Markus Reuter – String Quartet No.1 ‘Heartland’, Matangi Quartet [Solaire Records 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Apr 16, 2019 0

INTERVIEW March 2019 – I just remembered that when I started composing last summer, a friend asked what kind of techniques I am using. I tried to explain. I remembered a game child play. It’s like a moving part on a world, like you have a complex music composition here on the bottom, but on top there’s a shape moving, which allows to see only some things. This is actually how Heartland was composed. It’s like a shape with holes that moved on top of a colored surface.

Luca Sguera – AKA [Auand 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 24, 2019 0

AKA is a work that shows a clear intention, a deep and layered sound and a incredibly developed approach at interplay. Mixing the languages of the 60s free jazz together with the contemporary, the quartet holds a very distinctive approach. The title is inspired by the words of Simha Arom in regards the African population: AKA’s music is collective and everybody joins it; roles are not divided according to a specific hierarchy; everyone seems to enjoy freedom; voices grow in every direction. The researcher, who inspired among the others composers like Steve Reich and Luciano Berio, was a source for the collective approach… Continue reading

David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger [ECM 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 7, 2019 0

David Torn and sax player Tim Berne about their upcoming ECM release, in a trio completed by drummer Ches Smith, as they both mentioned a feeling of being outside of their comfort zones as the fertile ground for this recording, similarly to what Miles wanted (who really knows?) to do with his musicians. This ground fertilizes a mixture of alien guitar loops, wails by the alto sax and percussion soundscapes that swirl in prolonged and hypnotic improvisations. Sun of Goldfinger is an artwork of outside playing, where outside has no connection with harmonic concepts, but, instead, hints at creating a zone of discomfort, capable… Continue reading

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