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Mysterious Barracudas

by Respectable Groove

Be calm or be inspired as jazz, early music and world grooves dance together. A unique band of flauto dolce, harpsichord, double bass and percussion synthesise the rhythms of the universe.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. La Rotta Della Manfredina
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2. Trotto
5:10 $0.99
3. Loose Connections
2:20 $0.99
4. Les Baricades Misterieuses / Mysterious Barracudas
5:17 $0.99
5. Mike's Tune
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6. Mister Sam
4:33 $0.99
7. Strange Bird of Paradise
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8. April Fool
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9. Achavari Waltz
2:43 $0.99
10. Chorinho
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11. Henderson the Rain King
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12. April 3rd
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13. Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
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Album Notes
The barracuda is a mysterious fish. Fast and savage, they yet have none of the coldness of a shark. Their markings give the impression of an exquisite piece of embroidery, shining brightly. Perhaps there is some poetry in the existence of the barracudas.

Respectable Groove is a contemporary music ensemble with a strong jazz inflection creating an exhilarating synthesis of musical colours from mediæval dance tunes, jazz rhythms, Celtic melodies and dazzling original works.

David Gordon: harpsichordist, composer and arranger:

David has played harpsichord with several leading baroque orchestras and has recently become continuo player with the prestigious band the English Concert. He has given baroque recitals with many soloists, including Evelyn Nallen and Andrew Manze. He plays jazz piano with Jacqui Dankworth, the David Gordon Trio, the Theo Travis Quartet, the Christian Garrick Quartet, New Noakes Internationals and Gerard Presencer, amongst many others.

Evelyn Nallen's recorder performance skills span early, baroque and contemporary music. She has had works written for her by many leading contemporary composers. She has toured in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela and the UK and recorded an acclaimed solo album. Evelyn is a highly respected teacher whose work includes jazz and improvisation workshops for the recorder. Formerly a champion Irish dancer, Evelyn has performed multimedia works for recorder, voice and movement.

Ichiro Tatsuhara left Japan aged 18 to play drums in the USA. Drawn to the UK he has played with Captain Sensible and P J Harvey as well as many top jazz groups. With influences from Africa, Cuba and Ireland, he is a unique percussionist..

Double bassist Oli Hayhurst has worked with artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Melanie C to jazz saxophone gurus Martin Speake and Gilad Atzmon.


"A dazzling fusion of old and new musics, played with understanding and virtuosity, and further stretching the musical boundaries of jazz" - Patrick Johns BBC Radio 3
"This new album goes to prove that using instruments associated with the musical past is no barrier to producing interesting contemporary jazz." - Alyn Shipton, BBC
"Wonderful concert, brimming with musicianship and excitement, bringing together the best of the worlds of baroque music and jazz" - Mark Argent, Editor, Early Music News
"[Evelyn Nallen] can play fast, improvised jazz with admirable control of timbre and intonation ... pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes" - John L.Walters of The Guardian
"[David Gordon is] a richly gifted player, with a sparkling style and boundless imagination" - Venue. "A splendidly entertaining composer" - Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3
" ... the recording exploits the delicacy of the sounds they use, particularly Tatsuhara's inventive cymbal-work." - The Guardian



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tania rose

how cool is this recording! I have prise it out of my cd player in order to play the other cds i ordered from cdbaby. to describe it i would have to say...intelligent, flowing, inspiring, happy, ...a perfect blend of jazz meshed with medieval. this cd IS as good and cool as it sounds....the WHOLE album. As a fellow musician, I salute you.

George Spelvin -- Programmer, George's Jungle Internet Radio

One of a kind!
As an Internet radio programmer, I have the opportunity to review a wide cross-section of numerous kinds of ecclectic music on a daily basis. None stands out so enjoyably well, to my mind, as the CD, Mysterious Baracudas by Respectable Groove. I have very seldom, if ever, heard a group combine different instruments into a sound that is not only good, but new and distinctive. An easy five stars!

CD Baby

This contemporary world jazz fusion ensemble brings new imagination to the most distant genres and time periods. With a foundation in jazz harmony and stylings, the unique instrumentation of harpsichord and recorders makes for a light and exhilarating synthesis of musical colors. Embracing everything from Medieval dance tunes to jazz soaked jigs, this is a welcome diversion from the standard.

A F Carr

Music for Shy People(tm)
This isn't dance music, or jazz, or classical. It's all three, somehow. They're British. So, they don't quite have the same aesthetic as you or me. Something new to the ear. They have their own ideas about what music should sound like. They play 'medieval' instruments like recorder and harpsichord. Somehow, despite all the surface oddity, the music is approachable and compelling. It's the sort of thing you might put on in the background and then find later that you're listening to it intensely.

John O'Connor

Baroque jazz, a new way
My two favorite forms of music are the Baroque and jazz. This is not the first group to combine them, but this is probably one of the more creative. Ward Swingle did it in the 60s with the Swingle Singers, and a group of west coast jazzmen recorded a pure jazz album on Baroque instruments in the 50s. A French jazz pianist, Jacque Laussier (sp?) did a series of jazz trio readings of Bach in the 60s as well. This, though, is different in a good way. Real Baroque and preBaroque pieces, rearranged to include jazz beats and even jazz improvisation. Really excellent. I thought I was a recorder player until I heard Evelyn Nallen. Wow!!! The other musicians are just as good. Buy this CD. Wonderful swinging music, with more than a touch of Baroque. Lovely stuff!!!!!!!

Genevieve Randall

Can't Be Sad
For anyone who loves early music, baroque and also jazz...tons of fun. It's a delight to hear the fusion of sounds. I get a little image of a guy in tights and a powdered wig shakin' his booty, doin' jazz hands on a sunny day at the castle.


Wonderful Diversion
A style and sound all their own, and well worth a listen. You can't go wrong with this one!