Decadence as a Virtue
  • Bruno Muñoz
    Bruno Muñoz
  • Pablo Selnik
    Pablo Selnik
  • Seba Ramírez
    Seba Ramírez
  • Chino Corvalán
    Chino Corvalán

Pablo Selnik

Decadence as a Virtue

Fresh Sound World Jazz

Pablo Selnik (fl, vcl), Bruno Muñoz (ts), Chino Corvalán (b), Seba Ramírez (d, perc)

Reference: FSWJ 051 CD

Bar code: 8427328425513

Album details

All tracks composed by Pablo Selnik

Pablo Selnik (flute & vocals), Bruno Muñoz (tenor sax), Chino Corvalán (electric bass), Seba Ramírez (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Sprit & Sound Studio, Asuncion, Paraguay, July 2018

Sound engineer: Sergio Cuquejo
Mixed by David Bianchi at Dry Twon Studio, Barcelona
Mastered by Marc Parrot at Grabaciones Silvestres, St. Quirze Safaja, Barcelona
Artwork & photography by Rachel Demetz

Produced by Pablo Selnik
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Thirty-something flautist Pablo Selnik has been playing and recording for two decades and has a sizeable number of albums under his belt including Self-Extinction by his avant-crossover duo Inhumankind co-featuring Àlex Reviriego on double bass (I, Voidhanger Records, 2018); Miscelánea núm. 2 (Quadrant, 2012) with pianist Marco Mezquida; Jazz a l’Estudi: Guilia Valle with David Soler and Oriol Roca (TVC, 2011) and El Museo Vacío (R3, 2010). He originally hails from Barcelona but moved to Paraguay several years ago after undergoing a fallow musical period.

Selnik is accompanied here by some of Paraguay’s finest jazz musicians. Witness in October 2018 both Chino Corvalán and Seba Ramírez accompanied no less an icon than Mike Stern for a masterclass trio session in Paraguay’s capital city Asunción. Bruno Muñoz is well established as one of Paraguay’s leading saxophonists – check out his inveigling serpentine tenor solo on De Reojo. 

The opener, Círculo De Los Círculos, is characteristic of the band’s tendency to surprise and delight with the stark counterpoint of dulcet flute and throbbing fretless bass guitar. Selnik’s compositions all benefit from engagingly imaginative melodies which frequently linger in the memory as with the title track or the pulsating Dulce Aflicción with its haunting head. The first notes of Asunción are teasingly redolent of Coltrane’s Naima, and all the more ineluctably attractive for that especially when married with Corvalán’s Pastorius-like helter skelter bass runs towards the track’s conclusion.

As for unusual instrumental approaches, Selnik can be heard utilising multiphonics on Sha-Mat juxtaposed with Muñoz’s lower-register tenor saxophone, whilst on Astralopithecus, Corvalán uses an octave pedal to split the notes. It’s hard to truly compartmentalise this highly original quartet, which is obviously a good thing, but there are certainly distant echoes of Eric Dolphy’s iconoclasm and occasionally also Charles Mingus’s hook-infused numbers. But the session is always underpinned by Corvalán’s sonorous bass, thus rendering the overall effect both electric and electrifying."

Roger Farbey (May 5, 2020)


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