Andrea Buffa: 30 Years Island (2012)
With lots of dips, spikes, and groove-based movements, the quartet acutely intersperses Mediterranean folk into the grand schema amid the frothy pulses and whimsical interludes. Indeed, Buffa and Dato are strong foils, working through a hodgepodge of theme-building exercises. This is evident on the intense and up-tempo "Jo Jo (Dow Land)," where the pungent sax and clarinet tradeoffs propose an abundance of beguiling persuasions.
Often tumultuous and straddling the avant-garde spectrum, the band burns through angst-ridden patterns, the members interrogating each other through the improvisational medium. But they lighten the load with a few unconventional nuances on "Soft Memory (Rue L'Ostorion)," as the frontline injects off-kilter deviations and odd-metered voicings into the mix.
From a free-form standpoint, the musicians do not forsake melody, which is an appeasing proposition that offsets the blistering pulses and oscillating horn-initiated detours. And while the artists frequently accelerate matters into tenth gear with high-impact unison choruses and numerous reenergizing sequences, they impart a soulful muse into the briskly moving parts. What they create is a manifold program, brimming with polyrhythmic reconstructions in concert with an extensive musical plane that bears a confederation of gratifying outcomes.
Track Listing: Sing The Lifeguards On The Beach (Beach); Jo Jo (Land); Teimoso (Tanga City); Soft Memory (Rue L'Ostorion); Barley Coffee For Hamlet (Elsinor); Tranzione (Scilla E Cardiddi); Toutes Les Clarinettes En France (Sur Loire); S.P. Shuttle (Mobile Launcher Platform); Don Carlotte (Manze); Serpent's Thought (Apple Field).
Personnel: Andrea Buffa: alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Carlo Actis Dato: tenor and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet; Fiorenzo Bodrato: double bass, cello; Dario Mazzucco: drums.
Record Label: Leo Records