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Matt Pavolka: The Horns Band

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A dispetto della sua ventennale presenza sulla scena musicale newyorchese, apprezzato e trasversale collaboratore di musicisti quali Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Ben Monder, Tony Malaby, per citarne alcuni, Matt Pavolka è solamente al suo secondo album da leader. Inspiegabilmente aggiungiamo noi, perché questo The Horns Band è album con i fiocchi e rivela le eccellenti doti di leader del contrabbassista, compositore, occasionalmente trombonista, originario di Bloomington, Indiana.

The Horns Band -che trio di fiati ha riunito Pavolka ! -rimanda a quelle formazioni degli anni cinquanta/sessanta, perlopiù quintetti e sestetti, caratterizzate dall'eccellente qualità dei solisti, da una lucida direzione musicale e da una particolare cura negli arrangiamenti. La musica che si ascolta in questo album è così vigorosa ed elegante allo stesso tempo, con una elevata qualità degli assoli, mai sopra le righe, fantasiosi e pertinenti, finalizzati ad arricchire le trame della scrittura con gusto e personalità.

Così che, pur essendo essenzialmente scritta, la musica di The Horns Band trasuda libertà, con ampi spazi che si aprono grazie all'estro e alle invenzioni dei solisti, sollecitati dal dinamismo propositivo della sezione ritmica. Il suono è compatto, coeso, pur nella varietà delle atmosfere ora potenti ed energiche, come se a soffiare ance ed ottoni fosse un'intera orchestra, ora leggere e sofisticate con un'attenzione alle sfumature di stampo cameristico.

Track Listing: Acid Metacognition; The Evening Redness in the West; Lullaby; That Night the Blind Man Dream That He Was Blind; The Evolution of Artificial Light; Guermo; Vheissu; Recollected Forward; Anti-Green Plate Gives Mr. H. More Power.

Personnel: Matt Pavolka: contrabbasso, trombone; Kirk Knuffke: cornetta; Loren Stillman: sax alto; Jacob Garchik: trombone; Mark Ferber: batteria.

Title: The Horns Band | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

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