It has become a tiresome cliché to describe anything these days as “a journey”, but French pianist Lise de la Salle has a point then she uses the analogy for her ninth recording with the Naïve label. “It’s a journey that explores the different ways in which dance takes possession of the body,” she explains in an interview in the liner notes.
The double disc set covers two continents and the century 1850-1950. Disc one starts in North America with its swing, rags, blues and jazz and the music of George Gershwin, Art Tatum and Fats Waller – all a little undercooked and bland for this listener’s ear. She hits her straps when she travels south to Argentina for Piazzolla’s
and the gauchos and sad women of Ginastera’s
Disc two takes us to Europe via Spain, and the rather obvious choice of Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance from El...