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A native of Sydney Australia, composer Roberto Iolini comes across as some sort of new age renaissance man on this segmented production, consisting of works that strangely interconnect, yet remain somewhat different in scope. The title of this outing pretty much sums up the rather diverse sequence of events as the artist presents the listener with pieces broken into variable formats and genres. On the opener, and one of the Works For Radio titled “Edwin Armstrong” (the inventor of Frequency Modulation), Iolini utilizes short wave radio samples, grand piano/piano samples, and hallowed voices. Needless to state, Iolini creates eerily abstract statements, whereas the works titled, “Congo, Zimbabwe,” Lingo Babel,” and “Whyitiso,” are quaintly organized chamber-jazz style affairs. And while some of this might seem a bit eccentric, many of these sequences contain lilting themes amid an air of romanticism via the musicians’ conveyance of multi-layered panoramas.
”City In Between” features Michele Morgan’s vocals, in concert with Iolini’s samples of machine gun fire, cymbals, percussion, and various sounds. No doubt, there’s a lot going on throughout these slightly crazed scenarios, as Iolini’s brainchild shines forth as a deeply personalized statement. Although slightly asymmetrical by design, there appears to be a germane flow that filters through the entire program. Recommended.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.