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Jason Kao Hwang: Stories Before Within

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Tra i tantissimi violinisti apparsi negli ultimi tempi sulla scena jazzistica o nelle sue immediate vicinanze va certamente preso in considerazione anche il nome del cinquantunenne Jason Kao Hwang.

Musicista di origini cinesi (ma nato in Illinois), Hwang ha lavorato molto non solo in campo jazzistico: oltre ad aver dato il suo contributo a Butch Morris, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill e William Parker ha scritto per il Teatro, per il Cinema, per la Televisione e ha composto musica da camera.

Stories Before Within è il secondo disco del suo ottimo quartetto Edge (il primo era Edge, uscito per la Asian Improv Records nel 2005) con cui propone una musica che, come recita il titolo, sviluppa una trama dalla lunga gittata orizzontale e un interessante sequenza di piani melodici e armonici sovrapposti ma spesso sfalsati, che creano un risultato dinamico e molto stimolante. Su questo impianto di fondo, all’interno dello stesso pezzo, si alternano diverse concatenazioni tematiche e preziosi momenti solistici.

Oltre agli evidenti richiami al folklore orientale ("Cloud Call" e "Third Sight") ascolterete sprazzi di groove ("From East Sixth Street" e ancora "Third Sight"), caracollanti portamenti jazz ("Walking Pictures"), un'intensa ballad basata su una lunga metopea musicale ("Embers")e una dinamica improvvisazione collettiva. Hwang richiama nel fraseggio i capiscuola del violino free, ma nel timbro è essenzialmente figlio dell'Accademia.

Aspra ma al contempo feconda è la tromba di Ho-Bynum, mentre il corpulento basso di Filiano è l'autentica colonna portante del gruppo.

Track Listing: Cloud Call; From East Sixth Street; Walking Pictures; Third Sight; Embers.

Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet; Andrew Drury: drum set; Ken Filiano: string bass; Jason Kao Hwang: composer, violin, viola (track 3).

Title: Stories Before Within | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Innova Recordings

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