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Uri Bracha – Dance of Life (Independent production, December 2017) Almost Classic/cross over, Jazz music.
The fourth album of the guitarist Uri Bracha and his quartet accomplish a vision of multicultural music using his special sound on guitar and his original compositions. Bracha is open up as a multicolored fan to create a musical melting pot that contain Brazil, Flamenco with eastern and western elements. This is a unique blend of middle eastern music with Brazilian rhythms, played with classical, Flamenco and electrical guitar. Jazz meets world music and vice-versa. Inseparable from the fresh wind that blows in the music, Uri Bracha is an outcome of melodic music, delicate improvisation and the instrumental colors. The opening tune – “From East to Bahiya” presents thrilling rhythmic transitions.
Uri Bracha’s skills on classical guitar is noticeable in “Dance of Life”, an exciting tune decorated with the touch of Flamenco. Also here, Bracha succeed in creating delicate fabric of rhythms, tunes and harmonies. This is a cross – culture music school. With creation as “Marcello Rumba” you make love from the beginning with the integration of melody, complicated improvisation of guitar playing, sounds of harmonica and Kajon. “Never late” opens with the expressive, beautiful sounds of Harmonica of Yael Feldhaim, Bracha continues with an expressive improvisation that brings gleam, captivating sunset atmosphere. The song “Moments of childhood”, a song of longing, Bracha presents in two Bossa Nova style versions: the first version is sung by him and the second, the better version, arranged in instrumental Flamenco style. Even though, the singing sounds authentic, it does not present the instrumental character of this album, when you hear the next song “Until When” with the great inventive and moves melodic arrangements, you understand that Bracha has to stay a guitarist and give up singing. Also here, you can enjoy the beautiful sounds of Yael Feldhaim’s Harmonica. To differentiate, the vocal singing here of Sharon Dvorin, surprisingly functional.
“Dance of life” is a whole world of sounds of a versatile musician and guitarist, who enable to connect his jazz and classical polished arrangement abilities to unique tunes with rainbow of colors of world music via skillful players that play along.