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Hush Point: Hush Point

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Se tra i dieci brani contenuti in Hush Point due portano la firma di Jimmy Giuffre, se la front-line del quartetto pianoless è formato da tromba e sax, e se il trombettista del gruppo ha mosso i primi passi nella California degli anni sessanta, qualche indizio su quello che si andrà ad ascoltare ci viene pur fornito.

Ed in effetti siamo dalle parti di celebri connubi quali Jimmy Giuffre/Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan, ed ancheLee Konitz/Warne Marsh ossia i portabandiera di un jazz raffinato, sofisticato, armonicamente elegante, formalmente ineccepibile.

Ma niente polvere di stelle né derive nostalgiche in Hush Point perché i quattro musicisti sanno essere fini improvvisatori, lavorano sulla melodia con con sensibilità attraverso impercettibili incastri armonici e timbrici, conferiscono a composizioni strutturalmente assai definite, elasticità e prospettiva.

Il sax contralto di Jeremy Udden possiede il timbro essenziale, pulito, asciutto degli storici interpreti del cool mettendolo al servizio di un fraseggio che si fa a volte obliquo ed enigmatico. La tromba di John McNeil è un condensato di emozioni nelle quali la fragilità poetica di Chet Baker incontra il sincretismo di Bill Dixon. Aryeh Kobrinsky al contrabbasso e Vinnie Sperrazza alla batteria suggeriscono le coordinate all'interno delle quali si può sviluppare il sottile interplay che si rivela tra i tratti caratteristici dell'incisione.

Track Listing: Iranic; Peaceful; B. Remembered; Bar Talk; Fathers and Sons; Finely Done; New Bolero; The Train and the River; Get Out; Cat Magnet.

Personnel: John McNeil: tromba; Jeremy Udden: sax alto; Aryeh Kobrinksy: contrabbasso; Vinnie Sperrazza: batteria.

Title: Hush Point | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records


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