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John Vanore & Abstract Truth: Contagious Words

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Impegnativa la scelta di John Vanore di chiamare il suo ensemble Abstract Truth. Il pensiero non può non andare a The Blues and the Abstract Truth, il capolavoro di Oliver Nelson e allora... beh, è meglio lasciar perdere. Nelle intenzioni di Vanore Contagious Words doveva essere una sorta di album fotografico nel quale raccogliere le storie e le esperienze che ne hanno costellato la carriera.

In effetti, il CD presenta diversi tipi di atmosfera, spazia tra diverse situazioni musicali ma... manca di spina dorsale, la musica si sviluppa solo per linee orizzontali, non c'è verticalità e quindi profondità. L'attenzione alle sonorità e agli impasti timbrici cercata dal leader risulta sfocata perché il contrasto tra le sezioni è appiattito su di un'eleganza formale e di maniera.

Così Contagious Words suona uguale, mancano passione e sentimento, gli assoli sono di contorno e aggiungono ben poco allo sviluppo delle esecuzioni, è un po' come ballare allo stesso modo il valzer e il tango. Le cose migliori arrivano con l'ultimo brano che si distacca dalla omogeneità dei precedenti, abbandonando il jazz patinato per indirizzarsi su una fusion orchestrale decisa, vigorosa e sanguigna con pulsazione funky e varietà ritmica degne di nota.

Troppo... poco e troppo tardi Mr. Vanore.

Track Listing: Envy; Substructure; You Go To My Head; Restless; Dreams; Neopolis; Recess; Felony.

Personnel: John Vanore: trumpet, flugelhorn; Michael Mee: alto and soprano sax, flute; Bob Howell: tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute; Joe Cataldo: trumpet, flugelhorn; Sean McAnally: trumpet, flugelhorn; Tony DeSantis: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bill Pusey: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kevin Rodgers: trumpet, flugelhorn; George Barnett: French horn; Fred Scott: trombone; Larrry Toft: trombone; Greg Kettinger: guitar; Craig Thomas: acoustic and electric bass; Dan Monaghan: drums; Ron Thomas: piano; Heather Fortune: flute; Jim Daniels: bass trombone.

Title: Contagious Words | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: acoustical concepts

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