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Don Ellis: Haiku

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Personaggio tra i più originali e atipici del jazz degli anni Sessanta e Settanta, il trombettista e bandleader Don Ellis ha attraversato con la sua musica differenti zone stilistiche, sperimentando metriche complesse e energie jazz-rock in contesti orchestrali e portando le intuizioni della cosiddetta third stream a esiti personalissimi quanto talvolta irrisolti.

La Promising Music ristampa ora un suo lavoro uscito per la mitica MPS del critico Joachim Berendt nel 1974, intitolato Haiku e ispirato a questa concisa forma lirica giapponese. A un quintetto elettrico in cui troviamo Milcho Leviev alle tastiere e un alternarsi di chitarristi tra cui Larry Carlton, si aggiunge qui un complesso da camera per archi, che impronta la musica a una sorta di jazz orchestrale leggero e zuccheroso, danzante e languido, da colonna sonora disimpegnata, che non a caso è stato visto come un precursore della successiva moda new age.

Abbastanza deludente per chi desideri ascoltare qualcosa di innovativo e urgente, il disco probabilmente piacerà agli appassionati di stranezze orchestrali e di glucosio vintage. Il suono di Ellis è però sempre cristallino.

Riassumendo con un haiku:

Don Ellis cola

Come miele d'acacia

Nelle orecchie

Track Listing: Children; Blossoming; Water Jewel; Cherry Petals; Forest; Summer Rain; Two Autumns; Mirror Pond of Stars; Parting; Dew.

Personnel: Don Ellis: trumpet; Milcho Leviev: keyboards; Larry Carlton: guitar (2, 7); David Cohen: guitar (1, 3, 6, 8); Tommy Tedesco: guitar (4, 9, 10); Ray Brown: bass; John Guerin: drums; Israel Baker: violin; Erno Neufeld: violin; Jacob Krachmalnik: violin; George Kast: violin; George Berres: violin; Gerald Vinci: violin; Shirley Cornell: violin; Marcia van Dyck: violin; Marvin Limonick: violin; Samuel Voghossian: viola (1-3, 5-8); Alfred Barr: viola (1-3, 5-8); Dan Neufeld: viola (1-3, 5-8); Allan Harshman: viola (4, 9, 10); David Schwarz: viola (4, 9, 10); Myra Kestenbaum: viola (4, 9, 10); Raphael Kramer: cello; Frederick Seykora: cello; Ronald Cooper: cello; Catherine Gotthofer: cello. The String Quartet: Israel Baker (violin), Erno Neufeld (violin), Allan Harshman (viola), Raphael Kramer (cello).

Title: Haiku | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Promising Music/MPS

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