Magic King Stomp

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‘Magic King Stomp’ es la celebración del jazz, la vuelta al bullicio de las calles de Nueva Orleans, un viaje al pasado, pero no para recrearlo tal cuál era, sino más bien para recordarlo y actualizarlo: captar su espíritu, ahondar en su esencia y homenajearlo desde el presente, con respeto y admiración.

El tema que da título al EP es una composición propia que rememora el sonido de los pioneros de Nueva Orleans como Jelly Roll Morton o el maestro Joe King Oliver –quien inspira la canción- y su Creole Jazz Band. Está basada en un stomp, ritmo autóctono de la ciudad que vio nacer el jazz, donde la tradición de bandas militares, brass bands, desfiles de carnaval, marchas fúnebres, esclavos africanos y
descendientes europeos se fusiona en una para dar origen al nuevo estilo. “Nevermind black, white or creole”.

A su vez, es un tributo a los años inmediatamente posteriores y las ciudades que lo vieron crecer y evolucionar: el jazz blanco estilo Chicago o las orquestas de Nueva York. Desde el swing contagioso de ‘It’s better to give than to receive’ (Helen Humes) hasta el cabaretero ‘I wanna’ (tema propio) o el aire melancólico y desgarrado de la siempre eterna Billie Holiday con la revisión de su clásico ‘God bless the child’.

Concluye el EP con otro tema propio, ‘Starlight’, interpretado a banjo y voz, un cálida balada de reminiscencias minstrel, que evoca a una remota cabaña ambulante del Medio Oeste americano, a la luz de las estrellas…

Por último, a modo de curiosidad, no sabemos a ciencia cierta cuándo fue la última vez que se compuso un stomp original en España. Puede que hace muchos años; o puede que nunca. En realidad es lo de menos. Las escasas bandas (maravillosas todas) que practican jazz tradicional en nuestro país fundamentalmente se centran en repertorio ajeno. Lo importante aquí es cerrar los ojos y dejarse atrapar por los sonidos de una época donde el jazz era tan popular que se oía en cada esquina, en cada local, en cada hogar…

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released June 25, 2012

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- José Luis Calandria, “Tristón”: batería
- Joshua Díaz: saxo alto, clarinete
- Javi Ramírez: trombón
- Pablo Sánchez: chelo
- Lorenzo Matellán: piano
- Marisa Simon-Moore: voz en ‘I wanna’
- Manu Grooveman: banjo, guitarra, bajo y voz en ‘Magic King stomp’
- Sarita Brown: voz principal

Ilustración de portada: David Ibáñez Fox y Alba Manero Núñez.
Concepto y Artwork: Sarita Brown.

Grabado, mezclado y masterizado por L. Matellán en Headroom Estudio, Madrid, junio de 2012.

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Muchos se preguntan hacia dónde va el jazz. Nosotros sólo queremos saber de dónde viene.

Satellite pretende recuperar lo mejor de la época dorada del jazz, los ritmos calientes del swing, la vitalidad de los sonidos 'hot'.

Cuando el jazz permitía soñar...
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Track Name: Magic King Stomp
There's something magic in your eyes
Something magic in the night
When the magic king arrives
Everybody seems to be alright

Long parade in New Orleans
Mardi Grass is on my dreams
When I'm stomping I feel fine
When I'm stomping at the sky

I never thought I would be here
Nevermind black, white, creole
When they're playing all together in the street

And the trombone stops the time before the final end...
Something magic in your eyes you can spread
Track Name: It's better to give than to receive
Old Rev was in the pulpit
His face was all a glow
Until he spied collections
On the table below
The plates were almost empty
He couldn’t stand the shock
So this is what he shouted
That made the whole church rock

Yes It’s better to give than to receive…
Don’t you know that he that gives
Up above some day shall live
It’s better to give than to receive

Now I’ve been sacrificing
Helping you see the light
But look at this collection
I ain’t been treated right
So get it up and drop it in
We’re on the brink of ruin
Let’s dig down deep I’m waiting
And I’ve got more time in brewin’

(Chorus)

Can’t I help you see the light?
Everything’s gonna be alright!
It’s better to give than to receive

If you can’t share your gold
How can I help save your soul?
It’s better to give…
Track Name: I wanna
You were my twin, my sister, my love
But don't get me wrong If I couldn't stand your fake charm

After you've gone, things were going on
I could start my plan of becoming the best in the world

I wanna be a girl like you
I wanna be as good as you
When I'm on when I'm on the top of the stage

I wanna sing the way you sing
I don't like the way you spoil my dreams
When I'm on when I'm on the top of the stage

If everybody needs somebody what do you need to show me?
And if you want to show me something now

I only have to tell you here I am here I am, Here I am...

I wanna dance the way you dance
When dancing upon these stars
When I'm on the top of the stage
Track Name: God bless the child
Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weaks ones fade
Empty pockets don't ever make the grade
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Money, you've got lots of friends
Crowding round your door
When you're gone, spending ends
They don't come no more

Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don't take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own
Track Name: Starlight
I'm sitting here alone
Gonna leave all my thougths fly away
Should I think of you or should I look at this pretty sunset

Here comes starlight I can't help falling in love
By starlight each gleam is a heart beating on

Gonna close my eyes
Gonna let the sky kiss my face
I don't mind the world
It's just me and the moon, nothing else

Down starlight you can dream what you want
By starlight love is a shooting star

And the night breeze whispers smooth lullabies in my ears
And the city lights touch my soul as their beams shine on me

By starlight two young lovers in flame
By starlight wondering if they'll meet again