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JD Allen: Love Stone

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Come suggerisce il titolo, alcune canzoni d'amore del repertorio jazzistico sono state qui rivisitate tenendo a mente una regola aurea: l'approfondita conoscenza dei testi, oltre che della musica, per un viaggio introspettivo intorno agli standard. In questi casi si corre il rischio di esporsi ad esiti monocromatici, in parte scongiurati dal duplice apporto solistico di sax-chitarra anche in chiave contrappuntistica.

A conti fatti su Love Stone non si riscontrano veri colpi d'ala nella chiarezza espressiva del quarantaseienne sassofonista statunitense, protagonista di un progetto lirico ed intenso seppur non originalissimo. Manca, infatti, una visone eccentrica di un percorso solistico che possa far rilucere tratti nuovi nei brani affrontati.

Emerge una condotta interpretativa tutta giocata sulle microripetizioni variate, per cesellare con cura la linea melodica dei brani rivisitati. Emerge un disegno espressivo chiaroscurato in questo processo equilibrato di ripetizione-variazione, all'insegna del malinconico intimismo. Il quartetto è particolarmente reattivo alle linee lunghe e trasognate del leader, che trova un'efficace spalla nei pregevoli interventi assoli solistici di Liberty Ellman.

Love Stone è un cd non privo di spunti interessanti, che soddisfa le aspettative di chi predilige un delicato lirismo ravvivato dalla magistrale tecnica.

Track Listing: Stranger in Paradise; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Why Was I Born?; You're My Thrill; Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies; Put on a Happy Face; Prisoner of Love; Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You); Gone With the Wind.

Personnel: JD Allen: tenor saxophone, Liberty Ellman: guitar; Gregg August: bass; Rudy Royston: drums.

Title: Love Stone | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Savant Records

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