This Italian trio imparts a cunning and personalized manifesto within the fuzzy area that borders free jazz, jazz-rock and avant-garde musings. The artists' realm of applications and concepts elicit an aura that hovers atop many theme-building episodes, prudently morphing various perspectives into loosely organized structural facets. These components serve as a baseline for both the intricately stylized or hard-hitting parts.
The musicians mix it up via a jam band orientation or generate semistructured motifs amid live electronics implementations and guitarist Giovanni Francesca's rocketing and, at times, heavily distorted lines. Uncannily melding a doomsday approach into a listener-friendly vibe, the musicians tone it down, however, on "Mod 1," where they integrate darkly ethereal treatments with contemplative sound-sculpting mechanisms, adorned by the guitarist's ambient volume control techniques.
The trio operates across a forbidden zone, abetted by drummer Aldo Galasso's periodic accents and metronome-like undercurrent. Otherwise, they slowly raise the pitch with sprawling choruses, unexpectedly intertwining an easygoing country-blues groove during the bridge, tinted with Francesca's delicate inflections. A slice of Americana ends the piece and instills one of many unanticipated niceties spotted throughout a first-rate product that offers more than the norm, especially when considering the breadth of guitar trio fabrications of this nature.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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