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Giorgio Gaslini - Globo Quartet: Ballets

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Ballets is the latest work from Italian composer-pianist Giorgio Gaslini and his Globo Quartet. The 45 minute, “Carmen Graffiti - Ballet In Thirteen Scenes” captures the visual aspects of dance via the individual instrumentalist’s who perhaps portray the art of ballet dancing whether performing in structured unison lines, choruses or taken as a whole. Make no mistake, this is jazz and it’s lovely from start to finish! Gaslini’s extended compositions feature distinct melodies yet are often subtlety stated amid various textures or layers. Here, vibraphonist Daniele Di Gregorio along with Gaslini perform as the lead soloists and take us through an at times kaleidoscopic exploration of movements which effectively and imaginatively capture the flight of dance! The themes are often constructed in vertical and circular fashion, which imply movement or action. “Carmen Graffiti - Ballet In Thirteen Scenes” boasts many fine motifs along with wonderful group interplay yet runs a bit long at 45 minutes partially due to an emerging sense of predictability which becomes evident as the piece evolves. “Dodici Minuti All’ Alba – Ballet For A Single Dancer -” clocks in at 12 minutes as Gaslini utilizes String and Woodwind Quartets. On this composition Gaslini performs eloquently on piano and at times becomes bold and adventurous with left of center phrasing and odd-metered voicings against the humming string section. No doubt, Gaslini is a consummate pro as Ballets is congenial, thoroughly invigorating and features tight, sharp-witted ensemble work. This recording should enjoy widespread appeal within modern jazz circles. * * * 1/2

Title: Ballets | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Soul Note

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