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A saudade mais linda

Although the names of João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Veloso and Gilberto Gil were present along the concert, the absolute stars of the night were Jaques Morelenbaum, cello, Lula Galvão, guitar, and Rafael Barata, drums. Ron Carter got into my mind repeatedly too, but that’s another story. All three excellent musicians overtook the Sala 2 of Barcelona’s L’Auditori as well as our spirits, previously seduced by Morelenbaum’s career and the Brazilian delights born in his cello during so many years of an immense talent. With an affable voice, Jaques Morelenbaum announced us that’s his first solo project, the CelloSam3aTrio, and they are presenting a new album titled Saudade da futuro, futuro da saudade, from which they take most of a repertoire that was the opening for the 46 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona. And what a marvel!

In the album sleeve notes, Caetano Veloso wonders “Como pode algo tão grandioso caber no que parece tão pequeno? / How can something so magnificent to fit in something so small?” qualifying Jaquinho as a source of inspiration and a natural musical intelligence of a great generosity, feeling glad to have finally an album entirely his. It’s true his career has mainly been as a luxury accompanist, the arranger who shined as no one else in the shadow. The album features twelve tracks of which only two are Morelenbaum compositions, Maracatuesday and Ar livre, one by the guitarist Lula Galvão, Abaporu, and the rest are classics from the Brazilian popular music performed now in new vibrations and written by Moraes, Veloso, Buarque, Gil and Jobim, the fathers of all this.

The live performance of this new album featuring an extra track like the main pieace of the original music score for the Dutch film Paid directed by Laurence Lamers in 2006, composed by Morelenbaum, was really exquisite as a proof of how excellent musicians they are. In a personal level, the highlight of the concert were the ones composed by Morelenbaum in which he showed his more avant-garde and  virtuoso face as a cellist. The audience ended standing up, before and after the encore. And for a long time. 

Text by Juan Carlos Romero
Jaques Morelenbaum website www.facebook.com/j.morelenbaum
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