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Lama + Chris Speed: Lamaçal

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Dopo lo scintillante debutto di Oneiros, il trio lusitano-canadese denominato Lama e capitanato dal bassista Gonçalo Almeida, dà alla stampe l'opera seconda invitando per l'occasione il quotato clarinettista/sassofonista Chris Speed.

Registrato durante la decima edizione del Portalegre Jazz Festival, Lamaçal pur conservando alcune delle caratteristiche presenti nell'album di debutto - su tutte una convincente liaison dangereuse tra melodia, elettronica ed improvvisazione - effettua una decisa virata stilistica.

A cominciare dalla scrittura che allarga le proprie maglie, crea spazi, sfuma i contorni e alimenta una sorta di climax cameristico vicino a certi lavori del Claudia Quintet, formazione nella quale milita, non a caso, proprio Chris Speed.

La forma canzone, seppur non convenzionale, dell'album precedente lascia il posto ad una ricerca che va nella direzione di ardite combinazioni timbriche, di una organizzazione del suono costruita su labili segni, di una esecuzione dai toni astratti, talvolta onirici.

Fa eccezione "Pair of Dice," brano dai chiari riferimenti ornettiani nella quale il quartetto manifesta l'indole più schiettamente jazzistica. Nel complesso Lamaçal si rivela disco sofisticato, dal linguaggio a tratti cerebrale, con in nuce interessanti sviluppi futuri.


Track Listing: 01. Overture for a wandering fish (S.S.Silva); 02. Lamacal; 03. Moby Dick; 04. Cachalote (G.Smith); 05. Pair of dice (C.Speed); 06. Anemona; 07. Manta. Tutte le composizioni sono di Goncalo Almeida tranne quelle indicate.

Personnel: Chris Speed (sax tenore, clarinetto); Susana Santos Silva (tromba, flicorno); Goncalo Almeida (contrabbasso, effetti, loops); Greg Smith (batteria, elettronica).

Title: Lamaçal | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

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