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Amancio D'Silva KONKAN DANCE

Amancio D'Silva
KONKAN DANCE

KONKAN DANCE
Unissued 1974 album

A Street in Bombay (D'Silva)
What Maria Sees (D'Silva; Young)
A Song for Francesca (D'Silva)
Konkan Dance (D'Silva)


PERSONNEL:
Amancio D'Silva (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Alan Branscombe (flute, vibes, electric piano)
Don Rendell (saxophone)
Toni Campo (bass)
Stan Tracey (piano)
Clem Alford (sitar)
Mick Ripshar or Keshav Sathe (tablas)
Recorded at the Lansdowne Studios, London, 1974 (STEREO)

Vocalion proudly presents the first ever release of guitar genius Amancio D'Silva's 1974 album Konkan Dance. Goan-born D'Silva came to the UK in 1967 and recorded five albums for EMI's legendary Lansdowne' jazz series, under the aegis of producer Denis Preston. However, the last of these and arguably the best Konkan Dance was for unknown reasons never released. Its exclusive licensing on CD to Vocalion by the Amancio D'Silva Estate enables the world to hear some of the most beguiling examples of D'Silva's blend of jazz, rock and Indian music in pieces such as What Maria Sees, A Street in Bombay and A Song for Francesca. On these sessions Amancio is accompanied by an all-star line-up including Stan Tracey, Don Rendell, Alan Branscombe and Clem Alford.

"Unreleased from 1974 comes this missing chunk of important British jazz fusion. Amancio D'Silva, a Goanese guitarist was already a veteran of indo jazz cocktails and this was to be his last recording for Denis Preston's legendary Lansdowne jazz series. For unknown reasons this LP was never released, thankfully a master was traced and at last we can treat our ears to this unusual masterpiece. There is a simple brilliance to the first three of the four lengthy tracks here, which can only come from symbiotic music relationships and rich musical experience not surprising really as the pedigree line up includes Don Rendell, Alan Branscombe, Clem Alford (sitar) and Stan Tracey. There's a confidence in the subtle, creeping eastern psychedelics of each track, but this is all very real in terms of journey music, and not a deliberate attempt to get all druggy.
Through clever variations in pace and instrumentation we are taken to very different, maybe even mystic places and rarely have I heard as much joy and emotion in such simple form. I'd say it's unlikely you will ever hear anglo-indian music as subtle or as beautiful as this.
Although the last track is a touch on the jazz rocky side, this is still a true peak in artistic creativity and recorded sound, and whether you intensely analyse your jazz, or like me, simply understand what it's like to hear good music, this is totally unmissable."
Jonny Trunk, Record Collector magazine, August 2006 (four out of five stars)

Effortlessly fusing jazz, rock and Indian music, tracks like the modal yet funky A Street in Bombay' (check Amancio's distorted guitar work and Don Rendell's graceful yet powerful sax) are some of the most captivating and natural fusions of the East and West recorded during this heady period.
Andy Thomas, Straight No Chaser Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006

This until now unreleased gem is more than welcome.In What Maria Sees' D'Silva combines beautifully with Alford's sitar over a strong rock backbeat from Campo and Wright, and some great electric piano from Branscombe. D'Silva's was a unique voice, as distinctive and innovative in his own way as Ernest Ranglin was in his. Hopefully, this will bring him to a wider audience, albeit posthumously.
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise, May 2006 (No.4, Jazzwise Office Vibe, April 2006)

"... this is the first time the album has been officially released. It comes with well researched and informative liner notes by D'Silva's guitarist son, Stephano ..."
"The first three tracks here are primo D'Silva, in particular A Street In Bombay, with stirring solos from Rendell and the leader, and A Song For Francesca, which includes D'Silva's first recorded use of acoustic guitar (an instrument he would concentrate on in later years)."
"... this is an important and massively enjoyable release ..."
Chris May, All About Jazz, 25 February 2006

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