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Jeff Cosgrove: Alternating Current

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Questo splendido lavoro vede due protagonisti dell'avanguardia attuale (il pianista Matthew Shipp e il batterista Jeff Cosgrove) in libero confronto collettivo assieme al contrabbassista William Parker, concreta connessione con le rivoluzioni musicali degli anni sessanta.
In particolare due eminenti figure di quella stagione si pongono come ideali riferenti per questa musica e sono i batteristi Paul Motian e Andrew Cyrille. Quest'ultimo ha intrattenuto relazioni con tutti loro, in differenti momenti e situazioni, mentre le composizioni del primo sono stato oggetto dell'apprezzato tributo di Cosgrove in The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah (Grizzley Music 2011).

Una di queste, "Victoria" è collocata a chiusura dell'album (è la prima volta che i due afro-americani affrontano un tema di Motian) mentre a Cyrille viene dedicato il secondo brano, "Alternating Current." Pur liberamente improvvisati i due pezzi si sviluppano in forma concisa e liricamente equilibrata rispetto al multiforme, magnetico e spesso tumultuoso "Bridges of Tomorrow," che si estende per quasi quaranta minuti.

L'esecuzione di "Victoria" è la più breve e più tradizionale: Matthew Shipp espone sinteticamente il nucleo tematico e vi ritorna più volte improvvisando mentre esalta la delicatezza del tema. Cosgrove e Motian operano liberamente in sottofondo privilegiando le sfumature timbriche.
"Alternating Current (For Andrew Cyrille)" inizia come un'intima folk ballad che si snoda nella singolare tensione tra la melodia del piano e il camerismo astratto del contrabbasso con archetto. Dopo pochi minuti il quadro si dissolve privilegiando un clima più teso, con i musicisti che si abbandonano a un libero confronto improvvisato.
Un astratto clima cameristico caratterizza anche "Bridges of Tomorrow" ma è solo l'avvio di un itinerario che introduce in quella trama lacerazioni profonde, in un alternanza di tensioni e distensioni dove si confrontano solari aperture tematiche a magmatiche sequenze vicine al free storico. Un confronto non facile ma affascinante e ricco di continue sorprese, dove i colori e le situazioni espressive si compenetrano in una sintesi coerente.

Track Listing: Bridges Of Tomorrow; Alternating Current (For Andrew Cyrille); Victoria.

Personnel: Jeff Cosgrove: drums; Matthew Shipp: piano; William Parker: bass.

Title: Alternating Current | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced

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