New Music For June 6, 2019
Simon Sammut / Omar Vasquez – “Gravity” – Self Released
I have to be honest here. At first, I thought this was a work of electronica music – hardly my cup of tea. But prudence required that I keep listening and what I found very much surprised me. This is a jazz, new age work with electronica mixed in. And you know what? It really works. With Sammut being born on Malta and Vasquez from Mexico, it should come as no surprise that “Gravity” could legitimately be termed “world music.” Narrowing it down further, think jazz fusion, funk and Latin-based themes. Being true to their origins, there are both musicians from Malta as well as Mexico that appear on each of the eight tracks. Perhaps more intriguing, Sammut and Vasquez both play the bass guitar. I didn’t know this at first listen and they make having two basses work very well. Each seems to compliment the other. And given all the other instrumentation going on, much of which is not widely heard on US recordings, this recording just seems to blend together perfectly.
Overall: 8/10 Sonics: 8/10