DENNIS GONZÁLEZ / JOÃO PAULO – So Soft Yet

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It’s not merely a matter of expertise. When artistic entities such as Dennis González and João Paulo meet, there’s a third factor in the equation, specifically an instinctive capacity of establishing with deadly accuracy how many pitches should get played, and how long or short they should be. Not to mention how certain silences weigh amidst these muted conversations. So Soft Yet, which follows Scapegrace (same label) is a 59-minute collection of dejected moods, evocative pastels and calm experimentations depicted by trumpet, cornet, acoustic and electric piano. It’s a fine testimonial – better than the previous one, if you ask me – of two musicians attempting to shine by evoking the ghost of an understated beauty instead of hiding behind technical brilliance (an element that, in case of doubt, lies at the basis of both beings). In pieces such as “El Destierro” a clairvoyance of sorts permits a reciprocal anticipation of the respective moves, the resulting music appearing superbly designed in its gradual development. The soulful sedimentation generated by these fragments of higher sceneries is something that a reviewer can’t stuff into a pot: just let the notes flow, realizing that implications are everywhere. Unspoken or less.

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