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Edward Simon Trio: Poesia

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Pianista quarantenne di origini venezuelane, Edward Simon (clicca qui per leggere una sua intervista) divide la sua attività tra il jazz più avanzato (ha lavorato a lungo con Bobby Watson e Greg Osby, ha all'attivo tre CD in duo con David Binney, tra i quali Oceanos) e il latin (clicca qui per la recensione del CD di Luciana Souza The New Bossa Nova).

In questo CD per la CAM Jazz compare alla testa di un classico trio, con due fior di accompagnatori come John Patitucci e Brian Blade.

Il repertorio include tutti composizioni originali (due a firma di Patitucci), con la sola esclusione di una sofisticata, ma sorprendentemente lenta "Giant Step" di Coltrane. Si passa da brani delicati e malinconici - come "My Love for You" che apre e chiude, in due diverse versioni, il lavoro o come "Roby" - a tracce invece assai più ritmiche ed inquiete, come "Triumph," passando per momenti che sfiorano la fusion come "One For J.P.," con Patitucci al basso elettrico. Proprio la title track funge da sintesi per questo eclettismo, presentando un tema melodico, ma liberandosi poi in un'improvvisazione fortemente dinamica.

Simon non mostra tracce significative della sua frequentazione latin, ha un approccio piuttosto tradizionale alla tastiera, fatto di armonizzazioni veloci, qualche pedale con la mano sinistra, fraseggi sofisticati ma raramente sorprendenti. Ottimi entrambi i partner, con Patitucci in gran spolvero in alcuni assolo (descrittivo in "Roby," ritmico e peacockiano in "Poesia") e Blade assai incisivo alle spalle del pianista, specie nei brani più dinamici.

Complessivamente, un buon lavoro, ben suonato e con alcuni momenti di eccellenza, ma che rimane all'interno della tradizione del piano trio.

Track Listing: My Love For You (take 1); Winter; Giant Steps; One for J.P.; Roby; Poesia; Intention; Triumph; My Love For You (take 2).

Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; John Patitucci: bass, electric bass; Brian Blade: drums.

Title: Poesia | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: CAM Jazz

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