Taken at breakneck speed, Decision is a jaw-dropping track. But other titles which emphasise melodies and harmonies rather than pyrotechnics are also great. Both sentimental and stimulating, this Portuguese piano-bass-drums trio is constantly challenging while their distinctive collective voice is really fresh. Try Decision, Arpeggione and Wapita first.
Favorite track: Decision.
"There is something sublimely serene in an almost cosmic sense in the music of this disc."
-Jazz Da Gama (Canada)
"El Duende is a rarity -an album that lives up to its name"
-Chris Mosey, All About Jazz * * * * 1/2*
-"Músico de sólidos recursos e que não vira costas a desafios, mostra-se em “El duende” (...), onde explana o seu pianismo fluente e elegante."
António Branco in Diário do Alentejo
"Quant à Diogo Vida, la densité de son jeu et ses improvisations sur les chapeaux de roue sont à couper le souffle."
"El panorama jazzístico del país vecino está a un nivel muy alto y discos como este así lo demuestran."
-La Habitación del Jazz (España)
In this third release as a leader, pianist and composer Diogo Vida teams up with bassist Yuri Daniel and drummer Vicky Marques to bring "El Duende" to the world. Internationally acclaimed for his bright light compositions and pianism, the music on this album is deeply rooted in bop with a touch of flamenco and impressionism and was conceived with the virtuosi colleagues in mind, conveying excitement, freshness and meaning to the experience of "El Duende"
Recorded on December 11, 2017 at Atlântico Blue Studios
"Vendaval" recorded on December 12, 2017.
Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Suse Ribeiro
Piano Technician: Paulo Pimentel (Ebano&Marfim)
Artwork by Diogo Valério