Before starting to write haunting music for his songs, Anthony Joseph wrote music for the spoken voice: poetry, in other words. This influence is palpable; he isn’t just a singer. He is a guru, a Caribbean wizard who exhorts, uplifts the soul and sends it flying around his African brass and percussion. The legacy of James Brown, Sly Stone or Sun Ra is present but his charisma, his passion for live performance makes Anthony Joseph one of most singular amongst all unique soul artists. "Apart from sex and certain LSD trips, there’s nothing better than being on stage with musicians who give it all they’ve got to a screaming audience."
Andrea Benini, the man behind Mop Mop, worked together with Anthony Joseph and living legend Fred Wesley on his new album "Isle Of Magic". Anyone familiar with Mop Mop will already know that their refined style has already lend them a unique place somewhere between the worlds of jazz, funk, latin and the Italian Postmodern style allowed the band to achieve the International film business as part of Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love' movie soundtrack. But with this latest LP 'Isle Of Magic', Mop Mop digs even deeper to bring us one of their most engaging and organic records yet.
The viola works on this recording fuse lyricism with virtuosity, and sometimes invoke folkloric moments as well as more rhapsodic flights. Martinů’s 1955 Sonata plays on elements of folk music and rhapsody, as well as a toccata-like intensity and a pervasive feeling of nostalgia. Kodály’s Adagio is an early work, highly expressive and richly romantic, whilst his compatriot Dohnányi wrote a Sonata of mature distinction, employing variations and transformed themes to magical effect. Joachim, upholder of the German violin school, also composed, and in his Hebrew Melodies crafts great pathos, whilst Enescu’s Concertstück fuses the lyrical with the dashing, as befits a competition test piece.
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