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John Yao's Triceratops: How We Do

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John Yao's Triceratops: How We Do
Il quarantatreenne trombonista newyorchese di chiare origini orientali John Yao dirige in questo album un quintetto solido il cui punto di forza, oltre al leader, è costituito dalla coppia di sax, anche se tutti e cinque i musicisti impegnati fanno per intero la loro parte. Vi si respira un clima post-bop molto ben costruito e tornito, magari non originalissimo ma non privo di una certa sapienza architettonica e compositiva (tutti i temi sono a firma di Yao).

Le cose migliori sembrano logicamente arrivare dagli episodi che riescono maggiormente ad allontanarsi da stilemi fin troppo praticati e nell'orecchio, il che accade in particolare in "How We Do," che parte su toni felicemente cameristici per poi aprirsi ed esplicitarsi, "Doin' The Thing," in cui spiccano i soli di Yao e Jon Irabagon, e l'immediatamente successivo "Circular Path," pacato e riflessivo, ancora col trombone in bello spolvero.

Ovunque le cose marciano comunque per il verso giusto, magari con qualche cliché di troppo ma sempre con solidità e assoluta pertinenza lessicale.

Track Listing

Three Parts as One; Triceratops Blues; How We Do; The Golden Hour; Doin’ The Thing; Circular Path; Two Sides; Tea for T.

Personnel

John Yao: Trombone; Billy Drewes: soprano and alto saxophones; Jon Irabagon: tenor saxophone; Peter Brendler: bass; Mark Ferber: drums.

Album information

Title: How We Do | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: See Tao Recordings

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