Jorge Degas: Cantar A Vida: Release Information
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Release Date: 29.07.1998
TT Catalogue No: 4446
As a bass player, Brazilian Jorge Degas is one of the exceptional virtuosos in his field. He surprises us with his elaborate, individual, often very harmonically-oriented playing technique. Seldom do we find mention of the fact that Jorge Degas is also an outstanding guitarist. He grew up during the hightime of the Bossa Nova in the Favelas of Rio. During his youth, the guitar was his main instrument until he began his career as a professional bassplayer, musician, composer and singer. Until today, he creates most of his compositions on the guitar.
A good ten years have passed since his first meeting with producer and musician Wolfgang Loos. During this time, four collaborative CDs from the band XIAME resulted - their unique mixture of Latin, Folk, Pop and Jazz elements having been influenced by Jorge, his bass playing, his compositions and his unmistakably falsetto. They also worked together on a Duo Album "Soul Rhymes" with the Danish jazz singer, Vini Kjaersgaard lul. Although - or perhaps because - neither can speak the other's language, a close friendship developed between Jorge Degas and Wolfgang Loos, from which the music of a common language developed. They always and often met out of the studio, simply to play music. It was from these chamber music sessions and pure playing joy that the concept for an acoustic guitar album was born. So developed "Cantar a vida", one of his simple, fascinating, tender, coy pieces of chamber music, which presents Jorge Degas as an extraordinary singer/songwriter in the Bossa Nova tradition.
"Making an accoustic guitar CD had never occurred to me, even though I have always played and composed on the guitar. But one day, after sharing an excellent meal and a bottle of red wine together, my good friend and producer, Wolfgang Loos, came up with the idea.
After having played percussion and drums as a very young musician, I then
spent several years with the guitar as my main instrument before finally settling
on the bass. Apart from the percussions, the accoustic guitar is probably the
most important instrument in Brazilian music. Particulary in northern Brazil,
where the very rich culture is reflected in the rhythms and special moods of
the melodies using mainly accoustic guitar. And of course there is the bossa
nova, being the most famous Brazilian music, also rich in its use of the accoustic
Many rhythms and different techniques are to be found on this CD and
I am very happy to have made this 'document' with my producer and colleague,
Loos, who created 'Cantar A Vida' using few effects, with only guitar, violoncello