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Mingus Big Band: Live at the Jazz Standard

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L'indispensabile repertorio mingusiano, com'è noto, vive soprattutto grazie agli sforzi della vedova Sue e a un paio di formazioni che ad esso si sono dedicate mani e piedi dopo la morte del grande bassista (nello specifico prima ancora compositore). La Mingus Big Band in particolare dà alle energetiche, vociferanti pagine mingusiane quell'atavico respiro orchestrale che di fatto l'autore per primo perseguiva anche nei suoi piccoli gruppi (almeno dal sestetto in su).

Questo album specifico vive dell'incastro fra i temi (anche molto noti, e importanti) e una generosa rielaborazione improvvisativa, che rispecchia forse solo in parte le istanze originarie (quando all'opera c'erano i Dolphy e i Kirk, gli Knepper e i Byard, ecc.) ma dà comunque brillantemente fuoco alle polveri.

Entrando un po' più nel dettaglio, sottolineeremmo l'efficace (oltre che ovviamente molto spettacolare) chase trombettistica in "New Now Know How," un "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" (ecco uno dei pezzi da novanta) riletto forse sin troppo col freno tirato, un bellissimo prologo, libero e astratto, a "Bird Calls," che poi spicca il volo deciso, una trascinante versione di "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too," dove pure il cantato di Frank Lacy (testo di Elvis Costello) lascia un po' il tempo che trova, la torrenziale intro di Escoffery a "Open Letter to Duke," che poi si articola in curatissimi collettivi in cui spiccano la tuba di McIntyre e un Herring non poco à la Charlie Mariano, la bellezza complessiva di "Moanin".

Insomma, ce n'è d'avanzo per farci passare un'ora abbondante in più che piacevole compagnia.


Track Listing: 01. Gunslinging Bird; 02. New Now Know How; 03. Self-Portrait in Three Colors; 04. Bird Calls; 05. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too (Aka “Hora Decubitus”); 06. Cryin' Blues; 07. Open Letter to Duke; 08. Moanin'; 09. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; 10. Song with Orange.

Personnel: Randy Brecker, Kenny Rampton, Earl Gardner (tromba); Ku-Umba Frank Lacy (trombone, voce); Conrad Herwig (trombone); Earl McIntyre (trombone basso, tuba); Douglas Yates (sax alto, sax soprano, flauto); Vincent Herring (sax alto); Wayne Escoffery, Abraham Burton (sax tenore); Lauren Sevian (sax baritono); David Kikoski (piano); Boris Kozlov (contrabbasso); Jeff Tain Watts (batteria).

Title: Live at the Jazz Standard | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Louis 649

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