Sergi Sirvent Escué (p), Esteban Hernández (b), Daniel Domínguez (d)
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In terms of time this should be the first record of this young band, ´cause most of the material is older than the first CD called "Unexpected". The songs are, obviously, simpler and more related to the blues.
The title of this cd "Unexpected plays the blues in Need" is relationed Both songs: "Need" and "Blues in Need", which are the centre of the CD, title of the album "Unexpected plays the blues in Need" .
Need is an old composition inspired on Thelonius Monk´s "Well you Needn´t" and "Blues in Need" is just a blues inspired on a a certain notes of the melody of "Need".
What we need is something to think about, right? Lots of people is always trying to sell you something ´cause you need it. I feel that what we really need more now is humanity, and the blues allows that.
The song called "Les Esquerdes" that mention the photo in the back of the first cd of the trio and it´s more a jazz tune, with bebop-type changes.
Esteban Hernández´s "Milonga en la Frontera" is a very nice song in 7/4 that gives some new air to the cd, full of sirvent´s compositions.
Last song "Waltz for Someone" is also singed by Sirvent like "Once in Atlantis" in the first CD, but has a more bluesy-vocal style.
The first song, "Fúcsia" is a old tune I wrote influenced by Miles Davis/Kind of Blue atmosphere and groove. The last vamp on this song remains some of the energy that are contained in the first cd and for me it has a function: bridge to take you to the past, to take you back...why?
Because like I said before to me this is the first cd of the band in terms of composition, although appeared afterwards.
Has very different colours and there are some of the songs composed afterwards, like "Concret (Nostàlgia de Barcelona)" composed in NY or "Les Esquerdes". But is kind of strange that the band recorded old material after this amount of time and that´s what makes this record special to me.
"Acurrucat i Injust" is the one more different, more classical, and points to a different direction. I composed trying to put together very different concepts and after a while I realized that it really could be a reference to the "foetal" position of babes in mother´s matrix. Before you born, when you are feeded and warm, suspended until you go outside arriving to this world and then start breathing and crying.
- Sergi Sirvent
01. Fúcsia 9:22
02. Milonga en la frontera 7:40
03. Concret (Nostàlgia de Barcelona) 9:45
04. Need 7:41
05. Blues in Need 7:24
06. Les esquerdes 8:33
07. Acurrucat i Injust 4:45
08. Waltz for Someone 6:07
All compositions by Sergi Sirvent Escué, except "Milonga en la Frontera" by Esteban Hernández.
Sergi Sirvent Escué (piano), Esteban Hernández (bass), Daniel Domínguez (drums).
Recorded at Estudis Moraleda, Barcelona, Spain, on July 2004
"This is a trio led by Spanish pianist Sergi Sirvent Escué -- the third record I've heard by him, and possibly the best. "Need" is a fairly trivial twist on Monk's "Well, You Needn't," which works as well as the original. Slow pieces poke at the edges; fast ones sharpen them up. A vocal on the final "Waltz for Someone" stretches and breaks in a manner rarely heard since Chet Baker. I have a tough time with piano trios, and this one still gives me slight pause, but I like the pianist, like the group -- Esteban Hernández on bass, Daniel Dominguez on drums. Not so sure about the nudity."
Tom Hull, www.tomhull.com
"It is said that to effectively play the blues one needs to know the blues. This may or my not be the case for this young trio but they sure have the music aesthetic down to a science with fearless and soulful playing that pulls from both jazz and blues. Led by the hot pianist Sergi Sirvint, whose playing echoes Thelonious Monk as well as Brad Mehldau, his performance is inspiring. Though the core musical element is the blues, the music also makes use of contemporary styles to form a recording of considerable depth such as the chamber like voicing on Concret, the modern jazz Blue In Need and the creative Waltz for Someone with blues, dissonant vocals, and fiery playing thrown into the inventive mix."
Mark F. Turner -All About Jazz