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Monome: Monome

Read "Monome" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Monome began life in 2006, but on this Italian trio's debut recording it's effectively a quartet, with German saxophonist Peter Ehwald playing on five of the seven tracks. Ehwald first played with Monome in 2010, and since when their collaborations have become increasingly frequent, to the point that his presence here is an essential ingredient in the mix. The chemistry, whether as a trio or a quartet, is pronounced and borrows from classical, post-bop and more contemporary influences; the circular ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Monome: Monome

Read "Monome" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The Italian innovative jazz group Monome (not the be confused with Spanish rock band The Monomes) makes a reserved yet vigorous statement with its eponymous debut. The session comprises of seven, modal and atmospheric tracks that have strong, western classical influences. The collaborative trio opens the disc with “Scales"; an almost theatrical piece that sets the theme for the rest of the disc. After Piergiorgio Pirro's brief sonata fragment, Gianpaolo Camplese's fervent drums and Matteo Anelli's angular ...

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Monome: Monome

Read "Monome" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Monome, a piano-led trio from Pisa, shares its name with the Monome, a computer interface device popular with makers of electronic music. Whether this is deliberate or coincidental is unclear, but Monome the band makes acoustic music without the need for its electronic namesake. Its eponymous debut album, recorded in late 2011 and early 2012, features German saxophonist Peter Ehwald alongside the core trio of pianist and main composer Piergiorgio Pirro, drummer Gianpaolo Camplese and bassist Matteo Anelli.Monome ...


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