Jazz as a genre seems to have fallen into a rut over the last twenty years; where the genre was really popping with the more experimental work of a Chick Corea or a Weather Report, it gradually cooled down during the eighties and nineties. SamPaâ€™s unique blend of musical styles, which includes jazz, blues, salsa, and even rock at the periphery, is the thing that jazz needs to really let the air out of what is now a musty genre. SamPa introduces listeners to this eclectic style with the track â€œLampiaoâ€. The complex time signatures that are commonplace unite well with tribal rhythms and dense arrangements to make a track that ensures that listeners have to give the track a number of listens before they can truly realize what it is that SamPa is trying to do.
Of particular note during â€œLampiaoâ€ has to be the rich bass line that is present, which beyond adding a great chunky sound to the track, provides a range that at a level that is reached by masters like Jaco Pastorius. This is not to say that the other constituent parts of SamPa are not holding up their end of the bargain; the piano and percussion here provide the perfect foil to the deeper sound put forth by the bass. â€œTem Doâ€ provides listeners with a quicker tempo and changes the expected dynamic up considerably. Where the bass was the focal point of â€œLampiaoâ€, it takes a little more of a backseat role during â€œTem Doâ€. The pianoâ€™s time is â€œTem Doâ€ to shine; beyond playing up close and personally, it provides more of a narrative through a number of stops and starts. â€œJuliaâ€ has a slower tempo to it than either â€œLampiaoâ€ or â€œJuliaâ€; it is this break with the albumâ€™s trends that makes this into one of the discâ€™s strongest points.
Where previous tracks felt as if the act was trying to wow their listener base with their technical prowess and versatility, â€œJuliaâ€ sees them bring a warmth and thoughtfulness to their compositions that simply cannot be surpassed. The horn takes a primary position during this track, and the soul brought the track by the horn brings forth images of sitting by a fire during a cold, snowy night. â€œJuliaâ€, coupled with the similarly slower â€œNanijaâ€ provide listeners with the final key that they need to properly understand SamPa. The tracks on â€œLampiaoâ€ showcase an act that is mature, delightful, and is poised to set jazz on its ear.
Top Tracks: Nanica, Lampiao
SamPa â€“ Lampiao / 2009 Self / http://www.myspace.com/sampamusic