Sunday, July 20, 2008

Alberto Farah - Tiger Temple

Hear The Track Here

There really aren't that many musicians I know or write about that can truly say they are well known, and that's not a bad thing but shows that Internet fame is not anything like the real thing. Alberto Farah is a Brazilian musician who can make that claim with justification, having contributed to material aired on the BBC and other TV channels. He is as well known for his jazz as for the other forays he makes into World (which is where I know him from) and even Classical peices. I know of him though Soundclick (where he is known as Promusico); an excellent, accompished musician. btw, Tiger Temple is on both sites even though this review request came through Popspace.

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As you would imagine, Tiger Temple has more to do with the East than anything Latin, at least for the first section of this track As someone who spends inordinate amounts of time looking for great, authentic sounds, I am dazzled by the amount of them the intro contains. The same holds true with the rock/jazz/funk section that makes up the larger part of this track, although with a more Western slant. The music is wild, as percussive as rifle fire with more than a nod or two towards Carlos Santana. Alberto explains on his Soundclick site that this is a collaborative effort between himself, producer Riccardo Vieira and guitarist Luis Carlos so the one word that will apply is quality.

From the wide open spaces of the East to the steamy rhythms of Latin America via early American jazz, mix in some rock backline and an equally fiery lead guitar and you have the world encompassed by Tiger Temple. Now personally I love anything that stretches the envelope but there aren't many who do it with such style. In my opinion, the stark difference between the two sections is the real highlight of this track, closely followed by some awesome performance and a solid, rich mix. And if that combination doesn't make for a good time, something ails you...

World class World music. Highly Recommended.

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