All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

142

Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia: Round About Weill

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
It's been five years since woodwind multi-instrumentalist Gianluigi Trovesi and accordionist Gianni Coscia made their ECM debut with In Cerca de Cibo. For their third duo album, Round About Weill, Trovesi- -once again sticking with clarinet—and Coscia step into a more singular concept. Whereas In Cerca de Cibo drew from sources as diverse as Italian folk music and pianist John Lewis, the latest effort celebrates the music of the often misunderstood 20th Century composer Kurt Weill.

That doesn't mean, however, that this new recording is any less broad in scope. Weill was considered something of a curiosity, having produced both "serious modern composition and more "lightweight works for stage and screen. That there's any consideration given to this as a subject worthy of academic study might imply there are scholars out there with too much time on their hands. Good music is where you find it, and while Weill's later works had unquestionably wider popular appeal—like so many of the tunes from Broadway shows that have found their way into the Great American Songbook—that doesn't make them any less significant or worthy of attention.

Thankfully, Trovesi and Coscia are both accomplished players who also believe that there are no barriers in music, and that good music can come from as simple a source as an archival folk tune or from a place of more complex composition. They may be serious improvisers, able to get to the core of any piece and expand its horizons, but they're also artists whose tongues are sometimes firmly planted in their cheeks. The ambitions of Round About Weill may seem lofty, but the recording is just as much about having fun, and while there are moments of sublime beauty ("Aber dieses ganze Mahagonny ), there are equal moments of delightful absurdity ("Mahagonny, Scene 4 and "Alabama Song ).

In addition to the Weill compositions, most of which come from his three-act opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny— although there's also a melancholy reading of "Tango Ballade, from Weill's more well-known The Threepenny Opera—Trovesi and Coscia collaborate on a number of compositions that demonstrate such a reverence for Weill that identifying them, for those who aren't intimately familiar with the Weill pieces, becomes an exercise in futility. And their sense of humour remains intact; there are overt references to the pop tune "Blue Moon on "Round About Weill II, with an excerpt from the French round "Frère Jacques showing up elsewhere in the programme.

While Trovesi and Coscia demonstrate their capacity for more abstract dissonance on the improvised piece "Improvvisamente, the disc remains eminently approachable. The whole of Round About Weill, despite being sourced from a number of places, has the distinct feeling of a unified score, making it a worthy followup to the equally focused In Cerco di Cibo. Filled with memorable melodies, this recording pays homage to a great composer in a distinctive and highly personal fashion.

Visit Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Coscia and Universal Classics on the web.

Track Listing: Dov'è la città; Ach, bedenken Sie, Herr Jack O'Brien; Tango Ballade, Improvvisamente; Divagazioni su "Youkali"; Mahagonny, Scene 6; Ein Taifun! ... Tifone? No, pioggerella!; Lieben; Boxen; Round About Weill I/Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man; Mahagonny, Scene 13; Essen; Round About Will II; Tief in Alaskas schneeweißen Wäldem; Ach, bedenken sie, Herr Jack O'Brien, var.; Mahagonny, Scene 4; Alabama Song, var.; Interludio "Ma che modi sono? ..."; Cumparsita Maggiorata; Tristezze de Fra'Martino; Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man.

Personnel: Gianluigi Trovesi: piccolo and alto clarinets; Gianni Coscia: accordion.

Title: Round About Weill | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait CD/LP/Track Review
Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Lost Days CD/LP/Track Review
Lost Days
by Don Phipps
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Cabin In The Sky CD/LP/Track Review
Cabin In The Sky
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Higher CD/LP/Track Review
Higher
by Jim Trageser
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Faroe CD/LP/Track Review
Faroe
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2018
Read The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale CD/LP/Track Review
The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 15, 2018
Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" CD/LP/Track Review Wobbly Dance Flower
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "Dear Friend" CD/LP/Track Review Dear Friend
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 31, 2018
Read "Dust Shines" CD/LP/Track Review Dust Shines
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 13, 2018
Read "Live from Stern Grove Festival" CD/LP/Track Review Live from Stern Grove Festival
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: January 7, 2018
Read "Movement" CD/LP/Track Review Movement
by K. Shackelford
Published: May 18, 2018
Read "Mandala" CD/LP/Track Review Mandala
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 28, 2017