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Bobby Bradford - Mark Dresser - Glen Ferris: Live in LA

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Bobby Bradford, uno dei miglior trombettisti emersi dal free jazz e dalle zone contigue all'avanguardia, partner di Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, autore con il clarinettista John Carter di una manciata di dischi pregevoli, rientra a buon diritto nell'ampia schiera di unsung heroes, musicisti che hanno dato un contributo di notevole importanza all'evoluzione della musica afro-americana ma che raramente hanno ottenuto le luci della ribalta o raggiunto gli onori della cronaca.

Questa registrazione del settembre 2009, effettuata a casa del trombonista Bruce Fowler, ci restituisce un Bradford smagliante, in gran forma, in compagnia di altri due ottimi musicisti come Mark Dresser e Glen Ferris. Due brani a firma Dresser, tre di Ferris, uno di Bradford e due completamente improvvisati (ma in registrazioni di questo tipo è spesso difficile definire la linea di demarcazione tra scrittura e improvvisazione) delineano il quadro di Live in LA.

Che è quello di una musica al di sopra di stili, mode e generi, aperta a molteplici sollecitazioni - qua e là si percepiscono un giro di blues, una linea di bop, un accenno di swing, una escursione nell'atonalità, una deviazione nel minimalismo, una cadenza folklorica - rielaborate con somma maestria e sensibilità in un unicum organico plasmato dalla personalità dei tre. La riuscita di Live in LA risiede anche nella maestria con la quale Ferris, Dresser e Bradford riescono ad esprimere la propria cifra espressiva senza prevaricazioni o atteggiamenti da primadonna ma esibendo un grande rispetto vicendevole e una ragguardevole libertà e sintonia di pensiero.


Track Listing: 01. For Bradford (Dresser); 02. Purge (Ferris); 03. BBJC (Dresser); 04. Pandas Run (Dresser/Bradford/Ferris); 05. In My Dream (Ferris); 06. Bamboo Shoots (Dresser/Ferris/Bradford); 07. Comin On (Bradford); 08. Ready to Go (Ferris).

Personnel: Bobby Bradford (tromba); Mark Dresser (contrabbasso); Glenn Ferris (trombone).

Title: Live in LA | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

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