Judith Ravitz - Bolerio LP
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Galvanised by a passion for soul, jazz, funk, folk, and Brazilian samba, Judith Ravitz’s Bolerio (in Hebrew, Yehudit Ravitz – ??? ????) brilliantly reimagines the music of the Brazilian legend Jorge Ben. Increasingly sought-after, housing as it does her seminal take on “Dia De Indio” – often re-edited and sampled, bootlegged but never bettered – it’s a uniquely thrilling LP in its own right.
The year is 1983, and Ravitz discovered that Jorge Ben was touring Israel with his crack backing band A Banda Do Zé Pretinho. After joining her in the studio, the ensemble reinvented a selection of Ben’s killer tracks that the band regularly performed.
On Bolerio – “come to Rio” - Ravitz handed them equal billing as they aided a recontextualization of Ben’s music for an audience that was barely aware of him. These versions are by no means straight re-treads. Far from it. The highlights are many and memorable. The aforementioned “Dia De Indio”, a strutting, electronic samba-funk with stabbing bass and fluid arrangements, sounds so current and fresh that it’s hard to believe it’s now 35 years old. Its vibrant ambience has been likened to the wiry dubbiness of King Sunny Ade’s Synchro System and it’s easy to see why. Indeed, the electro elements add a futuristic feel that the original could never comfortably possess.
Undeniably rocking more furiously than Ben’s versions, the album begins with a throbbing take on “Boiadeiro”, the opener from Ben’s Salve Simpatia. Ravitz flows wonderfully whilst the band get busy, introducing a heaviness and complexity absent from the original, as wild bass blends with an intensity.
2018 REISSUE – REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL TAPE TRANSFERS, CAREFULLY REPRODUCED ORIGINAL ART, STRICTLY LIMITED TO 500 COPIES WORLDWIDE – NO REPRESS
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