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Michael Musillami, Rich Syracuse: Bird Calls

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Sofisticato lavoro in duo sulla musica di Charles Mingus, certo tra le più feconde dell'intero patrimonio del jazz, ad opera di due esperti musicisti: il chitarrista Michael Musillami,e il contrabbassista di lungo corso Rich Syracuse.

Bird Calls è il loro secondo lavoro nella formazione minima —il precedente, of the Night, era dedicato alla musica di Wayne Shorter —cosa che ha permesso loro di sviluppare un fortissimo affiatamento, strumento essenziale per la riuscita di questa che può ben essere definita una sorta di esplorazione nella musica di Mingus, attraverso alcune delle sue composizioni più note, come ”Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” o ”Duke Ellinton's Sound of Love”, e altre meno celebrate.

La modalità in cui i due affrontano i brani mingusiani è al tempo stesso semplice e non banale: perlopiù giocando con la melodia del pezzo traendone fuori e valorizzando le componenti ritmiche (si ascolti per esempio la seconda parte di ”Boogie Stop Shuffle”), oppure sviluppandone raffinate variazioni (e qui il rinvio è a ”Nostalgia in Times Square” e ”Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”).

Ciascun brano è comunque tanto delizioso, grazie alla raffinatezza dei suoni e alla bellezza del dialogo, quanto intrigante e imprevedibile, per l'originalità e l'intreccio delle improvvisazioni. Lavoro immediato e gustoso.

Track Listing: Opus 3; Bird Calls; Free Cell Block F, ‘tis Nazi Usa; Nostalgia in Times Square; Boogie Stop Shuffle; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Carolyn Kiki Mingus; Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love.

Personnel: Michael Musillami: guitar; Rich Syracuse: bass.

Title: Bird Calls | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings

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