Archive for November 18th, 2018

Urbanity – Urban Soul

One of Australia’s own Jazz legends, guitarist & producer Albare, and accomplished pianist/composer Phil Turcio have combined forces to become Urbanity, with their debut collaborative album Urban Soul released 2017 on AlFi Records. Urban Soul features ten original compositions and shows off a distinctive feel for the groove that runs through every track and permeates both the dark and light spaces of these songs.

That’s all down to the interplay between Albare and Phil and their instruments throughout as they build on the free-form, architectural edifices that have established them as one of the most intuitive and inventive partnerships in small group jazz of recent years. The spatial dynamics of these pieces swing from a delicate filigree finesse to full chordal harmonic assaults and showcase a powerful musical alliance between the two. They started playing together 27 years ago when Albare was looking for a new pianist for his band. At the time Phil had just turned 18. Since their first encounter, Phil’s and Albare’s paths keep on intersecting. Phil says that he and Albare hear music in the same way, “Everything I throw at Albare comes back as if I would have played it myself.” Albare likes to describe Phil as his musical soul mate.

From beginning to end, listeners will hear the pair’s innate instincts, the perfect partnership, the gorgeous groove of two friends making music. “We love jazz beyond the traditional sense,” says Albare. “I think that Jazz of the 21st Century is all-encompassing. There are no limits.” Urban Soul does that rare thing that all great jazz albums do. It tells a story that the listener translates to their own canvas.

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