the press Carlos Bica & Azul
- "Look What they've Done To My Song"
Leonel Santos regarding "Look What They've Done To My
Song" by Carlos Bica & Azul
The music of Carlos Bica is exciting, modern, and contagious. Bica is
an attentive listener of the outside world - from which his modernity
derives- and an innate songwriter. He interprets the world and plays it
in melodies that we can hum or sing. In his compositions we find fragments
of things that only our subconscious recognizes, but expressed in such
a form that they come to light in an absolutely natural and obvious way.
Carlos Bica & Azul - "Look What They've Done To My Song"
Nothing has to do with any form of pastiche or is a result of copy/ paste
process; instead it is an evident form of story telling made of daily
experiences that in a strange way we recognize. Carlos Bica has the rare
ability to write melodies (songs, even if they don't have lyrics) that
easily stay with us. He gets inspiration from many sources, from world
music to folk and early music, from Jazz to western erudite music, but
pop music is increasingly becoming his prime source of inspiration. Actually,
there is plenty of pop in Bica's music, as inspiration, but also in the
construction, the simplicity of themes, and in the structure itself. Such
simplicity, however, is barely noticeable, since there is neither a compromise,
at any level, nor an easier approach, but only an option for forms and
melodies that we can sing (and dance).
The choice of the old hippie hymn of Melanie "What they done to my song",
as the title of the third album by the trio "Azul", didn't happen by chance.
It can be seen as an extension of the previous work "Twist", but it aims
further with a message of happiness that wishes to communicate. The trio
"Azul" reveals itself as the natural and perfect performer of this inspired
music. Made of three truly virtuosi, they rarely boast their virtuosity
gratuitously. The three of them are regularly invited to collaborate in
innumerable projects in many different areas. Nevertheless, they have
interesting individual projects projected by their strong personalities.
Jim Black - this magician of the drums- is currently in a tour presenting
the electrifying "Alas no Axis". The most original Frank Möbus promotes
the radical "Risky Business" of "Der Rote Bereich". Carlos Bica runs from
productions for theater and movies, to collaborations with vanguard musicians
or that marvelous and unclassifiable piece by the name of "Diz".
"Azul" is the most perfect meeting of these three universes. Modernity,
creativity, simplicity are adjectives that we can use to characterize
this CD. "What Have They Done To My Song" is truly one of the most exciting
records I have had the chance to listen to in a long time.
Leonel Santos "All Jazz"