4

Elia / Dominguez /Verdinelli: Cuando Sea Necesario

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Elia / Dominguez /Verdinelli: Cuando Sea Necesario
Argentine pianist Eduardo Elia explored the classic jazz tunes on his 2015 release, Solo (Blue Art Records), making the familiar distinctively his own. He shifts gears for Cuando Sea Necesario, bringing on board saxophonist Rodrigo Dominguez and drummer Sergio Verdinelli, for what sounds like a set of loosely-constructed compositions which leave plenty of room for inspired group improvisations that dig deep into making in-the-moment sounds of the highest order.

Two thoughts come to mind on an initial spin of Cuando Sea Necesario: firstly, the sound sculpted by the trio has the feel of an unsettled air blowing and roiling into the landscape—not of a howling hurricane but more of crisp winds and rumbling thunder, gusts that shake the windows without threatening to blow the roof off the house; and secondly, an Ornette Coleman-with-piano vibe prevails, the free jazz alto saxophonist's recordings with pianist Geri Allen—the two Sound Museum (Harmolodic/Verve, 1996) sets—and also Colors (Verve, 1997), a duo recording with pianist Joachim Kuhn.

A Coleman influence isn't a surprise—Elia included two of the saxophonist's tunes on Solo. But that isn't to say that the tenor saxophonist on Cuando Sea Necesario—the previously noted Rodrigo Dominguez—sounds anything like Ornette Coleman on plastic alto, or Ornette On Tenor (Atlantic, 1962) for that matter. But this Elia trio does have a similar elastic, method-to-the-madness approach to making music, beginning with "La Formula," which rides the rhythm of a circular piano riff, long tenor lines groaning, drum sounds tumbling out of the clouds.

The album boasts a cohesive mood, a beautiful, searching, shades-of-grey sound, beginning-to-end, with the tune "Pf2" evoking the beginnings of the storm, the spattering of raindrops, the moaning of a cold wind, leafless branches rattling against the rooftops, where the title tune evokes images, initially, of a solitary, aimless and perhaps melancholy post-storm walk under heavy cloud cover, until the rain renews and the wind picks up again, putting an urgency into the walker's stride.

The disc closes with "Sin Tocar El Suelo," a dark ballad full of brooding buoyancy, wrapping up the music nicely.

Track Listing

La Formula; Pf2; Paralelas; Pf2 (Toma alternativa); Desde El Principio; Impro Para Magui; Cuando Sea Necesario; Una Idea; Sin Tocar El Suelo.

Personnel

Rodrigo Domínguez: tenor sax; Sergio Verdinelli: drums; Eduardo Elia: piano.

Album information

Title: Cuando Sea Necesario | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Blue Art Records

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Hug!
Hug!
Matt Wilson Quartet
Read Touch & Go
Touch & Go
Susan Tobocman
Read The Ilkley Suite
The Ilkley Suite
Jamil Sheriff
Read Moving Through Worlds
Moving Through Worlds
Fiona Joy Hawkins
Read Data Lords
Data Lords
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Read Sleepy Town
Sleepy Town
Jamie Pregnell
Read Momento
Momento
Dave Milligan
Read Peace
Peace
Spirit Fingers

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.