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Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State

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Già l'organico, con una front line forte di flauto e fagotto, ci dice quali tinte cameristiche avvolgano questo CD del batterista canadese (tutti suoi i brani), inciso nel novembre 2012 a San Diego, dove vive e insegna Mark Dresser. In verità la componente jazzistica è tutt'altro che elusa, il che si avverte con chiarezza già nel secondo brano, "It Is Never Safe to Be," e ancora in svariati altri momenti del disco.

Il fagotto, fortemente caratterizzante sul piano timbrico, risulta ancora una volta non adattissimo alle sgroppate solistiche (non si può certo dire che si tratti di uno strumento fluido e maneggevole), cosicché gli interventi più significativi si devono a Nicole Mitchell e al citato Dresser, il cui contrabbasso, come sempre mirabilmente in bilico fra pizzicato e archettato, dota l'insieme di un ancoraggio brunito ed estremamente concreto, rendendosi protagonista di significativi exploit specie in "Dogmatic in Any Case" e nel conclusivo "Flabbergasted by the Unconventional".

Ciò che ne vien fuori è comunque un album dallo spiccato ventaglio dinamico, percorso dall'alto di un controllo della materia assolutamente esemplare, ora eludendo abilmente le facili soluzioni offerte da un beat costante (segnaleremmo, in quest'ottica, episodi quali "What Is a Straw Horse, Anyways?," "Sandy" ed "Especially Preposterous Assertions"), ora tuffandovisi dentro, ma sempre con parsimonia. Un lavoro, in definitiva, che elude largamente le secche di ogni cascame mainstream senza per questo compiere alcun salto nel vuoto.

Track Listing: 01. What Is a Straw Horse, Anyways?; 02. It Is Never Safe to Be; 03. Dogmatic in Any Case; 04. Unless All the Evidence Is in; 05. Sandy; 06. Especially Preposterous Assertions; 07. Flabbergasted by the Unconventional.

Personnel: Nicole Mitchell (flauto); Sara Schoenbeck (fagotto); Mark Dresser (contrabbasso); Harris Eisenstadt (batteria).

Title: Golden State | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Songlines Recordings

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