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Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura, Ikue Mori: Aspiration

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Quattro pezzi di Satoko Fujii, uno di Natsuki Tamura e un'improvvisazione collettiva compongono questo album, riferibile in primo luogo alla pianista, ma che prosegue al tempo stesso la serie di produzioni discografiche della coppia Fujii/Tamura (che come molti sapranno sono moglie e marito), in questi ultimi anni particolarmente trafficata, con esiti non sempre all'altezza di quanto si ascolta qui, dove la presenza di Wadada Leo Smith gioca certo un ruolo non secondario nella riuscita del lavoro, un'ora abbondante di musica in cui si alternano segmenti della più varia natura: generose sequenze solitarie, anche consecutive, duetti (a iniziare dalle trombe, che appunto in coppia aprono il disco) e ovviamente momenti a ranghi compatti (a conti fatti rari, peraltro).

Il risultato è una sorta di free da camera, in genere quieto, cogitabondo, anche antigrazioso (specie in Tamura, more solito), ma non per questo privo di salutari impennate, coloriture più nette, dense, con l'elettronica, manipolata da Ikue Mori, a giocare un ruolo per così dire straniante, di ampliamento del ventaglio spazio-temporale.

Non tutto è memorabile, ovviamente, ma gli spunti degni di nota sono senz'altro prevalenti, tracciando i contorni di una proposta che nella non ovvietà trova l'opportuna quadratura del cerchio nella sua volontà/capacità di evitare le secche dell'accidentato/elusivo a tutti i costi. Quasi che si trattasse di una conditio sine qua non. Il che, ovviamente, non è.

Track Listing: Intent; Liberation; Floating; Aspiration; Evolution; Stillness.

Personnel: Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet; Natsuki Tamura: trumpet; Satoko Fujii: piano; Ikue Mori: electronics.

Title: Aspiration | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Libra Records

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