He says that Looking At The Surroundings is his way of opposing the current general climate of individualism in order to make a call for collectivity; for looking beyond oneself. The piece is the title track of the first disc by the Felix Rossy Quintet, recorded live at a club in Barcelona after two tours together. In order for this music to sound right - to fly like it does on Changes and Back and Forth, to caress you like it does on One for Ana, to envelope you majestically like it does on Looking at the Surroundings – complicity is everything. And this quintet, apart from being great musicians, are great friends. Felix and drummer Andreu Pitarch have been friends since they were ten years old. The pianist Davis Whitfield is one of those extraordinary musicians Felix occasionally brings over from the United States before anyone knows them. They’ve been friends since they were teenagers. Tomeu Gracias from Mallorca is one of the best kept local secrets. Felix met him when he arrived in Barcelona to study. Ben Tiberio, a rising star double bassist on the New York scene, closes out the circle on this quintet’s debut recording which also features guest artist Rita Payes who sings and plays trombone on two of the tracks. Felix describes the concert as “intimate, mysterious, and powerful”. I wish I had been there. Luckily, it was recorded for this album.
“Looking At The Surroundings”, diu, és la seva manera d’oposar-se a l’individualisme del món d’avui, de reivindicar la col·lectivitat. De mirar més enllà d’un mateix. La peça dóna títol primer disc del Fèlix Rossy Quintet, gravat en directe en un club de Barcelona després de dues gires junts. Perquè aquesta música surti bé, perquè voli com vola a “Changes” i a “Back And Forth”, perquè t’acaroni com a “One For Ana”, perquè t’envolti, majestuosa, com t’envolta a “Looking At The Surroundings”, la complicitat ho és tot. I en aquest quintet, el Fèlix, a més de bons músics, hi té còmplices. Amb el bateria Andreu Pitarch son amics des dels deu anys. Amb el pianista Davis Whitfield, un d’aquests músics extraordinaris que el Fèlix porta de tant en tant dels Estats Units quan aquí encara no els coneix ningú, es van fer amics d’adolescents. El mallorquí Tomeu Garcias, un dels secrets per descobrir del jazz local, el va conèixer quan va aterrar a Barcelona per estudiar. Ben Tiberio, un contrabaixista en alça a l’escena de Nova York, tanca el cercle d’un quintet que s’estrena en disc amb una convidada, Rita Payés, que posa veu i trombó en dues peces. El Fèlix diu que tot plegat va ser un concert “íntim, misteriós i potent”. Tant de bo haver-hi sigut. Quina sort que n’han fet un disc.
released October 25, 2020
Félix Rossy - Trumpet
Tomeu Garcías - Trombone
Davis Whitfield - Piano
Benjamin Tiberio - Bass
Andreu Pitarch - Drums
Recorded live at Nota 79, 17 July 2019, except track 06 recorded live at La Pedrera 27 July 2018.
Mixed and Mastered by Antonio Crevani.
Master for Vinyl Joan Hernàndez.
Cover by Ana Golobart. Design Pepon Meneses.
Produced by Felix Rossy & UnderPool.
Published by UnderPool.
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IMO a highly overrated album. The trumpet is mixed in WAY to loud and violently dominates all other sounds, which is even worse for it is played so often.
From just one listening session the songs seem to vary very little - which makes it background music at best.
This is not a particularly good album I think - especially compared to his album 'Into Forever,' which is rather brilliant! I wish I had not made this quick purchase and had not paid 8 GBP plus tax for this thing. onaut
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