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« Recorded on May 1st in Havana… ¡Adelante! offers a libertarian echo to Avanti ! (2000). Quite conscious of the jolts of History, the pianist has nevertheless decided to travel to Cuba to record seventeen themes perfectly connoting the revolutionary movements through centuries (the album starts with The Internationale).
In this album, Giovanni Mirabassi performs as a soloist but three special guests join him in his Cuban recording sessions on the tune Yo me quedo, all members of the historical Ikarere (a Cuban group founded by Chucho Valdés), and singer Angela Elvira Pérez, on the tune Hasta Siempre, in a more destructured version than the one we are used to hearing. Most tunes naturally sound very familiar to us : The Partisan, immortalized by Leonard Cohen,… Lili Marleen, or the very famous Gracias a la vida. Some of the tunes are even closer to a French audience : Le déserteur, by Boris Vian, Libertango, by Piazzolla… Graine d’ananar by Léo Ferré, Le temps du muguet, composed by Francis Lemarque.
Is Giovanni Mirabassi’s performance music, or an expression of revolt ? Simply both. And of course, the pianist renders these tunes with all his sensitivity and his brilliant technique. He obviously believes that the music speaks for itself.
¡Adelante!... A new expression of insurrectionary beauty ! One will listen to this album by simply enjoying its rhythmical power and its chromatic inventiveness… A great musician with strong convictions… »
Christian Larrede – Music Story
|1. L'Internationale / 2. Hasta Siempre / 3. The Partisan / 4. A Luta Continua / 5. Le Déserteur / 6. La Estaca / 7. Lili Marleen / 8. La Carta / 9. Gallo Rojo Gallo Negro / 10. Assentamento / 11. Libertango / 12. Yo Me Quedo / 13. Graine d'Ananar / 14. Le Temps du Muguet / 15. Uno de Abajo / 16. Le Chant de Canuts / 17. Gracias a la Vida
« After the repertoire of revolutionary songs in prize-winning Avanti ! (« Victoires du jazz »), in 2000, this talented pianist records ¡Adelante! in Cuba, the motherland of revolution. Most of the new pieces are originally sung in Spanish, like Hasta siempre, the Cubans’ farewell to Che Guevara, or Gallo rojo, gallo negro, a famous anti-Franco anthem. But Giovanni Mirabassi also takes us to Mozambique with A luta continua, to France with Le déserteur, and to Germany with Lili Marleen (…)
All people’s anthems with great musicality. And… « beneath the paving stones, lies… jazz » ! Real bliss !
(…) « Essential and inspirational ! ».
« ¡Adelante! Sixteen titles from the Great Revolutionary Songbook, like The Internationale, Hasta Siempre and the anti-Franco anthem the Estaca… By exploring all the pieces’ musical potential, Mirabassi has managed to strike the right balance with the romantic lyricism of the past. He is more committed and less intimist than in Avanti ! his first solo album using the same repertoire ».
Patrick Artinian – So Jazz
« Ten years after the album Avanti ! Giovanni Mirabassi gives it a sequel, ¡Adelante! recorded in Havana on May 1st 2011. It seemed like an urgency… (as Giovanni Mirabassi expresses : « I like songs of struggle. They have to be played again today, in today’s context. The world is not going well, the term ideology is hardly used any more (…) The songs of revolt have something magical in them because they bring people together around an idea, a wish, an inspiration. This is all what music is about (…) I wanted a symbolical act like recording The Internationale on May 1st in Havana. »
Interview « At home » with Patrick Artinian – Médiapart
« … Ten year have passed since Avanti !... and ¡Adelante! offers a fine selection of the most symbolical revolutionary songs around the world (…) which represent the profession of faith of this piano virtuoso who has decided to convey a strong message, and particularly his conviction of having to play a central role in urban life, through music. Giovanni Mirabassi is proud to defend his ideas and fight for them. As he likes to emphasize : « Artists have to find their place back in society, play a dialectical role as challengers of established authority to permit to heighten people’s awareness » (…) With ¡Adelante! Giovanni Mirabassi continues to brandish the torch of community involvement, social militancy, and reminds us of his love of songs and poetry ».
Un disque un jour – La Chronique de Mr Blue
«… the red thread (linking the pieces together) symbolizes the freedom of a clenched fist raised before oppression (…) always on the alert and with great interiorized force, the pianist expresses the urgency in a fight which must go on (…) : a fight against resistance (…) Through forceful inspiration, he gently calls out to us in a melodious subtle way (…) We are talking here about politics of course, but also about music, the languague which unites peoples (…) In ¡Adelante! its classical, melodious and universal character is bound to raise the album to the same level of recognition and fame as Avanti ! (…) It truly deserves to be successful.
Denis Desassis – CitizenJazz.com
With ¡Adelante! Giovanni Mirabassi gives birth again to revolutionary songs from all parts of the world. These melodies have been chosen for the particular effect they have on the listener. They arouse a powerful emotion one cannot explain. It is not so much a question of politics anymore as the enjoyment of tunes that Giovanni Mirabassi reinterprets on the piano, as a soloist or accompanied by other musicans, to convey at best their forceful universal character of protest, with all the roundness that characterizes the pianist’s masterly fingering technique. Don’t hesitate to revise your classics ! And savour the Mirabassian versions of the African song A luta continua (composed by South-African Myriam Makeba, a tribute to the Mozambique people), the French song Le déserteur, or even The Internationale, actually the very first piece on this album of pure piano. Perfect and beautiful !
Philippe Simon – connexionss.over-blog.com