Flax-Golden Tales
  • The Octopussy Cats
    The Octopussy Cats
  • Sergi Sirvent
    Sergi Sirvent

Sergi Sirvent

Flax-Golden Tales

Fresh Sound New Talent

Personnel:
Sergi Sirvent (p), Benet Palet (tp), Hugo Astudillo (as, ss), Albert Cirera (ts, ss), Pau Doménech (bcl, scl, fl), Jaume Llombart (g), Jordi Gaspar, Horacio Fumero (b), Jordi Gardeñas (d)

Reference: FSNT-568

Bar code: 8427328435680



01. Body and Soul (Johnny Green) 7:22
02. Fall (Wayne Shorter) 5:27
03. Impressions (John Coltrane) 4:25
04. Sus (Sergi Sirvent) 4:11
05. Isotope (Joe Henderson) 3:12
06. Bypass (Collective Improvisation) 5:35
07. La llamada (Collective Improvisation) 3:59
08. Invitation (Bronislav Kaper) 3:21
09. Naima (John Coltrane) 5:17
10. Time Remembered (BIll Evans) 6:13
11. Wig Wise (Duke Ellington) 4:34

Album details

All compositions have been arranged by Sergi Sirvent

The Octopussy Cats are:
Sergi Sirvent (piano, bass on #6 & 7), Benet Palet (trumpet), Hugo Astudillo (alto sax, soprano sax on #5), Albert Cirera (tenor sax, soprano sax on #2), Pau Doménech (bass clarinet, soprano clarinet on #10, flute on #3 & 5), Jaume Llombart (g), Jordi Gaspar (bass on #1-5), Horacio Fumero (bass on #8-11), Jordi Gardeñas (d).
Recorded at Laietana Estudis, Barcelona, on September 16, 17 & 18, 2017

Sound engineer: Jordi Vidal
Mixed & mastered by Jordi Vidal & Sergi Sirvent
Cover artwork: Marc Larré

Produced by Sergi Sirvent
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol

Press reviews

"Nice touch to open with a slow-slow arrangement of Body And Soul on this intriguing set of repertory pieces, which also features lines by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Bronislaw Kaper, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington. Only Sus is by Sirvent, whose previous Octopussy Cats date Inferències was more of a showcase for his writing, which is always alert and intelligent.

The sombre note was reinforced when personal sorrow overtook the date. The slightly odd instrumentation listed below is explained by Jordi Gaspar having to leave the studio to go to the deathbed of a family member.

At first, Sirvent himself takes over, and the two collective improvisations that follow have an understandably sorrowful edge. Horacio Fumero comes in for the last four tracks, but Gaspar’s warm, lyrical touch, evident on the Johnny Green standard, is definitely missed.

With three woodwinds ranged behind a solitary trumpet (Palet was also a dep) and no other brass, the ensembles have warmth rather than sting, but Jaume Llombart’s guitar adds presence, albeit mostly in the middle register.

The arrangements are very much tailored to the players’ strengths, which is perhaps why Gaspar is missed so much (and no disrespect to Fumero); so much so that on a different day and in a different frame of mind, Duke’s Wig Wise might have made a better opener than a closer. Sirvent finds new and interesting things to do with Henderson’s Isotope and even with Naima, which can be a yawn if it isn’t handled well.

A lovely album: perhaps not quite obviously illustrative of Sirvent’s core skills, but worth listening to alongside his other work with groups like Unexpected (he sings as well) and Free Quartet."

Brian Morton ()
https://jazzjournal.co.uk

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$12.12  (tax incl.)

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