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Michael Musillami: Pride

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Metà in studio (novembre 2013) e metà dal vivo (2007), questo doppio CD offre uno spaccato alquanto eloquente delle potenzialità del chitarrista Michael Musillami (tutte sue le composizioni) e del suo ormai rodatissimo trio (numerose le incisioni già realizzate), che ospita ora il pianoforte di Kris Davis (e in due brani anche il sax tenore di Jimmy Greene), ora il violino di Mark Feldman.

Diciamo subito che è decisamente quest'ultima la formazione che si fa preferire, proprio grazie a Feldman, perché per il resto Musillami e soci tendono qua e là a suonarsi un po' addosso (anche se sempre con risultati apprezzabili, per quanto magari non originalissimi), il che non significa che anche Kris Davis e lo stesso Greene (specificatamente in "Bald Yet Hip," tra i vertici del CD in studio) non facciano la loro parte: è proprio il trio a mostrare talora un po' la corda, probabilmente proprio facendo leva su un interplay certo invidiabile, che tuttavia, se ci si fa troppo affidamento lasciandosi magari un po' andare, può trasformarsi in un'arma a doppio taglio.

Intendiamoci: queste due ore abbondanti di musica corrono via solide e congrue, ma un po' troppo di rado, quando non c'è il violino a illuminare la scena (a caratterizzarla, infondendole una direzione precisa, con venature country blues), veramente convincenti, col risultato che si può finire per distrarsi, per non trovare soverchie specificità nei singoli brani.

Il clima dominante è quello di un'improvvisazione libera ma senza particolari salti in avanti: è l'ispirazione del momento a elevare il risultato finale. Nel primo CD, oltre al citato brano con Greene, segnaleremmo l'intro bassistica allo stesso e il successivo "Old Tea," nel secondo tutti i momenti con Feldman (che forse tace fin troppo generosamente, per lasciare spazio al trio), per un lavoro sia quel che sia di grande concretezza.

Track Listing:
CD 1:
Uncle Fino´s Garden; Bald Yet Hip (Bass Intro); Bald Yet Hip; Old Tea; Courageous David B.; Mountain Pride; Wild Things Music (Max’s Wolf Suit / Max’s Moods / Wild Rumpus Music / And It Was Still Hot).
CD 2:
Swedish Fish; Human Conditions; Beijing; Today the Angels.

Personnel: Michael Musillami: chitarra; Joe Fonda: contrabbasso; George Schuller: batteria; Kris Davis: pianoforte; Jimmy Greene: sax tenore; Mark Feldman: violino.

Title: Pride | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings

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