It is not enough to know only one Thiago França's project to decipher his musical personality - still the flagship, the band Metá Metá, synthesizes a bit the spirit. He played on the records and was a prominent musician in Criolo's stage band; integrates the experimental jazz trio Marginals; heads Sambanzo; he is responsible for the pearl "Malagueta, Perus and Bacanaço”; his flesh is carnival as the Espetacular Charanga do França makes clear.
And what else? Well, now he presents to us the Space Charanga!
"Space is the place", so says Sun Ra in the music-synthesis of a Jazz movement fully opened to psychedelia, to chaos, to Rock and Funk influences, to the afro-futurism, et cetera and so on. The motto inspires Thiago in this project. Yet, his way to make jazz is thoroughly Brazilian - not only in the zip code but throughout aesthetics. Moacir Santos is an explicit reference in the stunning "Moacíria" and a certain sanguineous samba swing runs through the veins of the work, from the springiness of Serginho Machado's drumsticks to the gafieira scheme that guide some of the painstaking brass arrangements.
Chaos leads the sextet in this work, but by no means cohesion is missing - chaos is the cohesion. "Ngoloxi / R.A.N.” is a composition in which the four horns seem to bump as unguided bats in a dark room. Any resemblance with John Coltrane’s “Ascension" dynamics is no mere coincidence but yes inspiration.
“Fakechá” sweats Reggae. "Abdu" has a flavor of the 70's Blue Note jazz. “Conta”, “Cerca Lourenço” and the vignettes “Tão Rápido Quanto Uma Paixão de Metrô” and “Enquanto Ficamos Sem Água” rounds off the repertoire of this record, which already has its "space" in the history of Brazilian jazz. Believe it.
Ramiro Zwetsch / Radiola Urbana / Patuá Discos / July 2015 Check ‘ABDU’ and 'MOACÍRIA'
Only 300 copies of it has been made! Be quick to grab yours HERE!
You can also officially download the full LP on Thiago's site, HERE.