Writing Music Monday: Moducué by Gepel

Modecue album coverIf there is list of the Top Five Creative Commons Jazz Albums anywhere, then this album by Argentinian trio Gepel is on it. Or the list is just plain wrong.

Moducué (meaning “Thanks” in Lucumí, a Yoruba dialect, according to Gepel’s website) is, in some ways, simplistic. It’s a pure trio instrumental, with just piano, drums, and bass (not guitar, an actual bass). The trio are obviously playing together, all at once, rather than recording track after track after track to be mixed together later.

And yet, there is a sense of experimentation and play running throughout the album.

Each track is meant to be a celebration of a different style of Latin American music, and you can rather hear that as you listen, but each of the instrumentalists also takes real chances, not only in solos but in backing the other players. (Note: I am not a musician, so I may be talking through my hat here. But that’s how it sounds to me every time I listen to the album.)

Moducué was first released in 2007. The original release site seems to be gone, but it remains available, thanks to the Creative Commons license, on the Free Music Archive and the Internet Archive.

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Moducué by Gepel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Italy License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.gepel.com.ar/Contacto – Ingles.html.