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Norvald Dahl: Organic Chamber

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Tre musicisti quarantenni, chi più chi meno, di cui due norvegesi e uno statunitense (ma di chiare origini asiatiche), compongono questo singolare trio che, al di là dell'assenza della batteria, include un praticamente inedito sax mezzosoprano, intermedio fra contralto e soprano, teoricamente più prossimo al primo, in quanto ricurvo e in Fa, quindi un solo tono più acuto, laddove dal secondo (com'è noto in Si bemolle) lo separano due toni e mezzo, ma di fatto, per sonorità, più equiparabile a quest'ultimo.

Fatto questo minimo d'ordine, veniamo alla musica, che, a dispetto (o se preferite a complemento) del marchio prescelto di Organic Chamber (disco e gruppo), palesa da subito (gli iniziali "Breaking Bad" e "Cry of the Universe") vivacità e dinamiche piuttosto accese, oltre a un invidiabile equilibrio fra le tre voci, felicemente compenetrate e sufficientemente "pure." Il terreno è quello di uno sperimentalismo garbato, mai troppo spinto, se si esclude—dopo una terna di brani centrali condotti in maggior souplesse—un certo rumorismo in "No Agreements," titolo evidentemente programmatico e paradigmatico. Una sequenza di scale piuttosto insistita segna il successivo "Up to the High," alla lunga vagamente ipnotico, laddove il conclusivo "John & the F" recupera la vivezza inziale.

Disco di fruizione sostanzialmente gratificante, senza per questo mai scivolare nelle pastoie di una gradevolezza di facciata di questi tempi fin troppo diffusa.

Track Listing: Breaking Bad; Cry of the Universe; Out of the Black; Opus; Last Step on the Moon; No Agreements; Up to the High; John & the F.

Personnel: Jon Irabagon: mezzo-soprano saxophone; Norvald Dahl: piano; Mats Eilertsen: double bass.

Title: Organic Chamber | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Amp Music & Records

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