is one enjoyable morsel drawn from what has become a very broad Italian jazz landscape. Trombonist Gianluca Petrella, who routinely plays with trumpeter Enrico Rava's internationally known band, has assembled a quartet that includes bassist Paolino Dalla Porta, the young and sizzling drummer Fabio Accardi, reedman Francesco Bearzatti, and the judicious use of what amounts to a fifth member: live electronics and samples. The result is a creative excursion through Monk, Ellington and original pieces.
Whatever label you want to apply to Indigo4
, it must reflect the bright quirkiness with which Petrella infuses each of these tracks. Among the features that unite to make this a fun-filled session are quick tempo changes that both Dalla Porta and Accardi effortlessly fire off, a use of electronics that doesn't overshadow the acoustic playing, and the synergy between Petrella's t-bone and Bearzatti's reeds.
Smack dab in the middle is Ellington's "Mood Indigo, which begins free, with barely a waft of the original, until a tempo change allows the melody to break through. Petrella's trombone is deliciously vocal and Bearzatti is a wild man on clarinet, turning this classic inside out.
The originals are most daring and range from "The Middleman, an electrified trombone/drum duet, to the soulful bone/tenor exploration of "Sacred Whale and the superbly bass-led opus "Stockholm 64. Monk is reborn through a remix treatment of his "Trinkle, Tinkle," Duke's "I Got it Bad is morphed into a bass/bone tease, and things close out as all go in search of Sun Ra, finding him surprisingly in "A Relaxing Place on Venus.
Personnel: Gianluca Petrella: trombone, live electronics, samples; Francesco Bearzatti: tenor sax, clarinet; Paolino Dalla Porta: bass; Fabio Accardi: drums.