Gravitones plus Sounding Brass: Gravitones plus Sounding Brass (2003)
The next track continues the foray into the realm of melodic intensity. Pallesen engages a bright harmonic luminosity, using the upper strings of the guitar to give more depth. Forti cleaves in seamlessly on the clarinet. Both these tunes work very well in terms of cohesion and even when they blow into freer territory, there is a sense of continuity and structure.
Structure and freedom can make good bedfellows if there is a thread that connects the two. The Gravitones construct this bridge when they push the parameters and bristle with energy. But they are also disposed to deconstruct and sprinkle particles of sound that fall like wisps into nothingness. “Statico” opens with linear melodic statements from Forti that dissipate into noodlings on the clarinet and “Empty-Fridge” is vapid chamber music when the yaw of the musical saw is not in play.
“Brasserie-Cycle” is a short and sweet sonic delight. It is the final outing, “B.O.A.M.O.S.M.” that gets a highly charged groove. On this a song of many colorsfolk, bebop and some New Orleans stylingsForti sings and scats with abandon, the music coils and attacks in the pulsating sweep of the brass, improvisation resonates with inspired perception. In sum, a great shuddering climax.
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Track Listing: (cat)atonic; (dog)ma(thematic); intra-mondano-montabile; street(to); statico; empty-fridge; brasserie- cycle; t (40) one; b.o.a.m.o.s.m.
Personnel: Gravitones: (Tracks 1-6, 8 & 9) Augusto Forti
Record Label: for T