George Harris on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to read it!
Brent Black on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to read it!
Few groups can shift gears from one musical tradition to another with the grace of Grand Fatilla. Perhaps the many previous experiences and multi-ethnic backgrounds of its members give the Boston group a unique advantage. On its debut album, Global Shuffle, the band moves convincingly from the lively melancholy of the Balkans to the stately melancholy of tango, from trance to reels, without a hint of jet lag.
Michael Konik on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to see the original page.
The world music collective Grand Fatilla consists of Club d’Elf bassist Mike Rivard, electric mandolinist Matt Glover, accordionist Roberto Cassan, and percussionist-singer Fabio Pirozzolo. We mention this because the astonishing breadth of the group’s repertoire sounds like there are about 14 virtuoso musicians at work. Grand Fatilla specializes in nothing – except consistent excellence. On their debut recording, they perform authentic, spirited versions of Bulgarian dances, Italian tarantellas, Turkish and Irish songs, Moroccan trances, and some deliciously groovy tangos. Recorded beautifully in a refurbished church, “Global Shuffle” is currently our favorite reminder of planet Earth’s astonishing diversity of sublime music.
Chris Spector on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to see the original page.
GRAND FATILLA/Global Shuffle: and here’s a secret Boston ought to share with the rest of us. A multi-culti world/jazz band, this crew turns the mixmaster up so high that you almost can’t tell what culti the multi is mixing within a single song. Spirited, high octane stuff that’s loaded with gleeful abandon as it takes you around the world in a song, this is the real sound of global party music. While some influences are pretty obvious, some come at you so thick and fast that you can’t keep up with it all. What a gasser! This is the kind of stuff that keeps a genre vibrant. Well done.
Oscar Montagut from the “World Music Report” on “Global Shuffle.” Click here.
Jon Garelick from “The Boston Globe” on “Global Shuffle. Click here to get to the original page.
“The debut CD by world-music quartet Grand Fatilla broadens as you get deeper into it — taking in more genres with exacting technical virtuosity, and also widening its emotional scope. The helter-skelter shifting meters of the Bulgarian folk-dance-tune opener “Cigansko Oro” immediately puts you on notice of the band’s skills: Matt Glover’s fierce bouzouki-like mandolin plucking, Roberto Cassan’s equally dizzying accordion, the fast patter of Fabio Pirozzolo’s percussion. Meanwhile, the sure-footed groove of Mike Rivard’s bass lines creates the illusion that you could dance to this stuff if you dared. (Guitarist Claudio Ragazzi guests on several tracks.) Cultural cross references abound — a Southern Italian folk medley begins with a drone and chant that hark back to the Moroccan-styled “Kasha,” showing the Arabic influence at the tip of the boot, and breaks into Pirozzolo’s rendering of a tongue-twisting tarantella. Pirozzolo also infuses Cassan’s original milonga (country cousin of the Argentine tango) with vocal melancholy. The closing ballad-tempo “Little Church,” by Brazilian avant-gardist Hermeto Pascoal, is a fitting benediction for this focused, impassioned survey of cultural migration.”
Lance Liddle and Ann Alex on ” Global Shuffle.” Click Here.
John Harry on “Global Shuffle.” Click here.
Grego Edwards on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to read it on Gapplegate blog.
Dick Metcalf on “Global Shuffle.” Click here to read the review on Improvijazzation.