Monday, April 30, 2018

Elina Duni - Partir (ECM 2018)

Songs of love, loss and leaving. After two highly acclaimed albums with her jazz quartet, Elina Duni issues her most intimate recording to date.  The entirely solo Partir features the Tirana-born vocalist,  accompanied by her own piano, guitar and frame drum, interpreting songs from very diverse sources.  From folk songs and chansons to songs of singer-songwriters. Here we find traditional music from Albania, Kosovo, Armenia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Arab-Andalusia as well as  Jacques Brel’s “Je ne sais pas”, Alain Oulman’s  “Meu Amor”,  Domenico Modugno’s “Amara Terra Mia”, Elina’s own “Let Us Dive In” and more. Duni’s uniquely-expressive voice and pared-down arrangements locate a common thread of longing that runs through the material. Partir was recorded at Studios La Buissone in the South of France in July 2017, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

1 AMARA TERRA MIA (Domenico Modugno) 04:17
2 LET US DIVE IN (Elina Duni) 04:44
3 MEU AMOR (Alain Oulman) 04:28
4 LAMMA BADA YATATHANNA (Muhammad Abd al Rahim al Maslub) 04:16
5 VISHNJA (Traditional Kosovo) 04:07
6 LUSNAK GISHER (Traditional Armenia) 02:46
7 OYFN VEG (Philip Laskowsky) 06:19
8 KANGA E KURBETIT (Traditional Kosovo) 03:27
9 ANI KAJ LULIJE (Traditional Albanians from Macedonia) 02:19
10 VAJ SI KENKA (Traditional Albania) 03:40
11 JE NE SAIS PAS (Jacques Brel) 04:20
12 SCHÖNSTER ABESTÄRN (Traditional Switzerland) 02:56