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Franco D'Andrea: Traditions And Clusters (2012)

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It is a satisfying musical experience when a performance can deliver traditional jazz without the music being reduced to orthodoxy. Such is the resonance of Franco DAndrea's sound.

The seventy-something Italian pianist follows Soprais (El Gallo Rojo, 2011), with his long-established quartet, by adding the early jazz instruments of clarinet and trombone, played respectively by Daniele D'Argaro and Mauro Ottolini. On the live Traditions And Clusters he also invites his contemporary , drummer Han Bennink
Han Bennink
Han Bennink
b.1942
drums
, to sit in on two tracks.

With Bennink in the house, the music skates, skips, and glides between what was once the new thing (circa 1920) to the new thing, without becoming estranged. The opener, clocking in at 24 minutes boils "I've Found A New Baby" (made famous by Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
's Orchestra) before segueing into Lennie Tristano
Lennie Tristano
Lennie Tristano
1919 - 1978
piano
's "Turkish Mambo," and then George Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin
1898 - 1937
composer/conductor
's "Strawberries." Decorated by clarinet and trombone, the conventional gets a kick in the backside. Same for Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
's standard "Caravan," that is referred to as context, but not as a limiter on D'Andrea's examinations.

These are not neocons faithfully reproducing a bygone era, but prospectors mining the past for modern innovation. D'Andrea, like Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
before him, begins in the jazz tradition, but twists the sound to make it his own. The Clusters referred to in the title are group improvisations by his quartet that are takeoffs on D'Andrea originals or a song penned by Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
1915 - 1967
piano
. Drummer Zeno De Rossi (perhaps the modern heir to the Bennink sound) replaces Bennink and saxophonist Andrea Ayassot and bassist Aldo Mella remain a stable improvising component to D'Andrea's quartet.

The second disc finds the D'Andrea Quartet expanded to a sextet with D'Agaro and Ottolini. The band once again mines Ellington Strayhorn, and Tristano, as well as touches of Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
and Misha Mengelberg
Misha Mengelberg
Misha Mengelberg
b.1935
piano
. The delicate dance, push and pull between traditional jazz and the abstraction of free music get a crowd-pleasing workout here.

Track Listing: CD1: I’ve Found A New Baby/Turkish Mambo/Strawberries; Clusters N.1 /Monodic; Clusters N.2/Half Of The Fun; Clusters N. 3; Caravan; CD2: March; Vis Libera; A4 + M2; Turkish Mambo/Half The Fun; M3/Caravan; Into the Mystery; Old Time Blues.

Personnel: Franco D’Andrea: piano; Daniele D’Agaro: clarinet; Mauro Ottolini: trombone; Andrea Ayassot: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Aldo Mella: double bass; Zeno De Rossi: drums; Han Bennink: snare drum (CD1#1, CD1#5).

Record Label: El Gallo Rojo Records


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