Xiame: Canto D'Alma: Presscuts
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Release Date: 20.02.1995
TT Catalogue No: 4407
- "If you only buy one album this month, make it XIAME´s Canto d´alma!"
- "Excellent. A very good production, sounding very brazilian. I love everything
about these songs."
- "Absolutely recommended hearing!"
- "This Album is a real ride!"
New Age Voice
- ""Canto d'alma" is definitely the most commercial, but also
the most daring album from the german-brazilian Trio Xiame. Between songs like "The
wedding Day (featuring most graceful female singer Naja) or "Sabia" can
be heard weird intrumentals, juggling sounds, effects and strange melodies.
Never before the trio has sounded so great, never before they have used as
many various elements: Folk, Brazilian, Jazz, funk and New Age."
- "Sheer pleasure!"
- "... the group toys sparingly with acid jazz elements such as on „The
Wedding Day,“ where danceable rhythms, pop organ licks, and breezy vocals
by Danish singer Naja approximate acid Latin hipness."
- "If you listen to the radio programs Echoes or Musical Starstreams, then
you've already enjoyed selections from this refined and exquisite album. Compelling
minor chords trigger unusual depth of emotion as the music flows effortlessly.
While predominantly instrumental, songs like "The Wedding Day," which
finds Danish songstress Naja in the spotlight, and the Jorge Degas vocal showcase, "Sabia," are to be relished. Velvety undercurrents of Latin rhythms percolate luxuriously
as Michael Rodach's nimble fingers caress honeyed guitar strings. A few organ
and violoncello flourishes enhance the vibrant portrayal of easily recognized
and shared universal memories. LOVE for theeveryday joys."
Lightworks - Music 2/96 Reviewed by PJ Birosik
- "A real sleeper - meaning a pleasent surprise, not a soporific - Canto
D 'Alma is a delightfully subdued blend of Latin and Jazz fusion performed
by the unlikely but likable German-Brazilian trio called Xiame. Brazilian bassist/vocalist
Jorge Degas, German guitarist Michael Rodach and German percussionist Andreas
Weiser effortlessly combine Brazilian, pop,folk and Jazz strains and manage
to sound like a group. This is players; not producers music, atmospheric yet
tangible. Nominally world music, though not without contemporary-jazz appeal
and a bohemian bon-pop flair (akin to Natalie Merchant, Edie Brickell and Ricki
Lee Jones), Canto D'Alma avoids bombast in favour of chamberlike delicacy combining
Nordic, ECM-like special sound-sculpture and authentic South American percussive
enticement. This combination works, charmingly, even when the Danish female
vocalist Naja Storebjerg joins the threesome. "The Wedding day",
which bears her vocals, is an easeful ditty with pop-crossover appeal from
Rio to Reykjavik. Choice cuts include "Sabia", with its soft hued,
percussive ethereality, and "Dancing Elephants", which swings after
a fashion with an intersting call-and-response passage. Guitarist Rodach, an
imaginative colorist who uses tasteful tonal effects and, like Jim Hall and
Bill Frisell before him, rarely overplays, has come out with his own CD Music
For Fish, on this fast emerging German label. Me thinks more than a few people
are going to enjoy Canto D 'Alma a lot."
CMJ, New Music Report
- "A fusion of South American rhythms, jazz, pop, and ambient textures
provides a unique musical experience on Canto d'Alma (The Song of the Soul).
XIAME's second release demonstrates a diversity of sounds and moods, but is
primarily bittersweet and melancholy. The guitar of Michael Rodach and bass
of Jorge Degas combine with the varied percussive instruments of Andreas Weiser
to create the fabric of the music, with the voice of Naja Storeberg and violincello
of Wolfgang Loos providing splashes of color. Most pieces are instrumentals,
although my favourite edit, "Sabia" has both the voices of Naja and
Jorge in a simple and repetitious Brazilian refrain, which is simultaneously
understated and compelling. "Wine Flows Like the Wind" and "Nowhere
at Nine" are the most ambient pieces, while the last edit, "Stenia" leaves
the melancholy behind, and calls to mind cinematic images of heading out of
town in a convertible into an empty, big-sky landscape, full of hope and joy.
This album is a real ride, and should please the adventurous new age listener." -JJ
NEW AGE VOICE MUSIC REVIEWS
- "The trio of bassist Jorge Degas, guitarist Michael Rodach and percussionist
Andreas Weiser - known as Xiame - might easily be described as a fusion of
Brazilian and European influences. Degas was born in Rio, Rodach and Weiser
are German, and guest vocalist Naja Storebjerg is Danish. But Xiame´s
elegant contemporary sound speaks more of a successful combination of very
personal styles, with each musician contributing strong compositions to the
mix. Sabia" establishes a catchy, memorable groove at the outset. On the
title track, whose title translates to the song of the soul", Rodach´s
guitar weaves delicate figure to the digitally processed strains of Wolfgang
Loos´ cello. Storebjerg´s vocals are light and airy, and in that
sense, they sound vaguely Brazilian. Throughout, though, the Brazilian air
that prevails is one of nuance, of clever chord choices, or just-relaxed-enough
rhythms. These details are what distinguishes a tasty brew like Xiame´s.
Credit Traumton´s superior sonics and attractive packaging, too, for
framing the group´s identity well."
Rhythm Music/ LARRY BLUMENFELD
- "This album, with its strong rhythmic pulse and innovative blend of jazz,
Brazilian and dance music, will leave you with little choice but to redefine
your ideas concerning world music."
The Brazilian Music Review