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John Tchicai - Charlie Kohlhase - Garrison Fewell: Good Night Songs

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Piace Good Night Songs.

Piace perché a settant’anni suonati l’afro-danese John Tchicai, cofondatore dei New York Contemporay Five e attivo esponente della fase eroica del free, licenzia un album avventuroso, stimolante, ricco di idee e di una verve ritrovata.

Piace perché allestisce una formazione insolita, un trio chitarra e doppio sassofono assai poco usuale nella storia della musica afroamericana, ensemble che senza la canonica sezione ritmica costringe ad un grande ascolto reciproco e lascia aperti spazi invitanti.

Piace perché in Good Night Songs è inconsueto anche l’accostamento dei musicisti. Fewell, spesso assimilato alla tradizione chitarristica che fa riferimento a stilisti come Joe Pass e Jim Hall, svolge uno splendido lavoro di raccordo tra i due fiati, ora attraverso delicati contrappunti, ora fornendo un stimolante sostegno ritmico, ora indirizzando il clima dell’esecuzione con una serie di accordi dissonanti. Mentre Kohlhase, attivo sassofonista della Boston Area, libera il suono rotondo, robusto, in poche parole, classico dei suoi fiati, in un dialogo avvincente con i toni più aspri, le linee più oblique, le improvvisazioni più libere di Tchicai.

Piace infine perché se le ninna nanne del titolo sono simpaticamente una falsa pista per l’ascoltatore, brani come “The Queen of Ra“, strepitoso lo scambio di battute tra i sax , “Undercurrent“, dall’incedere meditativo e i toni spirituali, la brumosa “ X-Ray Vision “, poesia pura che sgorga dal baritono di Kohlhase e dal tenore di Tchicai, per finire con l’intensa e commovente versione di “Lilanto del indio“ sono immersi in atmosfere notturne che avvolgono in un morbido mantello le magie di un maestro sempre attuale.

Track Listing: Floating; The Queen of Ra; Thriftshopping; Undercurrent; Ramana Maharashi; On Fait La Taille; X-Ray Vision; Start to Finish; Lilanto Del Indio; Consolation Cake.

Personnel: John Tchicai: senor axophone, bass clarinet, voice, percussion; Charlie Kohlhase: tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones; Garrison Fewell: guitar, chopsticks, slide, percussion.

Title: Good Night Songs | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Boxholder Records

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