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Mike De Souza

WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM MIKE DE SOUZA – CHRYSALIS

Jazz virtuoso Mike de Souza is ready to end the year with a new album, ‘Chrysalis’. Hailing from Hertfordshire, the artist developed a passion for music when he first touched a guitar at the age of 12. His professional career took off at 20, leading him to move to London in 2012 and tour and collaborate with internationally renowned musicians including Terence Blanchard, Martin Speake, and Byron Wallen. His second album ‘Chrysalis’ allows him to impose his name even further in the jazz scene.

The album opens up with the meditative and peaceful “Clementine Clouds”. While it spans over 7 minutes, Mike de Souza keeps on introducing new elements that prevent the song from ever becoming monotonous.

The following track, “Looking Up”, injects a punchy energy into the album. This is the kind of song we can easily picture playing in a fancy bar or a hotel lounge – easy to listen to and enjoy.

The expansive “Gently Awake” follows, a nearly nine-minute musical listening experience. While Mike de Souza sure knows how to maintain interest, I believe this track could have been divided into 2 compositions for better enjoyment.

Then is time for my favorite track, “Paper Plane Pilot”. The song takes off with a captivating guitar riff and is a perfect example of de Souza’s exceptional guitar skills.

“Chrysalis”, which gives its name to the album, emerges as the most intense track on the album. Indeed, a sense of positive oppression builds tension throughout, making us hold our breaths until we know where the song will take us.

The album closes with “Headbanger Blissout” a surprising fusion of rock elements and saxophone. It serves as a refreshing departure from the traditional jazz sounds that exude from the previous tracks.

‘Chrysalis’ is an album of contrast, showcasing Mike de Souza and his musicians’ prowess while going from introspective times to high-energy moments for a true musical journey.

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