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The Fonda - Stevens Group: Memphis

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Artisticamente insieme da più di un ventennio, il bassista Joe Fonda e il pianista Michael Stevens danno alle stampe Memphis, un album che richiede una buona dose d'attenzione, viste le diverse soluzioni compositive intraprese e le relative complicazioni estetiche.

Dalla penna dei due prendono vita i dieci originali proposti, cinque a testa, che si evolvono in uno schema molto ampio, privo - almeno in apparenza - di punti di riferimento ben definiti e quindi difficilmente prevedibile. I leader creano musica mettendosi sullo stesso piano degli altri due interpreti, il drummer Harvey Sorgen e il trombettista Herb Robertson, formando un'entità camaleontica.

Da qui si spiegano le asperità dell'iniziale "In the Whitecage" (un autentico disaccordo di suoni), in parte risolte nelle successive "For My Brother" e nella lineare "Looking for the Lake". In parte dicevamo, perché spesso, quando lo sviluppo melodico sembra procedere in discesa verso una forma compiuta, c'è un intervento strumentale pronto a sparigliare le fila, a mettere quel "punto a capo" che cancella ogni convinzione acquisita.

Memphis è un lavoro prismatico, che offre le sue facciate migliori quando è la tromba di un ispirato Robertson a condurre il gioco, mentre cede il passo nei momenti cameristici, privi del giusto nerbo.


Track Listing: 1. In The Whitecage (5:49); 2. For My Brother (6:33); 3. Looking For The Lake (5:40); 4. Changing Tides (6:34); 5. The Path (5:09); 6. Yes This is It! (4:14); 7. There Is a Very Fine Line Between Your Life and Mine (9:26); 8. Whale Majesty (5:10); 9. Memphis Ramble (8:05); 10. Break Song (5:03).

Personnel: Joe Fonda: contrabbasso; Michael Jefrey Stevens: piano; Herb Robertson: tromba; Harvey Sorgen: batteria

Title: Memphis | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings

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