Album of the Day: “NauMay” by Juan Ibarra


Artist:  Juan Ibarra

Album:  NauMay

Label:  Self-Produced

Style:  School of Brian Blade Fellowship

Favorite Track: “REM”

Music from:  Montevideo, Uruguay

What I like about it:  I like how each track of this album is defined by its intense melodic surges, and how they keep containment even when exploration of that melody threatens to tear everything apart at the seams.  The same qualities that have me eternally addicted to the Brian Blade Fellowship are what holds me in place on NauMay.  Over the course of the last year, I have not been able to stop listening to this album, and I have no intention of ever trying.

Other Notes:  This recording was included in my Best Jazz Albums on Bandcamp 2018 column.  Go check out what else I said about this recording.

Your album personnel:  Juan Ibarra (drums), Gonzalo Levin (tenor, soprano & alto saxophones), Ignacio Labrada (piano), Martin Ibarra (guitar), Antonino Restuccia (double bass) and guests:  Benjamin Barreiro (tenor sax), Federico Lazzarini (trumpet).

Available at:  Amazon | Bandcamp

Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.

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