Coast to Coast (EP)


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Recorded in January 2013, this EP has the title track, “Coast to Coast”, a composition by André Matos, and an arrangement I wrote for the Portuguese fado “Cansaço” (Tiredness), made popular by Amália Rodrigues in 1958.These two songs have been played by this quintet in many live situations, and I felt there was a special force to it.

“Coast to Coast” is a song that highlights distinct melodic and rhythmic patterns which repeat cyclically, with an interlude featuring a collective improvisation.

“Cansaço”, a song that I recorded in my latest duo album with Ran Blake, has been on my mind for a long time.I was very inspired by Guillermo Klein’s arrangements of Argentinean songs, and decided to experiment the same kind of approach with this Fado.


released December 31, 2013

1- Coast to Coast (Music by André Matos)
2- Cansaço (Music by J. Campos/Lyrics by L. Macedo/
Arrangement by Sara Serpa)

Performed by:
Sara Serpa- vocals
André Matos- guitar
Kris Davis-piano
Aryeh Kobrinsky-bass
Thomas Crane- drums

Recorded in January 2013
Mixed by Rick Kwan
Mastered by Randy Merrill



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Vocalist-composer-bandleader Sara Serpa is “the magical voice” according to pianist Ran Blake, who knows a thing or two about singers. Her unadorned, vibratoless delivery has been described as “smooth as glass” and her ability to sing complex vocalese lines on an equal footing with instrumentalists marks her as one of the most innovative singers of recent years. ... more

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Track Name: Cansaço
Por detrás do espelho quem está
De olhos fixados nos meus
Alguém que passou por cá
E seguiu ao Deus dará
deixando os olhos nos meus

Quem dorme na minha cama
E tenta sonhar meus sonhos
Alguém morreu nesta cama
E lá de longe me chama
Misturado nos meus sonhos

Tudo o que faço ou não faço
Outros fizeram assim
Daí este meu cansaço
De sentir quanto faço
Não é feito só por mim