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Thollem McDonas - Nicola Guazzaloca: Noble Art

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Thollem McDonas è pianista/compositore originario della Bay Area di San Francisco che si muove tra Debussy e afro-punk band, avanguardia e libera improvvisazione, opera e danza moderna. E predilige le esibizioni solitarie pur non disdegnando collaborazioni accuratamente selezionate. Come quella con Nicola Guazzaloca, figura di riferimento della scena avant-jazz bolognese e recentemente apprezzato nel duo con il sassofonista Tim Trevor-Briscoe, nel notevole One Hot Afternoon.

Noble Art è la definizione francese di boxe e ben si addice a questa seduta di registrazione. Come due pugili sul ring Guazzaloca e McDonas si studiano, prima circospetti e poi entrando in piena confidenza con il combattimento tra tastiere, elaborando strategie esecutive, mettendo in campo forza, inventiva, creatività, incrociando i guantoni fasciati di note e di accordi in una sfida senza esclusione di colpi ma condotta con massima eleganza e sorretta da piena lealtà. E di un combattimento di boxe Noble Art riproduce le medesime sequenze emozionali con l'alternarsi di momenti di souplesse e profonda introspezione ad altri di esuberanza e di ferocia quasi fisica, sempre con un intensità palpabile e generosa.

Registrato live alla Scuola Popolare di Musica "Ivan Illich" di Bologna, Noble Art è la testimonianza di un felice incontro tra due menti libere, tra due sopraffini improvvisatori, anzi comprovisers (interessante termine riportato nei credits che, con l'intrinseca capacità di sintesi della lingua inglese, riunisce i due concetti basilari dell' arte jazzistica, quello di composizione e di improvvisazione).

Track Listing: 01. Alike to Me; 02. Down Twice; 03. On the Other Hand; 04. What a Morning; 05. Winnings for Backing.

Personnel: Thollem McDonas (piano); Nicola Guazzaloca (piano).

Title: Noble Art | Year Released: 2009

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