Carlos Bica not only has outstanding mastery of his instrument but also utilises an invertive style of writing music [...] The restrained strategic approach by Carlos Bica forms a basis to the work, unifying a huge variety of influences. The work resounds with strains of jazz, comtemporary improvised music, chansons and other cultural elements from folk and contemporary classical music " (Diário De Notícias)
Double bassist and composer Carlos Bica has carved out a jazz niche for himself with his inventive style of avant-lyrical jazz fused with Portuguese folk music. With Frank Mobus on guitar and Jim Black on drums, this is yet one more fantastic release. Their first album came 15 years ago, a nice long stretch to develop an empathic bond for each others sound and ideas. Things About is a pleasantly laid-back affair (for the most part), with Mobus's inquisitive guitar giving an eerie heard-but-not-seen, in-the-shadows effect, the footsteps echoing through Black's percussive accompaniment, as Bica prowls alongside both, close but just out of reach. On the Clean Feed label, which is often characterized by its artists love of dissonance; Bica has consistently applied a lighter touch to that aesthetic and has lately recorded albums drowned in tranquility. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 17 Dots, Jazz Picks by Dave Sumner
“Carlos Bica + Matéria-Prima” confirms Bica as one of Portugal’s most important jazz musicians and reaffirms his key role in the development of new perspectives for Portuguese jazz. The CD is packed with songs recorded at three memorable concerts in three memorable locations, Culturgest, Casa da Música and Museu do Oriente.
celebrate their ten-year anniversary with their excellent album “Believer”.
It is the kind of jazz that cannot be completed, that searches and researches.
It is therefore also much more precious – since it passes hills
and valleys, oceans and tides without settling down – jazz without
limits. Correio da Manhã
"Im Eröffnungsstück „A Luz da Rosa“ ist es zunächst nur ein einzelner Ton, schmal und lang gezogen, der hereinschwebt. Dann folgt ein kurzer Tanz auf dem Griffbrett, dezente Mehrstimmigkeit blitzt auf. Bica betrachtet hier und im Folgenden zunächst jeden Stein des Klangmosaiks für sich..." Thorsten Meyer
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."
"Music with a cross-over atmosphere […] With good humour and a good measure of cheek on stage, Carlos Bica, Ana Brandão and the ensemble "DIZ" break through musical boundaries […] a musical portrait taken from a greater identity and aesthetic polyvalence." (Público)
has a great spectrum – not at least because the musicians represent very
different musical cultures thanks to their origins. This results in an
emotionally stamped searching for new sounds."
"This disc could get cult status" (5 Stars) Fono Forum
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