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The Katia Labeque Band - Unspoken ::

I heard first heard Katia Labeque on John McLaughlin’s Belo Horizonte tour in 1982, was blown away and bought the album. Over the years I’ve often wondered what she was doing. Last week I was browsing CD Baby, and was more than pleasantly surprised to discover Unspoken. I had a hint just from the description—fusing piano with electronics—that this was an album I would enjoy, but ten seconds into the first soundclip ("Fields”) I knew that this music was going to make a profound impression on me.

I read the liner notes as the clips played. This part in particular grabbed me:

Then I stopped wondering where it came from and, enthralled, I began to look at where it was going. In a sense, a very physical one, I began to watch it move, to observe the way it spontaneously developed, to listen to its strange way of becoming. Not a lot of music becomes this way: apparently anarchic, aimless, free to the point of blindness, always unpredictable. If this music has a path to follow, it is the path of its own freedom, and none other. You can’t even say that in the end it attains anything, and this, in an age when artistic creations are only means for the attainment of ends, struck me as almost a gesture of rebellion, perhaps that very gesture of rebellion for which a long time ago they coined the term: poetry.

Alessandro Baricco

Unspoken arrived this afternoon. I popped it in, and was stunned. The album is a marvel. Dave Maric’s compositions are fresh and varied; Katia’s beautiful piano touch blends perfectly with his tasteful and expressive use of synths/electronics. Marque Gilmore’s drumming is just right, laying out or playing minimally at times, vigorously accenting odd-metered patterns at other times, adding to the drama and dynamism of the music.

Sat, 20 Mar 2004, 6:33 PM PST
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1 comment

  1. The Music of Dave & Katia is really NEW .

    Classical, experimental, jazzy & electronic wonderfully fused in a bright musical body.

    A Masterpiece.

    – Antonio D'Este - Treviso - Ital, Saturday, 8 May 2004, 3:55 AM PDT

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