JazzWeekly reviews Rafael Greco: Dice Que Vive-Signs of Life

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Rafael Greco

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Rafael Greco: Dice Que Vive-Signs of Life

Venezuelan Rafael Greco brings village, tribal and folk sounds into modern modes as he plays sax, sings, brings in keyboards, percussion and a number of electronic devices along with a mix and match team of musicians such as Luisito Quintero/prc, Robert Quinter/perc, Rodner Padilla/b, Steve Khan/g, Randy Brecker/tp and Santiago Bosch/key along with other various guests.

There’s a health melding of exotic electronica as intros, outros or textures throughout, eventually serving as a contrast to the folk percussion and fragrant voice of Greco’s lyrical delivery. He’s reminiscent of Milton Nascimento in gravitas and  texture in voice, bluesy on “Mr. Iwai”, and clever in a fugue like delivery with Khan and Brecker on “Onde’”. His rich sonority is supple as it floats around the electronica of “10th Avenue”, reflective around the elastic keyboards on the prismatic “Time”. There are also some quirky moments, like the layered “An Illusion” and the Nintendo’d “Mantra” that turns into a dream, with laughing sounds on “11-2”. Ambient soundscapes and Afro-Cuban tribal beats compete on “Belen” with some elastic and frisky piano getting dark on “Five Miniatures For Solo Piano”. The ideas bounce off of the album into your ears.

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Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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