5

Virginia Genta: Rough Enough

Nicola Negri By

Sign in to view read count
Virginia Genta: Rough Enough
Virginia Genta is a young Italian saxophonist that has already established herself on the international free jazz scene with the hard working, constantly touring Jooklo Duo (with David Vanzan on drums) and through countless collaborations with important figures in improvised music, from Sonny Simmons and Famoudou Don Moye to Thurston Moore and Kawabata Makoto. This new record—about 10 minutes of music released in a beautifully packaged 7" on Holidays Records—consists of a solo tenor sax improvisation referencing both 1960s Fire Music and European free improv.

A thorough exploration of the physical limits of the saxophone, and mostly devoted to its upper register, the performance is entirely focused on the moment of creation, a urgent musical expression devoid of structural considerations. Both spontaneous, with a powerful, primal expressive urge, and brilliantly constructed, based on the exploration of sound and timbre with an obsessive attention to detail. Both sides follow a similar concept, with seemingly unrelated episodes that keep the tension high, following an inner logic that never fully reveals itself. The phrasing is dictated by breath length, giving the proceedings a natural, inevitable quality, with a clever use of silence that underlies the sonic character of each phrase, amplifying its impact. Every sound produced is explored in depth, with repetitions and micro variations, always on the border between violent manifestation and abrupt disappearance. Genta moves in this liminal zone with an impressive instrumental control, giving equal weight to traditional technique, multiphonics, phantom sounds and accidental rhythms.

Rough Enough is an effective portrait of one of today's free jazz most interesting voices, and a showcase for Genta's uncompromising vision and peculiar ideas about improvisation, rooted in a glorious past but looking straight to the future.

Track Listing

Rough; Enough.

Personnel

Virginia Genta: tenor saxophone.

Album information

Title: Rough Enough | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Holidays Records

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus
Ikue Mori / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura
Read Time OutTakes
Time OutTakes
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Read In Baltimore
In Baltimore
The George Coleman Quintet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.