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Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce: Complicated Day

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Roy Nathanson, Curtis Fowlkes, Sam Bardfeld... Non sono i The Jazz Passengers, peraltro recentemente "Reunited," ma poco ci manca. Sono i Sotto Voce, band di cui Roy Nathanson è unico leader, e che si muove su territori simili a quelli dei Jazz Passengers ma con maggiore enfasi sull'orecchiabilità, sulle voci, sulla parola (tutti i brani dell'album sono cantati).

L'approccio è quello consueto di Nathanson, che alterna composizioni originali a cover imprevedibili ("I Can See Clearly Now" di Johnny Cash), istrionismo clownesco a sottigliezze musicali di delicatissima fattura, solidissime orchestrazioni ad eccessi e divagazioni. La leadership di Nathanson è forte, e il risultato è un album godibilissimo, suonato molto bene e sicuramente poco usuale, sebbene a volte fin troppo compiaciuto nella sua impertinenza. Nathanson ricorda infatti quei bambini che, pur consapevoli di fare qualcosa che non si dovrebbe fare, si divertono a compiere marachelle perché, appunto, è divertente.

Ma, non a caso, i momenti migliori dell'album sono quelli in cui il ruolo di leading vocal è svolto da Curtis Fowlkes ("Simon" e "Complicated Day"). Con la sua ironia sorniona, con il suo sguardo disincantato, il trombonista stempera la corrosività di Nathanson, trasformandola in uno sguardo affettuoso, caldo e coinvolgente.

Track Listing: 1. Simon; 2. Do Your Thing (Isaac Hayes); 3. Complicated Day; 4. No Storytelling; 5. The Nettle Tree; 6. On a Slow Boat to China (Frank Loesser); 7. World of Fire; 8. And; 9. I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash); 10. Nettle Song.
Tutte le composizioni sono di Roy Nathanson, tranne dove altrimenti indicato.

Personnel: Roy Nathanson: sassofoni, voce; Sam Bardfeld: violino, voce; Jerome Harris: chitarra, voce; Curtis Fowlkes: trombone, voce; Tim Kiah: basso, voce; Napoleon Maddox: voce; Gerald Stern: voce narrante; Gabriel Nathanson: tromba, voce.

Title: Complicated Day | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: ENJA - Yellowbird

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