Alberto Braida / Lisle Ellis / Fabrizio Spera: Di Terra (2006)
The album offers twelve songs, all improvisations and most in the four to five-minute range. The titles are cryptic and vaguely sly: "What We Eat," "Future Whom," "Wake Up and Have an Appetite," Like the titles, there's something refreshingly unpredictable about Di Terra's musicit never goes quite where you expect it to. On "Prime Cose Che Vedi," for example, Braida has moments of lyrical lightness that quickly invert into their opposite; "Iya," which features beautiful bowing by Ellis, has interesting percussive twists by Spera and more upside-down runs by Braida.
When the trio plays full-on, it can sound enormous, but when one or more of the musicians step out, they can be quite spare. Some songs are opaque and subtle, like conversational shorthand, others are dissonant and wildly passionate, and many encompass both colors. All the musicians are strong, particuarly Ellis, with his fluid strength and inventive fingering, making Di Terra a cross-cultural trio worth a listen.
Track Listing: Right Out of Earth; What We Eat; Prime Cose Che Vedi; Iya; Super Contact (This is for Radio Canal Revelation); Passi (Sedimental Traveller); Djinn; Sif; Casa Terra; Reg; Wake Up and Have an Appetite; Future Whom.
Personnel: Alberto Braida: piano; Lisle Ellis: bass; Fabrizio Spera; drums.
Record Label: Nu Bop
Style: Modern Jazz