Albare

Only Human

by Jonathan Frahm

17 June 2015

 
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Albare

Only Human

(Alfi)
US: 15 May 2015
UK: 15 May 2015

Australian guitarist Albare set out on a singular mission with the development of Only Human: to memorialize the vibrant differences between world cultures that make us collectively whole as a shared humanity. Alongside pianist and composer Phil Turcio, they more or less accomplish the relaxed spirit that one might expect out of an album encapsulating as broad a celebratory worldview as theirs. The end result is a concept album that remains an easy and cohesive listen from top to bottom, though one without most of the frills that one may come to expect out of a jazz trio. A lack of interpretive creativity forces the album into a strange feeling of confinement. It simmers instead of soars, but gets the job done with a few standouts, especially the anti-ennui delivery of Yunior Terry Cabrera’s bass and Pablo Bencid’s drums on surprisingly ardent “Gravitational Pull”.

Only Human

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Topics: albare | jazz
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