Reseña sobre el último trabajo discográfico de Taper Duel por Lars Fahlin.
Folk-jazzy bass-accordeon duo
More than the
sum of its parts. That is
one description of the Spanish
duo Taper Duel: Jorge Arribas (folk accordion) and Cesar Diez
(funky jazz bass). Together, they are the largest small combo in
the world, with Arribas
pouring out melodies and Díez
as accompanying slap-funk-bass player and rhythm tamer, in a musical
world that unites traditional rhythms and improvisation.
On Rare zoo, their
second album, they have developed their
cooperation and original ideas to perfection. The
music flows freely and
naturally, sometimes with abrupt changes (listen to The worm's love) but the musicality is constantly high.
They have both contributed material to the album (four tunes each, three together), with Spain as a
base. But in some cases, the inspiration comes from other countries: Los osos tocan también la
trompeta (The Bears also play the trumpet) is Eastern European gypsy music, with David Herrington as a guest trumpeter. Nube para 3 (Cloud for
3) has oriental overtones, with Díez on
bouzouki and Arribas on flute, while guest drummer Adal Pumarabín helps with
oriental percussion. Delfiner till
havs seems to just have a Swedish title, the music is 100% Iberian.
This time my favorite tracks are Gamusinos intrépidos (Fearless gamusinos), an imaginative composition about a fantasy animal that can only be caught at night, and the heavily jazz-scented El corrido del Curavacas, with vocals by Eliseo Parra.