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Chie Imaizumi: A Time of New Beginnings

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Dal natio Giappone alla Berklee School of Music: è la via di Chie Umaizumi, compositrice, direttrice ed arrangiatrice, alla guida di un gruppo "tutte stelle," che con A Time of New Beginnings arriva al suo secondo album (dopo Unfailing Kindness sempre per la Capri Records) nella nuova patria. Il suo è un mainstream che si fa ascoltare volentieri, ricco di atmosfere moderne e di immediata presa, e nobilitato dagli interventi di solisti di classe assoluta.

Il disco comincia con "My Heartfelt Gratitude," un brano molto delicato che evoca la nostalgia di chi vive lontano dal proprio paese, ben resa dal pianoforte di Tamir Hendelman. A seguire, "Information Overload" in cui è Randy Brecker a prendere l'iniziativa e affascinare l'ascoltatore. Momenti malinconici ("Fear of the Unknown" con il bassista John Clayton in bella evidenza) si alternano ad altri più gioiose che funzionerebbero benissimo in una colonna sonora. La scaletta si chiude con "Fun & Stupid Song," composizione dalla melodia accattivante ed un assolo molto lirico di Scott Robinson al sax sopranino.

La perfetta integrazione di solisti e composizioni, quasi avessero aspettato da tempo le partiture della Imaizumi, è una sorpresa che funziona per l'intero album.

La Imaizumi ha una sua idea personale di quello che intende trasmettere con la sua musica, ben diversa da quella di colleghe come Carla Bley o Maria Schneider, ma, come loro, ha le qualità per fare rendere al massimo la band ed i musicisti scelti per interpretare la sua musica.

Senza momenti a vuoto e con temi che in qualche modo sembrano arrivare da una memoria jazzistica collettiva, A Time of New Beginnings ha il raro dono di essere un album allo stesso tempo molto complesso e ma facile da ascoltare.


Track Listing: 01. My Heartfelt Gratitude - 4:11; 02. Information Overload - 7:23; 03. Fear of the Unknown - 7:25; 04. A Time of New Beginnings - 8:42; 05. Run for Your Life - 7:00; 06. Today - 5:52; 07. Sharing the Freedom - 7:41; 08. Many Happy Days Ahead - 8:41; 09. Fun & Stupid Song - 6:23.

Personnel: Randy Brecker (tromba 2); Greg Gisbert (tromba, flicorno); Terell Stafford (tromba, flicorno); Steve Wilson (sax alto, soprano, flauto); Scott Robinson (sax tenore, soprano, sopranino, clarinetto, flauto); Steve Davis (trombone); Gary Smulyan (sax baritono, clarinetto basso); Mike Abbott (chitarra); Tamir Hendelman (piano); John Clayton (contrabbasso); Jeff Hamilton (batteria 1,3,4,5,6,8,9); Paul Romaine (batteria 2,7,9).

Title: A Time of New Beginnings | Year Released: 2011

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