Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Dancin' Roots (2005)
Accordionist Fausto Beccalossi's lyric-less vocals provide yet another dimension to the band's makeover. And besides episodes where Guiducci and Byron engage in torrid soloing ventures, an air of European romance permeates the preponderance of this gorgeously arranged program. They morph an mood of optimism with periods of lament and solstice, while often generating matters into fiery climactic opuses tinged with wistful motifs. The musicians implement a slight shift in strategy on "Irony, featuring drummer Roberto Dani's punctual backbeats, setting the stage for the soloists' introspective explorations.
Overall, Guiducci's distinct musical presence shines rather luminously throughout this upbeat and tremendously entertaining session.
Track Listing: 1. Maestro di sogni (intro) 0.50; 2. Gramelot Dance 07.11; 3. Canzone per Miranda 06.52; 4. La Tur al Sucar 06.52; 5. Chorale n. 2 07.26; 6. Come dici 6.49; 7. Irony 07.43; 8. Blanc 04.35; 9. Nedah 07.15; 10. Maestro di sogni 04.16.
Personnel: Simone Guiducci: acoustic guitar; Fausto Beccalossi: accordeon; Ralph Alessi: trumpet; Achille Succi: clarinet, bass clarinet; Don Byron: clarinet; Roberto Dani: drums, percussion; Salvatore Maiore: acoustic bass; Andy Milne: piano (track 5).
Record Label: Felmay
Style: Modern Jazz