Pianist and composer Jose Carra is considered one of the most creative artists of the new generation of Spanish jazz musicians. His discography as leader consists of four LPs: 2012′ s Ewig, 2014’s El Camino, the succesful 2016’s Verso and his newest record Diaro de Vuelo (“Flight Journal”). Carra has also gained much appreciation as composer of music for movies and theater works, as well as compositions and arrangements for different symphony orchestras.
In general terms, Jose Carra’s style is strongly influenced by classical music and jazz, and all of his compositions feature many poetic and cinematic elements. These characteristics are fully confirmed in Diaro de Vuelo, where Carra is supported by bassist Bori Albero and drummer Dani Domínguez.
The album apparently signs the beginning of a new phase of experimentation for Jose Carra. In many songs of the album, in fact, the Spanish musician has started to insert a number of effects on his piano, and he’s also expanding the borders of his music by introducing synthesizers and tape recordings. The final result is generally positive, despite it follows the same trend that’s been initiated by other musicians in the last decade.
Musically speaking, Diario de Vuelo fits into that line of contemporary Jazz that looks at rock and pop as sources of external inspirations. In some of the songs of the LP there are clear references to the music of GoGo Penguin and also some works from Tigran Hamasyan. In this sense, I can say that his skill as a pianist seems still to prevail over that of a trio leader, in the sense that whenever he plays the piano solo we can appreciate an originality of style and a level of emotion that we don’t always find when the trio plays in full.
Diario de Vuelo results in the end a very good record, and also one of the best of his career so far. The album is also characterized by a nice variation of atmospheres, which make the listening experience absolutely rewarding.
My rating for the album is 7/10.
Diario de Vuelo can be streamed from Spotify.
Highlights: 2008, 97%, Alba, Nocturna.