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Marco Bittelli: Libera

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Ruota idealmente attorno alla title track questo lavoro di Marco Bittelli, chitarrista bolognese da anni residente alternativamente in America: una traccia breve, per sola chitarra, nella quale Bittelli espone con semplicità il sensibile lirismo mediterraneo che nel resto del lavoro sviluppa assieme ai suoi partner, mescolandovi la loro ben diversa tradizione musicale e culturale.

Il risultato di quest'incontro è un lavoro interessante, perché propone in modo significativamente diverso da come siamo soliti ascoltare il cosiddetto "jazz mediterraneo" - qui, per una volta, ben inserito nella tradizione jazzistica d'oltre oceano.

Bittelli, allievo prima di Jimmy Villotti, poi di Joe Pass, si avvale dell'ottima collaborazione in primo luogo di Horace Alexander Young, che al tenore imposta atmosfere da ballad ("Gennaio 1997," "Nexus"), mentre al flauto si avvicina maggiormente al lirismo europeo; ma la varietà del lavoro è garantita anche dall'alternarsi di Argersinger al piano e al Rhodes e, soprattutto, di Snider al contrabbasso e al basso elettrico (si ascolti ad esempio la diversità di "Pulses" rispetto ad altri brani). Percepibili poi in più passaggi le influenze classiche sulla composizione, come nel caso della bella "Vento sulla Palouse".

Disco accurato, ricco di sfumature e scevro da ogni presunzione.


Track Listing: 1. Gennaio 1967 - 6:10; 2. Nudo - 5:26; 3. Vento sulla Palouse - 6:46; 4. Nexus - 3:25; 5. Pulses - 4:15; 6. Libera - 2:05; 7. Brel - 4:09; 8. Something To Remember - 4:49; 9. Gennaio 1997 (reprise) - 6:03. Tutti le composizioni sono di Marco Bittelli, esclusa 8, di Bittelli e H. A. Young.

Personnel: Marco Bittelli (chitarra), Horace Alexander Young (sax tenore, flauto), Charles Argersinger (pianoforte, Fender Rhodes), David Snider (contrabbasso, basso elettrico), David Jarvis (batteria), Ruth Boden (violoncello).

Title: Libera | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Pacific Coast Jazz

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