Adding a cello to the sound of a jazz piano trio might not necessarily be the most obvious option available even to the most enterprisingly imaginative bandleader. It’s a route nonetheless Maurizio Minardi, whose latest album Piano Ambulance (Belfagor label) is released in early-2015, has chosen to take.
And he might just be on to something. Joined by double bassist Nick Pini, drummer Jason Reeve, and cellist Shirley Smart of the Melange Collective, the Calabria-born pianist recorded the self-composed album in a London studio in April this year. Minardi’s is a warm expressive sound that inhabits musical territory mapped out beyond jazz in the realms of classical music and film music respectively by Ludivico Einaudi and Ennio Morricone, an elegant fashioning of generous melodic hooks melting into expansive open-ended ornate work-outs with his band.
‘Seven Sisters’, the last but one track of Piano Ambulance, is above
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- Published: Thu 27th Nov 2014 12:21:55
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for April’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
David Sanborn, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Gwilym Simcock, The Necks, Ruby Turner, James Taylor Quartet, Women Make Music, Loose Tubes, Andy Sheppard, Beats & Pieces, The Cookers, and a 50th anniversary Under Milk Wood concert with Bobby Wellins are included in the line-up. More details are here.
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- Published: Thu 27th Nov 2014 16:51:23
Live recordings of improvisations made in Cork, Dingle, Dublin, Galway, and Sligo, among a number of places in Ireland, during 2012 and 2013, the work of Seán Mac Erlaine who melts electronic textures into his expansive acoustic woodwind sounds to intuitive effect.
The resemblances to the approach of Nordic jazz, for instance the work of trumpeter Arve Henriksen, or beyond and the solo records of John Surman, might be felt by some listening to this as approximate points of comparison. Yet Mac Erlaine seems to be carving out his own highly inflected musical territory here out of choice raw materials. ‘All Sung a Slender Song,’ which partly lends the album its title, has a lonesome Garbarek quality to it, saxophone against gentle sound shadow washes, slices of after-notes, faint echoes here and there and distant hints as potent as the dominant lead line. Subtle and nuanced, the electronics, often a distant burbling stream on the periphery, provide life and motion somehow, and Mac Erlaine’s vision has an abstract experimental quality to it gently winkling out little phrases from obstinate shells and hidden places. Ten tracks in all, a quite beautiful album that deserves wide exposure adding to Mac Erlaine’s already burgeoning reputation begun with Long After the Music Is Gone. SG
Seán Mac Erlaine, above
Out now on vinyl, and to download
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- Published: Thu 27th Nov 2014 14:25:43