9

Pietro Valente Quantum 4: Entering The New Era - 432 Hz

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Pietro Valente Quantum 4: Entering The New Era - 432 Hz Ace Italian drummer Pietro Valente enters the new era by having the musicians tune their instruments to 432 Hz. In the album notes he states that, "This recording has a feature that makes it one of a kind: Recent studies show that tuning at 432 Hz is more in harmony with human body vibrations." Thus, the overall vibe, and response would be factored in on a per-listener basis, yet I detected the warmth and amenable tone from the onset. More importantly, Valente's energized production, gushing with memorable jazz-centric tunes that are shaded with journeys into the outside realm. Here, vocalist Alessia Obino's charter is to serve as an additional instrument via wordless vocals.

The album contains gorgeous melodies amid supple characteristics and whirling time signatures. The band is highly active and very productive. Musical notes aren't wasted. And several works feature cascading and ascending thematic statements with harmonically attractive constructions. Superlative musicianship and a razor-sharp focus leads to triumphant choruses, circular ostinatos and malleable progressions. For example on "Natural Order," the band zooms in on a sprightly bop and scat vocal motif, and "Omnicracy" is shaped by trombonist Filippo Vignato's brawny improvisation segments and pianist Marco Ponchiroli's intersecting lines. But they launch into a crunching backbeat and elevate the pitch while assuaging matters down to a near whisper for the finale.

Obino mimics Vignato's phrasings during the free-floating and good-timey outlook portrayed on the delightful piece "100 Years Jump," while transferring the groove into funk-rock vistas and bluesy overtones. Whereas, "Space Exploration" is led by the drummer's pumping odd-metered beats, contrasted by Vignato and Ponchiroli's brisk workout, seguing into a polyrhythmic wonderland, tinted with understated textures and impacting unison lines.

To parallel movie critic lingo, Valente has produced a riveting and action-packed gala, exercised with an array of rapidly moving parts that excites the mind and calms the soul. It's a masterfully envisioned rendezvous and a top pick for 2014.


Track Listing: oo=OO; Phoebe At Work; Buona Notte Alyssa; Transition; Natural Order; Omnicracy; Peace In The World; Journey Through The Realms; Dimensional Shift; 100 Years Jump; Space Exploration; Low Gravity.

Personnel: Alessia Obino: voice; Filippo Vignato: trombone; Marco Ponchiroli: piano and keyboard; Pietro Valente: drums and Tibetan bows; Paolo Zannoni: cello (1, 4, 5, 7).

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Rough Boundaries" CD/LP/Track Review Rough Boundaries
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 31, 2016
Read "Blue And Lonesome" CD/LP/Track Review Blue And Lonesome
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Floa" CD/LP/Track Review Floa
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 23, 2016
Read "Bring Joy" CD/LP/Track Review Bring Joy
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Cactus" CD/LP/Track Review Cactus
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 24, 2016
Read "Inner Agent" CD/LP/Track Review Inner Agent
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!