Joe Giardullo: Language Of Swans (2002)
Giardullo’s improvising trio, which includes bassist Chris Sullivan and drummer (and sometimes pianist) Michael Thompson, have made one of those recordings of quiet intensity that demand repeated play. Giardullo’s improvisational approach is easygoing, yet composed. Whether he picks up a flute or a saxophone, he exhibits a folksy sound. Remember, this is is the kind of improvised jazz where pretty isn’t supposed to carry the day. Nevertheless, his gentle approach has the power to elicit sheer joy.
He utilizes the full arsenal of weaponry and style. From the circular breathing alto saxophone of unflagging energy on “Migrations” to his rambling flute on “Early Spring,” Giardullo paints a consistent and coherent picture of a fully realized jazz master musician. His music combines his experience with Joe McPhee and the musical spirit of Evan Parker. Yet he stands alone, much like Eric Dolphy playing with a naive kind-hearted approach. Especially appealing are the bass clarinet tributes to Dolphy on “Fledge” and the title track. Behind the powerful acoustic bass of Sullivan, he brings his muffled instrument to a howl. This consistent and very diverse recording is all within the character of this very talented musician.
Track Listing: Rivers; Fledge; Early Spring; A Tear For The Missing; Migrations; The Language Of Swans; Black Swan.
Personnel: Joe Giardullo
Record Label: Drimala Records
Style: Modern Jazz