David Mengual is a Barcelona based bass player, composer and pianist, one of the most respected Spanish musicians and pedagogues. Along with his artistic activity he teaches at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona since 2003. He has awarded several prizes as Best Spanish Jazz Record by “Monkiana” (1996) and “Des d’aqui” (1999), by Cuadernos de Jazz Magazine. Best double bass of the year by Catalan Musicians Association on years 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and best composer on 2005 and 2011.
He has several projects running, including David Mengual Slow Quartet, the Free Spirits Big Band and collaborations with most of the top Spanish jazz musicians. DERIVA (2003) is a Septet project ensemble inspired in the poems of David Castillo and Carles Roche’s photographies, check gallery.
For Mengual’s new album, his SLOW QUARTET joins the voice of Carme Canela, with whom Mengual has a long history of collaborations, to publish EXTRAÑA ALEGRIA DE VIVIR (Strange joy of live). Along with band members Pintxo Villar, Oriol Roca, and Dani Perez, the project features Benet Palet, Marco Mezquida, and Sandrine Robilliard, and again with the artwork of Carles Roche.
After UNIVERS EVANS (2012) and MENTA, DIARI SONOR (2013), the Free Spirits Big Band completes the trilogy with VERTEBRATS (2014), a double album structured in 6 suites, arranged by Toni Vaquer, featuring original compositions by David Mengual and Toni Vaquer, and other songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.
SLOW QUARTET “U” (2013) could be the inheritance of Mengual’s previous work “Maitia”, with new original pieces written with the aim of offering an excuse to project the personality of each and every musician and turning it into a slow, sincere and ephemeral dialogue. Pintxo Villar, Toni Vaquer and Oriol Roca fulfill this need thanks to their personal and musical affinity as well as their enormous talent and sensitivity. Photography and artwork by Carles Roche.