Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
239

Carla Marciano: Change Of Mood

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count Views
Carla Marciano: Change Of Mood On Change of Mood, her third release for the Black Saint label, Italian saxophonist Carla Marciano displays her aggressive alto and sopranino playing on an all original set of straight-ahead blowing, featuring the swinging rhythm section of pianist Alessandro La Corte, bassist Aldo Vigorito and drummer Gaetano Fasano. The native of Salerno, Italy bares her musical soul with the same level of heartfelt passion displayed on her previous release, A Strange Day (Black Saint, 2006).

With a tone that is boisterous and dry, Marciano cuts through the raucous 6/8 groove of "Hypnotic Touch" with a jagged, Coltranesque edge. The title cut, a light-as-air waltz with hints of Wayne Shorter, reveals the saxophonist's more lyrical tendencies, all the while maintaining her fiery edge.

The disc's eight tracks, all composed by Marciano, contain many memorable moments, including the Latin-to-swing transitions on "Unaware," the breathy, unaccompanied alto intro to "Padgorica Bridge," and the relaxed saxophone/bass duet on "Red Blossom."

Marciano's bandmates are all first-rate. La Corte pounds out clustery block-chords and cascading lines with intensity and grace. Vigorito manages to steer the music on course with swinging, punchy bass lines and soulful solos. Fasano's drum rumblings and crisp cymbal work is articulated with dynamic sensibilities.

With well-conceived writing and no-nonsense blowing, Change of Mood is a captivating listen. Marciano fans the flames of hard-bop with honesty and integrity.


Track Listing: Hypnotic Touch; Change Of Mood; In Front of My Eyes; Unaware; Podgorica Bridge; Blues at 2 PM; Sunday Morning; Red Blossom.

Personnel: Carla Marciano: alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone; Alessandro La Corte: piano; Aldo Vigorito: bass; Gaetano Fasano: drums.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Black Saint | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
Journey into Jazz
Read more articles
STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
STREAM OF...
Black Saint
2012
buy
[no cover]
LuccaJazz Donna -...
WATT Works
2011
buy
Change Of Mood
Change Of Mood
Black Saint
2008
buy
A Strange Day
A Strange Day
Black Saint
2006
buy

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.