sax

Soloistes de Lyon-Bernard Tetu
Fadhila Chebab, Sophie Delaplane, Miriam Lacroix, Martha Melter-Maniez, Florence Villeviere-Nermal, Thi Line Truong
L’Orchestra Secret:
Benat Achiary – Voice
Jean-Yves Penefiel – Voice
Pascal Contet – Accordion
Christian Hamouy – Percussion
Jaques Mahieux – Drums
Francois Merville – Drums
Octet a vents de L’Ensemble instrumental de L’Ariege;
Thomas Besse – Trombone
Marcel Bourgeois – Clarinets
Christian Capot – Clarinets
Maryse Chacon – Flute
Pascal Delrieu – Tuba
Patrick mandro Cor Anglais
Jean Michel Maury – Clarinets
Herve Laurent – Hautbois

How I wish my French was good enough to know more about this fascinating music. It is a really worthwhile way to spend an hour listening to it, whether it should be in the jazz department is debatable because most of the music is expertly scored and beautifully played and sung by an exceptional set of musicians and singers.

There is some nice jazz passages from Andy Sheppard (particularly track 13) and bass player Riccardo Del Fra, but they are quite minor in what is a really a modern operetta, by composer Jean- Marie Machado. The use of dynamics, tempo changes and rhythmic patterns with various voicings are very stimulating and add up to a very worthwhile piece of new music

It is also very interesting to note how the jazz musicians manage to integrate themselves into the work to add to the value of the whole piece.

If you would like to hear something that dares to be different, with jazz overtones, you will enjoy this.
I did!

Don Mather

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