Saxophonist Angela Puxi, grew up in the Ruhr area, her origin is however Sardinia. Inspired by her aspiration for perfection and her own musical creativity, she began her studies for jazz saxophone at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem (NL), where she graduated with the Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Pop).
In summer 2012 her first EP Senza Parole was released, a rather rocky-hymnal oeuvre. Authenticity, her captivating nature and her Sardinian temperament make Puxi to a distinctive sympathizer. With Volker Dorsch as keyboarder and co-producer, she found a congenial partner for developing new songs at the beginning of 2013, and finally both released in 2015 Angela's debut album Badapapapaa.
With Ulf Stricker on drums, Thorsten Praest on guitar, bass player Goran Vujic, a very tight and stable group joined. Further musicians on selected tracks are Dennis Legree (vocals), Sebastian Studnitzky and Hans-Peter Salentin (trumpet).
The title of Badapapapaa sounds strange. It raised from a onomatopoeia in which these syllables were used as a placeholder for a text. This word became in the further process of recording the title of the complete album quasi as a signal of liberation from pigeonholing.
This album cannot be compared with smooth jazz productions in the traditional sense or commonly heard in the Billboard smooth jazz charts. The musicians prefer real instruments instead of artificial programming although here and there are some programmed parts to find.
Awake! is pushed by Ulf Striker on drums, on the waves of his rhythm patterns Volker's keyboard chords flow along and Angela is riding her sax over crests and valleys of these waves preferring the harmony formed by two saxophone recordings in overdub technic. When the title In a Sunnymental Mood sounds familiar to you, then you will have recognized the derivation of the title from In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. There is even some motivating swing in the rhythm of the song, that floats in the radiant aureoles of contemporary jazz.
Inconvenient is not just a term but a fresh impetus. Puxi combines ingeniously elements of jazz, vocal pop and Afro beat to a sonic rebirth of a new jazz impulse. Sometimes it's just fine to have a fascinating melody that plays itself. Badapapapaa is such a stroke of luck and the musical implementation achieves the quality of classical Sade songs.
With Je Ne Sais Pas Angela comes to us in French. Contemporary jazz with a pinch of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg and a brilliant solo by Sebastian Studnitzky on trumpet. Musicians do not live on an island and are subject to individual influences. The Captain's Return reaches back in time to the funky period of Nile Rodgers' Le Freak and enriches the theme with a sizzling horn arrangement.
If you like the song Noodle Soup by Four80East, take Storyboard as a worthy contemplation and continuation in the contemporary jazz realm. Housing to Jazz bridges not only the gap between jazz and house music, but integrates a multitude of styles to a favorable sound indulging your ears like a musical Jacuzzi. Summers ago I experienced Faro as the hottest place in Portugal. This piece exudes a gentle melancholy, when Puxi's sax winds like an oriental belly dancing.
Angela Puxi and her band have created an amazing hybridization between different branches of jazz, a new experience beyond the common styles of contemporary jazz.