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Elvis Costello: My Flame Burns Blue

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Elvis Costello sembra essere l’uomo per tutte le stagioni. Da artefice strampalato e geniale, prima nel periodo punk (My Aim Is True), poi nella stagione della new wave più raffinata (Get Happy!!, Imperial Bedroom), poi ancora con le grandi collaborazioni (Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach) e infine con i progetti collaterali (Brodsky Quartet, Bill Frisell) che lo portano diritto a My Flame Burns Blue.

Continua così la collaborazione per la blasonata Deutsche Grammophon (quarto disco finora prodotto). E il lavoro è un’ulteriore sfida per MacManus: lo swing, che assume la forma della Metropole Orkest diretta da Vince Mendoza, una sfilza di musicisti di primo piano (Peter Erskine, John Harle) e l’amico - ombra Steve Nieve. Un lavoro che esprime una lontananza sempre più avvertibile (quella dalla chitarra elettrica e dell’animo rock) e i nuovi progetti, sospesi tra jazz e classica (il CD, tra l’altro, è doppio per la presenza della suite Il sogno - pubblicata originariamente due anni fa e scritta per il balletto shakespeariano “Sogno di una notte di mezza estate” - commissionatagli dalla italiana Aterballetto).

Registrato nel luglio del 2004 al North Sea Jazz Festival, il lavoro presenta la riproposizione - in parte stravolta, in parte abbastanza fedele agli originali - di classici del repertorio dell’artista inglese (“Almost Blue”, “Watching the Detectives”, “God Give Me Strenght”), alcune interpretazioni spumeggianti in cui emerge tutto l’amore per i grandi compositori del passato (“Hora Decubitus” di Charles Mingus, “That’s How You Got Killed Before” di Dave Bartholomew e “My Flame Burns Blue” di Billy Strayhorn).

My Flame Burns Blue è un disco in linea con il suo talento: sregolato e eclettico. Man Out of Time...


Track Listing: Cd 1: 01. Hora Decubitus Costello; 02. Favourite Hour; 03.That's How You Got Killed Before; 04. Upon a Veil of Midnight Blue; 05. Clubland; 06. Almost Blue Costello; 07. Speak Darkly, My Angel; 08. Almost Ideal Eyes; 09. Can You Be True?; 10 Put Away Forbidden Playthings; 11. Episode of Blonde; 12. My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count); 13.Watching the Detectives Costello; 14 God Give Me Strength; Cd2 "Il sogno": 01.Prelude; 02. Overture;03. Puck One; 04. The Court; 05.Workers' Playtime;06. Oberon and Titania; 07.The Conspiracy of Oberon and Puck; 08. Puck Two; 09. The Identity Parade; 10. The Face of Bottom; 11.The Spark of Love; 12. Tormentress; 13. Oberon Humbled; 14. Twisted - Entangled - Transform and Exchange; 15. The Fairy and the Ass; 16. Sleep Costello; 17. The Play Costello; 18. The Wedding Costello.

Title: My Flame Burns Blue | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon

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