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Matt Lavelle, John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

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Un album il cui titolo evoca simultaneamente due grandi iconoclasti come Ornette Coleman e Thelonious Monk non può che incuriosire. Le composizioni, poi, rimandano tutte al secondo, mentre ornettiano (armolodico, appunto) dovrebbe essere il trattamento.

Matt Lavelle, che con Ornette ha studiato (e ha pure suonato con Bern Nix, chitarrista del Prime Time), appare strumentalmente più ferrato sul clarinetto (che tiene banco prevalentemente nella prima parte del CD) rispetto a flicorno e cornetta (protagonisti per lo più nel prosieguo del lavoro), mentre John Pietaro privilegia decisamente (e felicemente) il vibrafono.

Che cosa ne viene fuori? Un disco certamente di spessore, magari fin troppo spartano, francescano, ma comunque efficace, poetico, genuino. Dopo una manciata di brani iniziali, vengono di fatto un po' a mancare le sorprese, ma l'impatto globale è comunque più che apprezzabile, in particolare in episodi quali l'iniziale "Epistrophy," "Green Chimneys," "Round Midnight," cantato dal solo vibrafono, "Ruby, My Dear," ancora schiettamente vibrafonistico, e "Monk's Mood" (con sovraincisioni).

Una certa naïveté di fondo non guasta, dando a tutto l'insieme un sapore in felice sintonia con entrambi i dedicatari del lavoro.

Track Listing: Epistrophy; Pannonica; Green Chimneys; Round Midnight; Crepuscule with Nellie; Ruby, My Dear; Let’s Cool One; Blue Monk; Monk’s Mood; In Walked Bud.

Personnel: Matt Lavelle: cornetta, flicorno soprano, clarinetto contralto; John Pietaro: vibrafono, percussioni.

Title: Harmolodic Monk | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Unseen Rain Records

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