Thievery Corporation ‘Saudade’ Transcends and Transports

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Words by Amelia Viner

It’s dusk. The sun sits on the skyline and its glow radiates on the water. You watch the sun sink into the horizon from your chair as you tap your strappy tan heels on the restaurant’s cobble stone. The bartender hands you a Caipirinha and you sip it slowly, drumming your fingertips on the glass, still looking at the sunset.

You stand up and close your eyes, start to sway–maybe because you’re tipsy, but mostly because “Décollage” by Thievery Corporation has just come on. It streams into the outdoor space like a soft rain and you can’t help but drift with it. You let the gentle French phrases by Lou Lou Ghelichkani, the humidity, and the sweet drink carry you into a calming trance as you glide past the gleaming bodies to the dance floor.

Saudade, Thievery Corporation’s seventh studio album, has the power to transport you here– to a Brazilian city you may have never been to, yet may feel more comforting than anywhere you’ve ever been or dreamt of. Saudade’s strings and Latin claves blend with the gentle hum of the restaurant; the clinking of wine glasses and plates combine to create a spontaneous live accompaniment. And that drink in your hand, the Caipirinha, is one of Brazil’s cultural symbols. It is constantly being reinvented with varying ingredients. Just as the sum of its parts can morph into something new yet preserve its authenticity, so too can Thievery Corporation’s blended sound revisit its first love in Saudade: bossa nova.

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New Release: Thievery Corporation – ‘Saudade’

 

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Thievery Corporation‘s seventh studio album, Saudade, dropped today! Going back to the roots that originally brought them together, the duo dedicates this work entirely to bossa nova. Saudade in Portuguese means “a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence.”

The album draws from classic Brazilian artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá, among others.

Listen to the lush and sensual “Depth of My Soul” after the jump.

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“Depth of My Soul” lyric video & tour dates after the jump

Rest In Peace, Chico Hamilton

 

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Legendary jazz musician and leader of the Euphoria ensemble Chico Hamilton has passed away.

Coming up as a rising jazz drummer alongside other heavyweights such as Charles Mingus in high school, Chico played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and others, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with early on.

In 1987, he helped found the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in NYC, a place dear to many of our hearts.

His ensembles helped develop talent like Gabor Szabo and Larry Coryell, amongst many others. Chico is also credited as an influence for many contemporary talents such as Carlos Santana, Joe Claussell, Jose James, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Thievery Corporation.

Honored as a “Living Jazz Legend” by the Kennedy Center and as an NEA Jazz Master, Chico Hamilton was seminal to the jazz community, culture, and history. Material from his October 2013 recordings with his Euphoria ensemble will be released as the The Inquiring Mind in early 2014.

We are grateful to have had Chico as part of our own history here at Giant Step as well – he will be sorely missed.

The ongoing event series, Celebrating the Life & Music of Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton will continue on December 15 at Drom in NYC. Come out and pay homage to one of the greats.

New Release: Bob Marley – ‘Legend Remixed’

 

1984′s iconic Legend album by Bob Marley and The Wailers is the world’s best-selling reggae album with a reach surpassing 40 million copies sold. The Diamond-certified album now for the first time gets an official remix treatment on Legend Remixed and it’s something special indeed.

The work showcases the 16-tracks brought to new realms by the crème de la crème of remixing talent, including Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip, Photek, Roni Size, and Nickodemus, amongst others.

Listen to the album preview below and after the jump catch the album trailer!

Watch the album trailer after the jump

New Track: Hidden Orchestra – “Vorka”

 

Who doesn’t love some spooky atmospheric tunes on their Tuesday? Hidden Orchestra get their Thievery Corporation on with the Japanese sci-fi novel inspired “Vorka,” the first single from their upcoming album out October 2. The single is actually part of a double A-side, the other track being “Spoken,” which you can look out for soon!

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