One of the most significant forces in the new generation of Fado and Jazz musicians in Portugal Júlio Resende started playing at age four. Resende had a Classical background, but soon he found out he was not satisfied to play compositions he could not improvise over.
Júlio participated in several workshops where he worked with the best masters of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Berklee College of Music, and Bill Evans Academy, Hot Clube during his stay in Université Paris – VIII.
In 2006, he completes his Philosophy studies at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He currently teaches Jazz Piano at the Universidade de Aveiro for their Master’s degree in Jazz Music.
The intense and very relevant path through the universe of jazz led him to think improvisation about other musical genres. He arrives to Fado, where he crosses tradition with modernity and launches, from his piano, a new look about the Portuguese song. (taken from his website)
In this voiceless Fado concert, the piano takes centre stage, with Júlio Resende invoking all the pain that Amália sings about. He began playing piano at the age of 4, studying at the conservatory in Faro, and developing a fondness for jazz. After recording three albums playing in a quartet or trio, he released his first solo album. In 2013, Valentim de Carvalho released Amália por Júlio Resende, where he sings the Fado with his piano and which he describes as the most personal solo album possible. Its very beautiful result is transferred in its entirety to his live performances.(by culturgest.pt)
This is one of the best piano albums I ever heard !
01. Fado Português (Régio/Oulman) 4.30
02. Vou Dar De Beber À Dor (Janes) 4.33
03. Tudo Isto É Fado (Nazaré/de Carvalho) 7.44
04. Foi Deus (Janes) 4.36
05. Estranha Forma De Vida (Rodrigues/Duarte) 4.51
06. Uma Casa Portuguesa (Ferreira/Sequeira/Fonseca) 3.57
07. Barco Negro (Piratini) 6.33
08. Gaivota (O´Neill/Oulman) 4.35
09. Ai Mouraria (dos Santos/Valério) 3.29
10. Amêndoa Amarga (dos Santos/Valério) 7.10
11. Medo (Ferreira/Oulman) 4.23