Keith Jarrett – La Fenice (ECM 2018)

By Marcello Nardi Feb 27, 2019 0

Moving through a journey, we are now able to see the development of a language that started earlier, through Dark Intervals, Paris Concert and Vienna Concert in 80s, then via La Scala in the 90s. Time becomes more central in his playing, even though in a less apparent fashion. Through the entire show recorded at La Fenice in 2006, he draws a secret map. It’s much like what Borgues told in the epilogue of his Dreamtigers, we can read a secret trademark of the artist if looking from the above at the worlds (s)he created: if we could see a map of Jarrett‘s… Continue reading

Anton Eger – Æ [Edition Records, 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Feb 12, 2019 0

Æ is a displacement of a billion forces collapsing one on each other, heading in multiple and unique directions. When you might be tempted to call it chaotic, it becomes intensely pop, when disco synths take the lead, then the drummer adds an array of incredible odd measured patterns. Nothing is ever stable, but the work is definitively unique. Pointing in a direction where others are indicating as well, at the junction between electronic, jazz, progressive and math-rock, yet it proves to be really a one of a kind -genre-defying- listening experience

Francesco Diodati – Never the Same [Auand, 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Feb 2, 2019 0

Yellow Squeeds are shifting ahead their level of interaction, with an unique voice between those bands reinventing post-rock influences within jazz realm, bringing innovation at harmonic and rhythmic level. The band shows a deeper level of interaction, yet retaining the different sides of the musicians: I am looking for putting myself in a state of listening to the others – he says. I no longer have the need to express myself and to make evidence I need to protect my own ground. Being open to others is like playing a game, a risky game of course, because it depends on whom… Continue reading

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar [MoonJune 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2019 0

When I go to a concert I like to hear the ideas behind the actual music and how these ideas unfold and evolve over the course of time. In other words, I’m always interested in a process that is based on a good and interesting idea which is presented in a very clear and transparent way. The idea itself can be very simple, but it should have the potential to create complex and interesting results. With Sonar we often very slowly build up a piece where one instrument starts and then others join in. In that way, you can clearly… Continue reading

Preston Glasgow Lowe – Something About Rainbows [Whirlwind 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 10, 2019 0

The definition of ‘trio’ spans such distant extremes, from nuanced, chamber derived line-ups to rave, aggressive, even electronic outbursts, to have become such a mysterious formula for success in jazz music. Giving the most iconic trio line-up is the piano trio, electric trios in jazz and fusion have been often labeled as ‘power trio’ thus indicating a different league of their own and placing them on the other end of the spectrum: thunderous, driving, rock-oriented grooves and the prejudicial belief electricity brings less attention to detail. Preston Glasgow Lowe trio is exactly undermining this opposition between the two ends of… Continue reading

A meeting of Spirit Fingers

By Marcello Nardi Jan 5, 2019 0

We reached a point of history -explains Spero- when mass audiences weren’t willing to put any effort to understand as music as deep as Weather Report and the fusion dance of the 70s we all know and love. People were making complex jazz music that was incorporating pop. That was like a fringe thing. I was doing it, like 12 years ago, with Makaya in Chicago. When I came back to Chicago, Makaya and I were playing in tiny jazz clubs every single night. We were playing the same type of music we just played in London in front of… Continue reading

Playlist 2018

By Marcello Nardi Dec 22, 2018 0

Playlist 2018 Antonio Sanchez & Migration – Lines in the Sand David Lang – The Day Michael Gordon and Kronos Quartet – Clouded Yellow Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Awase Dinosaur – Wonder Trail David Kollar Arve Henriksen – Illusions of a Separate World Quartet Diminished – Station Two Perfect Beings – Vier Trio Heinz Herbert – Yes Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices – Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings Syndone – Mysoginia Xavi Reija – The Sound of the Earth Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City Dominique Vantomme – Vegir Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu John… Continue reading

Xavi Reija – The Sound of the Earth [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 11, 2018 0

A photographer is literally somebody drawing with light. A man writing & rewriting the world with light & shadows – Wim Wenders, The Salt of the Earth For everyone who felt in love with The Salt of the Earth, the iconic picture by Wim Wenders about the life and the work of master photographer Sebastiao Salgado, watching black and white art photography changed like never before. The sense of emotional charge, the gut feeling that those images hinting at an inner sense of world and humanity provoked, all those things were disclosed like never before. The earth, in its basic nudity,… Continue reading

Antonio Sanchez – Lines in the Sand [CamJazz 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 5, 2018 0

When in 2005 Pat Metheny Group released The Way Up, a monumental almost 70-minutes suite made of 4 tracks crossing so many genres that would be hardly filed only in the jazz label, it became an instant success and a recording appearing in most of the best-of-the-year lists. Summoning one of the best creative and pushing forward moments of the long-living band, it resulted a redefining footstep of how an unexpected epic narrative could be developed by a jazz artist. Looking back at the past, I personally felt like a bridge was made between my jazz and progressive rock listenings:… Continue reading

SKE – 1001 Autunni [Fading 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Nov 22, 2018 4

When Soft Machine unambiguously claimed there was ‘a music for the body and a music for the mind’ and they steered with no regret to the second, this resulted in being one of clearest statement a rock progressive musician could do. Ever since every progger knew which side to favor. This exploitation of the musical mind against the body shaking of the commercial music made the fortune of prog and it played a role in its decay. Even today, being linked to prog, or even being linked with the most orthodox and audacious wing of rock in opposition, sounds like a declaration… Continue reading