3

Erika Dagnino / Stefano Pastor / George Haslam / Steve Waterman: Narcéte

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Erika Dagnino / Stefano Pastor / George Haslam / Steve Waterman: Narcéte This Anglo-Italian quartet presents its version of improvised jazz with poetry. The Italian side comes from poet and writer Erika Dagnino—who recites her poems in English—and violinist and double bassist Stefano Pastor. Their English partners are veteran improvisers and frequent collaborators, saxophonist George Haslam and trumpeter Steve Waterman.

This recording features a happy marriage between the serious, orderly and expressive reciting of the poems and playful, instrumental improvisations. None is being subjected to the other—there is enough room for equal contributions from Dagnino and the musicians with overall respect and organic interplay of likeminded spirits.

Dagnino's poems offer observant insights into nature's ever changing phenomena and her commentary on her state of mind while observing these sights. The poems suggest new comprehensions about these expressions and cross each other, thus her poetic art, in its delivery, refers to itself. As can be heard on "Chant VI" where she recites: "you can hear words multiply; the variations thicken with words, the words thicken with religions." She does not attempt to accommodate her reading to the sounds or rhythms and it obvious that the music is meant to encompass the poems.

The improvised segments are inventive and set the atmosphere for the observations and the inner turmoil delivered in the suggestive poetic lines, often as introductions and epilogues. On "Chant V" the music softens the distant and pessimistic words: "the human meetings are illusions of symposiums in the latest fashion, where we do not learn to die" and on "Chant VII" it emphasizes the reserved anger.

This is a highly original and rewarding album.


Track Listing: Chant I; Chant II; Chant III; Chant IV; Chant V; Chant VI; Chant VII; . Chant VIII; Chant IX; Chant X.

Personnel: Erika Dagnino: poetry, voice; Stefano Pastor: violin, double bass; Steve Waterman: trumpet; George Haslam: baritone sax, tarogato.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Slam Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Lockout Station" CD/LP/Track Review Lockout Station
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "Röjer På Vinden" CD/LP/Track Review Röjer På Vinden
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2016
Read "Afternoon In Paris" CD/LP/Track Review Afternoon In Paris
by Chris Mosey
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "It's A Man's World" CD/LP/Track Review It's A Man's World
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 12, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!