Elina Duni – Lost Ships (2020) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Elina Duni – Lost Ships (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 57:30 minutes | 968 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

Elina Duni and Rob Luft’s programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by distinguished guests, with Swiss flugelhornist Matthieu Michel and UK pianist/percussionist Fred Thomas here making significant contributions to the overarching concept. The migration crisis, a theme explored on Elina’s Partir album, is again a central issue, so too ecological concerns. Material is drawn from many sources: “There are songs that touch upon past influences, with the sound of Albania and Mediterranean folklore ever-present. We wanted to explore other musical roots, too: timeless jazz ballads, French chanson, American folk song…” The broad range of music addressed runs from traditional pieces to original compositions, via songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Charles Aznavour. Lost Ships was recorded at Studios la Buissonne in the South of France in February 2020.

In 2018, Elina Duni went solo. Well, she put her name on an album cover and no one else’s. After leading a jazz-based quartet for two albums, the Tirana singer brought out Partir on ECM. The magnificent folklore and popular pieces were played on piano, guitar and percussion and evoked love as well as loss and bereavement. With Lost Ships, Duni continues her collaboration with the young British guitarist Rob Luft which began in 2017. The duo brings together songs of love, exile and suffering. They explore the world’s ills – from migration conflicts to ecological concerns – through truly moving melodies. It’s like a chamber symphony that mixes Mediterranean textures with jazz arrangements. Sometimes, the duo is joined by English pianist and percussionist Fred Thomas and Swiss trumpeter Matthieu Michel. Whether it’s a jazz ballad, an Italian song (Bella Ci Dormi), an Albanian folk tune (Kur Më Del Në Derë and N’at Zaman), a standard made popular by Frank Sinatra (I’m a Fool to Want You) or Charles Aznavour (Hier encore), these diverse sources are brought together by Elina Duni’s expressive voice. Sitting somewhere between a Balkans fado and European blues, it’s a voice that brings hope. – Marc Zisman


1. Elina Duni – Bella Ci Dormi
2. Elina Duni – Brighton
3. Elina Duni – I’m A Fool To Want You
4. Elina Duni – Numb
5. Elina Duni – Lost Ships
6. Elina Duni – The Wayfaring Stranger
7. Elina Duni – Flying Kites
8. Elina Duni – Lux
9. Elina Duni – Kur Më Del Në Derë
10. Elina Duni – N’at Zaman
11. Elina Duni – Empty Street
12. Elina Duni – Hier Encore