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Matteo Bortone Trio: ClarOscuro

Vincenzo Roggero By

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Abbandonati (per il momento?) gli amati Travelers—il quartetto italo-francese che lo ha portato agli onori della cronaca come leader con due ottimi dischi—Matteo Bortone si cimenta nella sempre difficile impresa del piano trio, affrontato nella triplice veste di leader, contrabbassista e compositore (i rimandi storici sono da far tremare i polsi!). Anche in questo lavoro il viaggio continua, attraversando luoghi, suscitando sorprese, evocando paesaggi sonori differenziati accomunati da un che di misterioso. Perché il trio preferisce sottendere piuttosto che rimarcare, lasciando ampi spazi alla percezione e all'immaginazione personale.

E questo non solo in ”Floating” e ”Grotesque”, gli unici brani sotto i tre minuti—una onirica esplorazione timbrica il primo, surreale e garbatamente inquietante il secondo—ma anche nei pezzi più strutturati. ”Know Yourself”, per esempio, si sviluppa per buona parte come intimistica ballad, salvo poi aprirsi in maniera impercettibile verso territori di maggior libertà sollecitati dal contrabbasso, sostenuti dalle coloriture della batteria e caratterizzati dal girovagare del pianoforte. O come in ”Warmhole”, brano che sembra raccontare contemporaneamente storie diverse tanti sono i punti focali che si possono percepire.

Non mancano episodi dichiaratamente sperimentali—”Concretation Part 1”—, né ritmicamente esuberanti—”Gloom” e ”Manimoto” per citarne alcuni—tutti risolti con grande attenzione agli equilibri tra scrittura e improvvisazione. In ClarOscuro tre forti personalità si fondono meravigliosamente convogliando le rispettive creatività in una sorta di camera oscura nella quale poco a poco affiorano particolari, emergono dettagli, prendono forma prospettive, fino allo svelarsi definitivo di un'immagine di profonda bellezza.

CD della settimana.

Track Listing: Floating; Manimoto; Blimunda; Know Yourself; Diablos; B & B; Wormhole; Concretion Part 1; Concretion Part 2; Gloom; Grotesque; Olvidao #2.

Personnel: Enrico Zanisi: piano; Matteo Bortone: bass, prepared bass; carillon; Stefano Tamborrino: drums.

Title: ClarOscuro | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: CAM Jazz

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