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Meadow: Blissful Ignorance

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Nel catalogo della artist label Edition Records, fondata nel 2008 dal pianista Dave Stapleton, questa proposta rappresenta sicuramente uno dei titoli di maggior interesse, essendo il trio Meadow costituito da tre musicisti affermati e di grande valore come il pianista John Taylor, il batterista Thomas Strønen e il sassofonista Tore Brunborg, che firma la maggior parte delle composizioni del CD e si candida pertanto a leader del trio.

L'ambiente ECM è richiamato non solo dai nomi dei musicisti, tutti ampiamente rappresentati tra i titoli dell'etichetta tedesca, ma anche dallo studio di registrazione impiegato e dall'ingegnere del suono (i Rainbow Studios di Oslo con Jan Erik Kongshaug), sempre coprotagonisti nella creazione artistica al pari dei musicisti. Fatalmente questo si riflette anche sulla musica, che potrebbe di fatto appartenere al catalogo dell'etichetta bavarese, il che non rappresenta assolutamente un difetto. Se il fattore sorpresa rimane basso, la qualità generale è molto alta: i tre dialogano costantemente tra loro (anche il contributo di Strønen alla batteria va ben oltre il semplice accompagnamento) in un interscambio continuo di idee, fecondo e intenso nonostante l'apparente rarefazione di molti passaggi.

Blissful Ignorance eè un disco che cresce con ripetuti ascolti, con gli incastri tra gli strumenti che si rivelano un po' per volta. Particolarmente riuscite l'iniziale "Badger" e "Meadow," più melodiche; da menzionare anche la conclusiva 'Ritual,' eterea composizione firmata dal pianista.


Track Listing: 01. Badger (Brunborg) - 5:28; 02. Blissful Ignorance (Brunborg) - 6:09; 03. Kristis Tårer (Brunborg) - 5:49; 04. Tunn Is (Brunborg) - 5:12; 05. Meadow (Brunborg) - 6;21; 06. Amentia (Taylor/Strønen) - 2:36; 07. Will (Strønen) - 5:13; 08. Reven (Brunborg) - 5:18; 09. Ritual (Taylor) - 6:07.

Personnel: Tore Brunborg (sassofono tenore e soprano); John Taylor (piano); Thomas Strønen (batteria).

Title: Blissful Ignorance | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Hollywood & Highland Summer Jazz Concert Series

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