Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Eyal Hareuveni
The Candombe Jazz Sessions reflects Sabrina Lastman gift of storytelling. It does not matter if it is an improvised wordless tale, a poetic interpretation sung in Spanish or Portuguese, or her thoughts put to music. It is always a vivid story, full of passionate dramatic nuances, elegance and charm and with a touch of irony.
This album also present Lastman's eclectic tastes as an artist who was born in Montevideo, Uruguay (where she studied classical singing and piano), migrated to Jerusalem, Israel, where she studied jazz, and then settled in New York, where she studies with experimental vocal artist Meredith Monk and began to reassess her own culture in general and the Afro-Uruguayan candombe in particular.
She begins with the playful "Axis," a wordless original that sounds at first like paying homage to Steve Reich's repetitive modules but spiced with Latin tinge. The track features the emphatic interplay of her working quartet. "Circular" is another playful song, where Lastman stages her own poem in a mini-drama, with a beautiful solo segment by bassist Pablo Aslan. ... read more...