MARIO BARREIROS
Dois Quartetos Sobre o Mar


4.0
excellent

Review

by Asura14 USER (7 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2022 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Portuguese jazz album we didn't know we needed

“Dois Quartetos Sobre o Mar” (loosely translated from Portuguese, "Two quartets about/over the ocean) is an album by Portuguese jazz multi-instrumentalist Mário Barreiros. The album is produced, mixed, mastered and produced by himself, and played by himself (drums) alongside two separate quartets: "Pacific" with a more contemplative approach and "Abissal", more exploratory and representing of the ocean's deep waters.

Even though the instruments are identical between both quartets, the approaches are very different, having Barreiros himself as a common thread that ties them together beautifully. The opener “Só Ten o Corpo Memoria”, inspired by a Galician poem, is the more refined and quieter of the tracks with a mellow sax that drifts indefinitely and beautifully throughout. After a little bit of reading, I found that all tracks have some connection to existing jazz pieces or inspired by other pieces of art and to enumerate them all would make this review likely too descriptive. However, moving on to “El Árbol Negro”, the track that shifts to the second quartet, it marks the tone for the second half of this album, a more dynamic and intense experience overall.

Lastly, I think the more important aspect of this album is that it is a fantastic experience, a deep dive (pun intended) into a challenging yet beautiful jazz journey. An homage to the people taking care of our ocean that is a companion piece to a documentary but that holds itself as it's own piece art.



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Asura14
March 22nd 2022


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big fan of this album, thought others might be as well so decided to write a quick review on it.



The first half is specifically pleasing to my ears, as a fan of more straight forward romantic/mellow jazz but the album as a whole is just great

Zig
March 22nd 2022


2746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the Jafumega guy?

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2022


18936 Comments


I just helped my son do a school project on Jafumega yesterday hahah

Asura14
March 22nd 2022


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Zig Yes that guy, he plays drums for a bunch of portuguese groups/artists



@TheNotrap music school? Otherwise I'm really surprised

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2022


18936 Comments


For the music class ;)

Dreamflight
March 22nd 2022


2180 Comments


Jafumega 

Fuck that's a name I haven't heard in a while . :D

Asura14
March 23rd 2022


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Portuguese people.... assemble

bnelso55
March 23rd 2022


1442 Comments


Solid write-up. This sounds very interesting. I'll definitely check this out.

Asura14
March 24th 2022


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, I avoid writing reviews as writing is not something I'm comfortable with, but I thought the album deserved one



Hope you enjoy



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