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Here, three saxophonists and a vocalist perform live in the rooms of the Sottoporticato of the Ducal Palace in Genoa, Italy, which is touted to be an “an enormous airpsace”. - Judging by the color photo included within the CD insert, these rooms feature arched ceilings and multiple columns amid Italian architectural craftsmanship as the band investigates reverberate sounds and au natural effects along with the harmonious blending of peppery modern jazz style dialogue. Throughout, the listener will be treated to saxophone trio’s juxtaposed patterns atop Cristina Alioto’s wordless vocals, chant-like melodies and counterbalancing choruses as the musicians’ notes bounce from the floor to the ceiling, through columns and the seemingly expansive open spaces.
Granted, many of the segments contained within these fourteen parts are compelling, otherworldly or simply beautiful, yet the novelty wears a bit thin as the festivities progress. Perhaps an air of predictability or murkiness in concert with the unwavering echoes generate slightly monotonous overtones, where the music plays second fiddle to one’s aural senses. Unfortunately, the desired effect may have actually contributed to some of the shortcomings of this presentation, when viewed upon as a whole.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.