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Nudes represents a collection of aural portraits brought to us by saxophonist Tino Tracanna and double bassist Paolino Dalla Porta consisting of duet performances that might be analogous to the visual arts as the musicians artfully sculpt detailed curvatures of sound. Yet, the ten compositions presented here symbolize a bit more than just an agreeable set of tone poem incantations! The musicians kick matters into high gear on works such as “Born In The Zoo” where Tracanna sustains expressive lines that quietly swing - while they also render rapid bop-ish unison themes amid frisky dialogue on the piece titled, “Crossroad”. With “India Gate”, the instrumentalists emit tender lyricism while attaining a fine degree of concord or harmony as they counterbalance thematic invention with shifting meter and cunning improvisation. On the composition titled “Kim”, Traccana pursues sweet melodies offset by brisk, angular phrasing while Dalla Porta shifts tempos via his sonorous and thoroughly resplendent acoustic bass lines. Throughout, the duo is most effective at bouncing ideas off one another yet remain focused and sensitive to compositional form and structure.
Overall, Tracanna and Dalla Porta should be commended for their synergistic and intuitive involvement as the music portrayed on Nudes melds swing and bop motifs with intricate patterns yet more importantly, delves into the human spirit in stirring fashion. Recommended. - * * * *
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I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.