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Joe Barbieri, Niente Di Grave (Nothing Serious) ****

From Tratto da Una Storia Vera ('Based on a True Story') ‘Niente Di Grave’ ('Nothing Serious') is the second single from the album by Italian jazz singer-songwriter Joe Barbieri. And this one features the great cellist from Brazil, Jaques …

Published: 2 Jul 2021. Updated: 21 days.

From Tratto da Una Storia Vera ('Based on a True Story') ‘Niente Di Grave’ ('Nothing Serious') is the second single from the album by Italian jazz singer-songwriter Joe Barbieri. And this one features the great cellist from Brazil, Jaques Morelenbaum. Barbieri describes ’Niente Di Grave’ as ''a liturgy, an inner lament in a desperate attempt to exorcise that piece of the soul that perhaps will never find a solution”. Lush and romantic it's more upbeat and sensuous than that description suggests, the title gives a clue however. Morelenbaum's gorgeous tone flung against the softly sung lyrics and purring samba beat comes over like ambrosia and proves an immaculate match for Barbieri's tender, highly persuasive, tones. SG. Joe Barbieri, top. Out on Must Have Jazz via Membran

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Matt Clark and Darren Beckett, Room One (The Spur Of The Moment) ****

Clark's shoes leave footprints all over Brighton Electric. Bit more than a demo! And yet it is the speaking voice and more significantly powerful playing persona of a Beckett, no Endgame at all this time, Darren. You just want to improvise? Like…

Published: 2 Jul 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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Clark's shoes leave footprints all over Brighton Electric. Bit more than a demo! And yet it is the speaking voice and more significantly powerful playing persona of a Beckett, no Endgame at all this time, Darren. You just want to improvise? Like… he wonders you hear first on 'Room One (The Spur Of The Moment)'. Beckett is pretty staggering overall on Brighton Electric, and he's not at all or even rocking out as he did with Brandon Flowers. Just three tracks put out digitally-only but pretty jaw-dropping overall nonetheless the whole shebang opens with 'Holmes' Return' (let's imagine it's Holmes as in David) but hey whatever, this one is very good too so 'Room One' is certainly no fluke although 'End (Of The American Dream)' is more basic.

Darren Beckett, a jazz drummer by training and discipline, was on Brandon Flowers' The Desired Effect (2015) on this beautiful song 'The Way It's Always Been' also playing vibes on the same album's 'Still Want You'

An ''everybody sitting around waiting for the sun to come again'' instrumental duo in a very different respect given the idiom but not the way the pandemic has made panhandlers of musicians (Beckettian again of another kind) practically everywhere with guitarist Matt Clark (timbrally persuasive and succinct in the way he has with time) who is convincing 'Room One (The Spur of the Moment)' displays incredible rapport and is fundamentally bluesy. Clark, who certainly needs to be more widely known, also put out trio record One From Brooklyn earlier in the year again with Beckett agile and snug from his insoles up. SG