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Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day IV

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Giunto al quarto capitolo della serie, il quintetto del batterista /compositore Harris Eisenstadt denominato Canada Day si conferma formazione di assoluto valore, forte di un sound personale e ben definito, dotato di grande pulizia e precisione, dalla chiara progettualità. Ci tornano alla memoria certi combo degli anni cinquanta orbitanti nella galassia del cosiddetto "Cool Jazz," da quelli stilisticamente più ortodossi a quelle frange del movimento maggiormente sperimentali e in qualche modo premonitrici dell'avvento della rivoluzione free.

Meticolosa attenzione al suono, particolare cura negli arrangiamenti, organizzazione cronometriche dei movimenti da una parte, assoli spesso avventurosi, improvvisazioni con un che di selvaggio dall'altra, oltre alle continue scomposizioni dell'organico in sottogruppi, assicurano una indovinato mix di forma e libertà, di riferimenti al passato e sguardo al futuro.

In gran forma tutti i musicisti. Pascal Niggenkemper possiede una sonorità meravigliosa e fantasia da vendere, il sax tenore di Matt Bauder cavalca le melodie con l'aplomb dei classici e la sfrontatezza di chi è avvezzo a superare i confini della tonalità. Chris Dingman espande il ruolo del vibrafono a generatore di impulsi ed Eisenstadt lavora piatti e tamburi con la precisione di un chirurgo e i colori di una tavolozza. Ma è la tromba di Nate Wooley a colpire maggiormente per l'ampia gamma di sfumature che dispensa, per la scioltezza nei cambi di registro, per il modo di porre le frasi tra lirismo e astrazione.

Track Listing: After Several Snowstorms; Sometimes It's Hard to Get Dressed in the Morning; Let's Say It Comes in Waves; Life's Hurtling Passage Onward; What Can Be Set to the Side; What's Equal to What; Melio Melo.

Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet; Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone; Chris Dingman: vibraphone; Pascal Niggenkemper: bass; Harris Eisenstadt: drums, compositions.

Title: Canada Day IV | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Songlines Recordings

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