Started this morning with sad news – Portuguese pianist and composer Bernardo Sassetti had died two days ago. According to what Wikipedia says, he fell off a cliff.
Sassetti was a brilliant composer, a pianist who was deeply influenced by the works of Bill Evans, and released several wonderful albums, mainly with Clean Feed. The musical paths he explored were ranging between classical music and jazz, characterized by a charming, heart melting playing, poetry and melody, gentle and compassionate.
A good example will be his 2004 solo piano album Indigo.
Aside to his regular studio albums, he also composed film scores, and often set his experimental sides free in those works. He combines romanticism and classical film score composing off the Henry Mancini school of music, along with Brazilian and even poppy sides.
I mostly recommend his stunning 2006 album Unreal:Sidewalk Cartoon, rich with sounds and instruments (Marimbas, vibes, oboe, horns etc) and hypnotizing with his lust for life.
[Audio] Bernardo Sassetti — Dona Antónia (Movimentos Oblíquos)
His recent album was released in 2010 and was much more jazzier, Keith Jarrett-wise, and included a surprising cover of a Sparklehorse song.Here’s a live version of Homecoming Queen.
Great loss. RIP.