The great Italian clarinetist/composer Gianluigi Trovesi goes full throttle with fellow countryman, accordionist Gianni Coscia on this delightful new ECM release titled, In Cerca Di Cibo. Trovesi is arguably one of the finest practitioners of this rather difficult to master woodwind instrument. A true stylist, the clarinetist possesses Herculean chops to coincide with his predilection for sharp-witted lyricism and radiant melodies. Here, Trovesi and the equally estimable Coscia perform a series of works based upon tuneful and memorable themes that might elicit imagery of Mediterranean sunsets or perhaps sipping espresso at a cafe in Rome as the musicians meld idyllic interludes with European folk and jazz-based motifs.
Trovesi compositions such as “Villanella” and “Minor Dance” present impressionistic canvasses of sound, chock full of sweet lyricism, peppery unison lines and playful choruses as Coscia exhibits his worldly skills as a shrewd accompanist and purveyor of sweeping rhythmic chord progressions. The clarinetist’s fiery ringing tone and emotive style of execution via piercing high notes, vibrato and inventive phraseology comes to the forefront on John Lewis’ classic, “Django” as Trovesi also interweaves whimsical Dixieland grooves with stately choruses along with Coscia’s fleet-fingered lines. Essentially, In Cerca Di Cibo intimates pizzazz, charm and good-natured fun, as these pros wouldn’t have it any other way. A magnificent exposition indeed!
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.