Category: fusion

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

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

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

Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi May 26, 2018 0

When in September 2012 Steve Vai showed up on Guitar World‘s cover along with emerging shredder Tosin Abasi, it seemed like he was trying to bring some fresh air. After the golden era of the ’80s and’ 90s, the electric guitar had – according to few- lost its charm, had less appeal on new generations, despite the explosion of many shredders on YouTube, it was – arguably- less innovative than the past. Yet the Italo-American shaman had no doubts: guitar would have been the instrument of the future. When listening to Mark Wingfield‘s Tales from the Dreaming City it is easy to… Continue reading

Spirit Fingers – Spirit Fingers [Shananachie 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Mar 20, 2018 0

English version Uno dei video più famosi della pop-band OK Go, The One Moment, ci fa vedere un’esplosione lenta e continua di milioni colori, tra vernice che vola, vetri spaccati, brillantini che coprono ogni angolo dello schermo per tutta la durata della clip. In realtà sono 4.2 secondi di girato rallentati in slow motion, tanto da durare in totale più 4 minuti, ma il gioco del ritmo cinematografico investe lo spettatore con un senso di meraviglia, di un’esplosione di mille emozioni in un tempo sospeso. La stessa sensazione, stavolta nell’ascolto, é nell’album omonimo degli Spirit Fingers. Layers di metriche minimaliste… Continue reading

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis – Lighthouse [MoonJune 2017]

By Marcello Nardi Oct 29, 2017 1

“Nell’improvvisazione di gruppo si viene a creare un’intimità che richiede, man a mano che si sviluppa, una specie di resa” Derek Bailey, Improvisation Derek Bailey utilizza la parola resa per spiegare cosa succede all’interno di quella tribù temporanea, che é un gruppo di musicisti che suonano senza uno spartito davanti, quando un musicista interagisce con gli altri. Ogni musicista lascia andare una parte di sè, lascia uno spazio agli altri/al tutto e permette, quasi seguendo una convenzione sociale, di creare l’ordine superiore della magia dell’improvvisazione. Rileggendo queste parole ed ascoltando Lighthouse allo stesso tempo ho il problema di capire esattamente… Continue reading