Honest Jon's Records - Benitez & Valencia LP

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Impossible Love Songs From Sixties Quito

Gonzalo Benitez and Luis Alberto Valencia
were kingpins of the musica nacional movement in Ecuador.

Their exquisitely romantic harmonising is a sublime blend of collected forbearance
and abject self-annihilation, underpinned and elaborated
by the heart-piercing, improvisatory guitar-playing of Bolivar Ortiz.
Effectively the third member of the group. ‘El Pollo’ sets the tone and intensity for everything that follows:
listen to his soloing at the start of our opener, Lamparilla.
Musically a pasillo — a cross between a Viennese waltz and the indigenous yaravi rhythm
— Lamparilla draws its verses from a poem by Luz Martinez from Riobamba,
written in 1918 when she was 15, under the influence of Baudelaire and Mallarme.
Another pasillo here, Sombras (‘Shadows’) is one of the best-loved songs in the musica nacional canon,
setting poetry about undercover sex and lost love by the Mexican poet Maria Pren,
which was considered pornographic on publication in 1911.

And Benitez & Valencia looked back still further,
to the indigenous roots of Ecuadorian music, as the key to its future.
Carnaval de Guaranda is their take on a song dating back to the era of the Mitimaes,
a broad group of Bolivian tribes conquered by the Incas and displaced to Ecuador.
‘Impossible love of mine / I love you for being impossible / Who loves what is impossible / Is the truest lover.’
Fiercely beautiful, desolate music from the shadowy mists of time,
the lip of oblivion, for anyone who had a heart, for anyone who ever dreamed.

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Gonzalo Benitez und Luis Alberto Valencia
waren die Hauptakteure der musica nacional-Bewegung in Ecuador.

Ihre exquisit romantische Harmonisierung ist eine erhabene Mischung aus gesammelter Nachsicht
und abgrundtiefer Selbstzerfleischung, untermauert und ausgearbeitet
durch das herzzerreißende, improvisatorische Gitarrenspiel von Bolivar Ortiz.
Er ist quasi das dritte Mitglied der Gruppe. El Pollo" gibt den Ton und die Intensität für alles, was folgt, vor:
Hören Sie sich sein Solo zu Beginn des Openers "Lamparilla" an.
Musikalisch ein Pasillo - eine Kreuzung aus Wiener Walzer und dem indigenen Yaravi-Rhythmus
- Lamparilla entstammt einem Gedicht von Luz Martinez aus Riobamba,
das sie 1918 im Alter von 15 Jahren unter dem Einfluss von Baudelaire und Mallarme schrieb.
Ein weiteres Pasillo hier, Sombras ('Schatten'), ist eines der beliebtesten Lieder im Kanon der musica nacional,
Es ist eine Vertonung von Gedichten über heimlichen Sex und verlorene Liebe der mexikanischen Dichterin Maria Pren,
das bei seiner Veröffentlichung im Jahr 1911 als pornografisch angesehen wurde.

Und Benitez & Valencia blickten noch weiter zurück,
zu den indigenen Wurzeln der ecuadorianischen Musik, die den Schlüssel zu ihrer Zukunft darstellen.
Carnaval de Guaranda ist ihre Interpretation eines Liedes aus der Zeit der Mitimaes,
einer großen Gruppe von bolivianischen Stämmen, die von den Inkas erobert und nach Ecuador vertrieben wurden.
Impossible love of mine / I love you for being impossible / Who loves what is impossible / Is the truest lover".
Unerbittlich schöne, trostlose Musik aus dem Nebel der Zeit,
der Lippe des Vergessens, für jeden, der ein Herz hat, für jeden, der jemals geträumt hat.

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Honest Jons

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EN: Honest Jon's is an independent record shop based on Portobello Road in Ladbroke Grove, London, operating since 1974. The shop is owned and run by Mark Ainley and Alan Scholefield, who took over from one of the original proprietors, "Honest" Jon Clare. Their record label of the same name is run in conjunction with Damon Albarn, who has been quoted as saying: "I don't really like the term world music. Wherever it comes from, it's all just music, isn't it? Hopefully that's what Honest Jon's is about - to open a few minds to what's out there."[1] The shop sells a multitude of genres of music on vinyl and CD, specializing in jazz, blues, reggae, dance, soul, folk and outernational. It runs a mail-order business from www.honestjons.com. Formed in 2002, the label has released compilation albums such as its London Is The Place For Me series, excavating the music of young Black London, in the years after World War II ("a fascinating archive of material from the 1950s and 60s, chronicling a time when diasporic rhythms were more or less the sole preserve of the small communities responsible for bringing them to these shores");[2] also collections of British folk, Port-of-Spain soca, Afro-Cuban jazz from the Bronx, Jamaican dancehall; and retrospectives of artists including Moondog, Maki Asakawa, Bettye Swann and Cedric "Im" Brooks & The Light of Saba. It has released original music by Candi Staton, Actress, T++, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mark Ernestus, Trembling Bells, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Simone White, Shackleton, Michael Hurley, Terry Hall, and the Moritz Von Oswald Trio. It recorded the chaabi orchestra of Abdel Hadi Halo on location in Algiers; Lobi Traore and Kokanko Sata Doumbia in Bamako; and Tony Allen in Lagos. In 2008, Honest Jon's began a run of compilations of early recordings — mostly drawn from the EMI Archive in Hayes, Hillingdon — stretching back to the start of the twentieth century, covering all corners of the world: from the break-up of the Ottoman Empire more than a hundred years ago, to 1950s Beirut, to late-1920s Baghdad, to 1930s East Africa. wikipedia

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