220

Francesco Turrisi: Fotographia

Greg Simmons By

Sign in to view read count
Francesco Turrisi: Fotographia Encouraging experimentation is the lifeblood of jazz. It keeps the music vital and ensures that new voices get to have their say. The minute the music becomes a museum relic, played through a fixed, orthodox interpretation, is the moment it dies an ignominious death. Thank goodness, then, for musicians like pianist Francesco Turrisi, who embraces creative experimentation on Fotographia.

This collection of fifteen vignettes periodically employs bassist Claus Kaarsgaard and percussionist Joao Lobo. But for the most part, it's Turrisi's show. His approach has a graceful, classical sensibility to it, even when he's playing atonally. His light, refined touch conveys subtle purpose whether he's playing straight or far out.

The compositions and improvisations are derived from a variety of inspirations, including Pensierini, which are short children's essays—primary school assignments—that Turrisi uses conceptually as a musical exercise. These seven spontaneously improvised trio pieces, scattered throughout the album, are the freest, most avant works, but they also present a range of approaches. Two employ random plunking; one is a melancholy dirge, reminiscent of a Frederic Chopin Nocturne; another becomes a mechanical pattern of pianistic industrialism. Some are jarring and angular, and some are jewel-like in their petite splendor. The breadth of ideas presented within the concept is remarkable.

The other tracks on Fotographia are a mix of Italian traditional songs, Turrisi's own compositions, and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Luiza." The title track is a slow, spacious echo, employing silence around the notes, building slowly into a chord structure. "Pensierosa" is a melodic exploration of waving chords and arpeggios that presents an almost bucolic soundscape. It's a beautiful piece that showcases Turrisi's classical sensibility and lyrical composing abilities.

Fotographia can be a challenging record, but it can also be very rewarding. It's brilliance lies in the variety of its musical perspectives and techniques. Its accomplishment lies in taking those disparate elements and getting them to all hang together in a consolidated work. The delight in listening to it is the expectation that the next track will contain something really special, but not knowing what that is until it arrives.


Track Listing: Attaccati Li Tricci; Fotographia I; Pensierino I, in mille pezzi; Luiza; Pensierino II, sono l'uomo ombra; Pensierosa (For Helen); Pensierino III, rimorso; Alla Carpinese; Pensierino IV, formicai; Lachrimae (for my father); Pensierino V, scarabocchio; Pensierino VI, il lago fantasma; Fotographia II; Pensierino VII, verso il basso; Attaccati Li Tricci II.

Personnel: Francesco Turrisi: piano; Claus Laarsgaard: bass; Joao Lobo: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Diatribe Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Cantos Invisíveis" CD/LP/Track Review Cantos Invisíveis
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "HUJE 2015" CD/LP/Track Review HUJE 2015
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 2, 2016
Read "A Missing Shade of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review A Missing Shade of Blue
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 22, 2016
Read "Porgy and Bess Live" CD/LP/Track Review Porgy and Bess Live
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 8, 2016
Read "New Focus On Song" CD/LP/Track Review New Focus On Song
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 23, 2016
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 5, 2017

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!