Joe Giardullo & Sangeeta Michael Berardi: Art Spirit (2002)
A major source of interest with this release is based upon the duo’s lilting blend of electro-acoustic fireworks, where Giardullo uses an arsenal of reeds to complement Berardi’s space-rock guitar work. On “Pietrasanta," the duo renders an ethereal, middle eastern hued motif with hazy dreamscapes. Here, it’s almost as if time is irrelevant, as they propagate an effect that invalidates your psyche. Other tracks feature avant-garde explorations, improvisational excursions, and vamps that might suggest a meeting between Albert Ayler and Jimi Hendrix.
The twosome engages in a sequence of tone-shaping exercises. With “Bilbao Curve,” Giardullo’s plaintive cries are augmented by a series of shrieks and howls while Berardi’s dark-toned electric musings are rooted within the lower registers. On the other hand, the music contained within might serve as a good antidote for listlessness or general malaise. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Blisterioso 2.Music House 3.Pietrasanta 4.Aspectations 5.Art spirit 6.Touched 7.Bilbao Curve 8.Spirit Window
Personnel: Joe Giardullo: alto & soprano saxophones
Record Label: Boxholder Records
Style: Modern Jazz