All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

15

Black Milk Impulses: Manifesto

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
We love jazz music because its purveyors wander off-script to make music. That is, they improvise. They do not wing-it or fake it. Step one, obtain a command of your instrument. Step two involves learning compositions. Step three, for a jazz musician, is to reinvent both step one and two.

Such is Manifesto by the global consortium known as Black Milk Impulses. The core of BMI is Italian drummer Gianpaolo Camplese and Australian pianist Leo Auri. They have collaborated with several players to create trio music, including the Japanese shakuhachi musician Sachio Suginumi and bassist Matteo Anelli. It is the current trio with German trombonist Gerhard Gschlößl, in which their vision of reinvention is realized.

The music is presented as the accidental rumblings of a musical virus. The tracks tumble out of the speakers like an intoxicated businessman, but a close listen reveals that each piece is anything but inebriated. "Music Box Range" opens with distorted piano, halting beats, and trombone yawls before veering into a waltz. It is music that might be found on a Tom Waits or Vinicio Capossela session. The trio incorporates electronics throughout. "Waves Of Bass" hums with a sizzled circuit, some super-slow turntable wax and eventually a pounded groove. Their creativity appears to have no end point. The simple toy piano notes open "Carillon," and a traditional acoustic trio improvisation builds upon a three-way conversation. When BMI play a written piece their assemblage has enough off kilter tilt to sharpen the ear. The joy of Mainfesto is the sounds between the notes, sampled crowds, static and these interlude tracks of less than two minutes that contain the seeds of extended improvisations.

Track Listing: Mic Check; Music Box Range; Interludio; Nai Tom's Stately March; We Know What We Mean; Waves Of Bass; Bulging Mandel; Piccolo Interludio; Amazing + B; Moped; Carillon; Steinkohlenbergwerk; Closed Nosed; Half Open Fridge Door; Steve Unit; The Return Of Music Box.

Personnel: Gerhard Gschlößl : trombone; Gianpaolo Camplese: drums; Leo Auri: piano, electronics.

Title: Manifesto | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Meta Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Charlie & Paul CD/LP/Track Review
Charlie & Paul
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Sunlight CD/LP/Track Review
Sunlight
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Arise! CD/LP/Track Review
Arise!
by Chris May
Published: April 24, 2018
Read "Morning Sun" CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "Petite Afrique" CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "Roll On" CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "The Subject Tonight Is Love" CD/LP/Track Review The Subject Tonight Is Love
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Visiting Texture" CD/LP/Track Review Visiting Texture
by John Sharpe
Published: June 20, 2017
Read "Luisa" CD/LP/Track Review Luisa
by Doug Collette
Published: July 1, 2017