Neil Gonsalves – Blessings and Blues (2021)

Neil Gonsalves - Blessings and Blues (2021)
Artist: Neil Gonsalves
Album: Blessings and Blues
Year Of Release: 2021
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. The Calling
02. The Musician’s Wedding
03. Midnight Moves
04. African Time
05. The Breadmaker’s Blues
06. Underworlds and Overseas
07. Let’s Do It Again
08. Rise and Shine
09. Southern Migration
10. Disciples, We
11. A Dollar For Your Thoughts
12. Qantani


South African pianist/composer, Neil Gonsalves presents a selection of original compositions and standards that are evocative of the majesty and beauty of South Africa and its people, and of a young democracy that often fights its battles in song.

Gonsalves’ musical interests and range of influence is broad, and while steeped in the hymnal tradition, township jive and Zulu and Xhosa folk music of South Africa, his is a multicultural approach that will turn to swing, Latin, Afro-beat, bhangra or bulerias in a heartbeat. It is often his modus operandi to recontextualise music, and especially to reorientate the American songbook within the simpler harmonic movements and the rooted rhythmic gestures of South African traditional and popular music grooves.

He will be accompanied by Kerry Galloway on bass and Tony Ferraro on drums, and will feature South African-born, Vancouver-based singer, Vanessa Mood.

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