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Songs, Stories & Spirituals (Album Version)

John Patitucci

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John Patitucci goes for a varied approach on Songs, Stories & Spirituals, as the album's title implies. The main influences, constants in his work, are Brazilian music and American gospel, though he transforms those styles into his own introspective sound. And he adds other elements, notably folk and classical music, in a rendition of early 20th century English composer Gustav Holst's treatment of 19th century English poet Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter," show music with Rodgers & Hart's "It Never Entered My Mind," and post-bop jazz with John Coltrane's "Wise One." All of this hangs together due to the core trio of Patitucci on bass, Ed Simon on piano, and Brian Blade on drums, playing in a low-key manner that supports vocals on two-thirds of the tracks. Those vocals, especially Luciana Souza's, have a removed, ethereal quality in keeping with the instrumentalists' contemplative work. Several of Souza's vocals are in Portuguese, but even when she's singing in English, on "In the Bleak Midwinter" (with John Thomas) and "It Never Entered My Mind," she sounds otherworldly. Patitucci gives Simon, who appropriately hails from Venezuela by way of Philadelphia (or the other way around), plenty of solo time and himself stays in the background for much of the record. (He doesn't even play on his own composition, "Love Eternal," which features Simon with his wife, Sachi Patitucci, on cello.) But he comes out in force on acoustic bass at the end with "Wise One," a duet with Blade that confirms his jazz chops. Patitucci's music and playing tend to be more impressive than engaging, but Songs, Stories & Spirituals rewards repeat listenings.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Tall Tale (Album Version)
00:04:56

John Patitucci, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

2
Chovendo Na Roseira (Album Version)
00:06:13

António Carlos Jobim, Composer - John Patitucci, MainArtist - Luciana Souza, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

3
I Will Arise (Album Version)
00:03:18

John Patitucci, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Joseph Hart, Author

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

4
Lei (Album Version)
00:05:14

Djavan, Composer - John Patitucci, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Luciana Souza, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

5
In The Bleak MIdwinter (Album Version)
00:04:57

Gustav Holst, Composer - Christina Rossetti, Author - John Patitucci, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

6
Three Faces (Album Version)
00:05:50

John Patitucci, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

7
Now The River (Album Version)
00:07:19

John Patitucci, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Luciana Souza, Composer, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

8
Soulmate (Album Version)
00:04:31

John Patitucci, Composer, MainArtist - Luciana Souza, Author

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

9
Rhapsodic Journey (Album Version)
00:03:17

John Patitucci, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

10
It Never Entered My Mind (Album Version)
00:08:20

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - John Patitucci, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

11
Love Eternal (Album Version)
00:03:44

John Patitucci, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

12
Wise One (Album Version)
00:04:25

John Coltrane, Composer - John Patitucci, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist

℗ 2003 Concord Records, Inc.

Album Description

John Patitucci goes for a varied approach on Songs, Stories & Spirituals, as the album's title implies. The main influences, constants in his work, are Brazilian music and American gospel, though he transforms those styles into his own introspective sound. And he adds other elements, notably folk and classical music, in a rendition of early 20th century English composer Gustav Holst's treatment of 19th century English poet Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter," show music with Rodgers & Hart's "It Never Entered My Mind," and post-bop jazz with John Coltrane's "Wise One." All of this hangs together due to the core trio of Patitucci on bass, Ed Simon on piano, and Brian Blade on drums, playing in a low-key manner that supports vocals on two-thirds of the tracks. Those vocals, especially Luciana Souza's, have a removed, ethereal quality in keeping with the instrumentalists' contemplative work. Several of Souza's vocals are in Portuguese, but even when she's singing in English, on "In the Bleak Midwinter" (with John Thomas) and "It Never Entered My Mind," she sounds otherworldly. Patitucci gives Simon, who appropriately hails from Venezuela by way of Philadelphia (or the other way around), plenty of solo time and himself stays in the background for much of the record. (He doesn't even play on his own composition, "Love Eternal," which features Simon with his wife, Sachi Patitucci, on cello.) But he comes out in force on acoustic bass at the end with "Wise One," a duet with Blade that confirms his jazz chops. Patitucci's music and playing tend to be more impressive than engaging, but Songs, Stories & Spirituals rewards repeat listenings.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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