El Terreno is named after the neighborhood in Palma, Mallorca, in which Gurevitsch wrote it over the past couple of years. The tranquility and beauty of this setting is reflected in the music: eight songs of Gurevitsch’ Spanish guitar meandering through the cobblestone streets, idling on town squares frozen in the afternoon sun, drifting on the perfumed evening air.
Two special guests feature on the album. On ‘For Your Love’ the legendary Cuban jazz trumpetist Arturo Sandoval is invited to play along. And on ‘Santa Teresa’ the esteemed Danish rock singer Annisette lends her characteristic smoky phrases to the drama. Throughout the album, Gurevitsch’ Spanish guitar is accompanied by a band of drums, percussion, bass and keyboards.
The release of El Terreno came after Jacob Gurevitsch’ national tour, which saw him play two sold out nights at DR Koncerthuset on November 1 and 2.
What was the writing process like for the album?
JG: The beautiful neighborhood of El Terreno makes you feel like you’re in a movie. The perfect surroundings for me to write. I write my songs in solitude. Picasso once said ’without great solitude, no great work is possible’, and I can very much relate to that.
What are some influences on the music on this album?
JG: To be honest, I don’t know if it makes sense to speak of direct influences. I just make the music the way I like. I listen mostly to jazz. If I should give a song is should be “Cucurrucucu Paloma” by Caetano Veloso.
Describe your collaboration with Annisette.
JG: Annisette is one of the most amazing singers I know. The best singer I have toured with. I played with her band Savage Rose for 3 years, and I’ve always dreamt of making a track with her. Most of all, I am musically attracted of singers with lots of emotion in their expression.
Describe your collaboration with Arturo Sandoval.
JG: My best friend Allan and I have always shared a passion for Cuban music, and very much Arturo Sandoval. He was very sweet and generous in the process, and I am very happy with the outcome.