Roxana Amed – Becoming Human (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Roxana Amed – Becoming Human (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:07 minutes | 433 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Music Latin

Roxana Amed, Argentine-American jazz vocalist and composer, presents “Becoming human” her 11th album produced with the “New Jazz Works” grant by Chamber Music America. With her brilliant ensemble, the three-times Latin Grammy nominee producer shares 10 songs describing poetically and musically the human journey from birth through childhood and youth, through the wilderness of building an identity to the loneliness of an artist, till we return to the silence. These pieces were written by Amed and arranged by Martin Bejerano, Mark Small and Kendall Moore, a team that has been collaborating together for many years now collecting great local and international reviews.

Argentine vocalist Roxana Amed envelopes you in a warm, poetic atmosphere on her 11th album, 2024’s Becoming Human. On past albums, the Miami-based Amed has explored her distinctive blend of post-bop with South American musical traditions. Along with jazz, she has also studied Spanish Literature and film and brings a broad-minded set of influences and creativity to bear on her music. Here, she crafts sculptural songs loosely conceptualized around the theme of an artist’s life from birth to death. Helping her achieve this heady vibe is her longtime collaborative ensemble featuring keyboardist Martin Bejerano, saxophonist Mark Small, trombonist Kendall Moore, bassist Edward Pérez, and drummer Ludwig Afonso. This is the same group Amed featured on both 2020’s Ontology and 2021’s Unanime, and very much feels like a continuation of the sound of those recordings. Blessed with a warm, dusky voice and knack for composing lyrics that feel like sung poems, Amed is the central focus of the music here. That said, she often blends into the ensemble like a lead instrument, even singing in wordless vocalese as on “Destello,” where she duets with saxophonist Small on the dewy melody. Elsewhere, she explores a variety of jazz sounds, leaping into the driving modal hard bop style of John Coltrane on “Then We Built a Home” and embracing a more contemporary blend of synthy fusion and EDM-esque rhythmic grooves on “Those Horses Running in the Mist.” The rest of the album follows suit as Amed splits the difference between the precise tone poetry of Norma Winstone and the earthy jazz lyricism of Abbey Lincoln. The evocative combination is particularly evident on cuts like “Climbing Up My Spine” and “Our Days of Summer,” angular, noir-ish ballads that, as with much of Becoming Human, balance the cerebral atmosphere of a black box theater performance with a jazzy, night club sensuality. – Matt Collar

Tracklist:
1-1. Roxana Amed – A prayer (02:54)
1-2. Roxana Amed – Pequeña voz (01:39)
1-3. Roxana Amed – Un destello (01:22)
1-4. Roxana Amed – Our days of summer (03:52)
1-5. Roxana Amed – Those horses running in the mist (04:28)
1-6. Roxana Amed – Climbing up my spine (03:33)
1-7. Roxana Amed – Wild (04:22)
1-8. Roxana Amed – Then we built a home (06:15)
1-9. Roxana Amed – In this lonely room (04:09)
1-10. Roxana Amed – Una plegaria (02:50)
1-11. Roxana Amed – Epílogo (01:38)

Personnel:
Roxana Amed, vocals
Martin Bejerano, piano & arrangements
Mark Small, saxophones, clarinets & arrangements
Kendall Moore, trombone & arrangements
Edward Pérez, double bass
Ludwig Afonso, drums

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