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BassDrumBone: The Long Road

Enrico Bettinello By

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Decimo disco e quaranta candeline da spegnere per un trio solido e irresistibile come i BassDrumBone di Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway e Ray Anderson.
Si festeggia con un disco doppio che vede come ospiti il pianista Jason Moran e il sassofonista Joe Lovano, scelta del tutto logica data la forte natura avventurosa di entrambi i musicisti, pur in un contesto di continuità con la tradizione.

La musica del trio si nutre degli elementi base del linguaggio afroamericano, il ritmo, il timbro, il forte interplay: in questo senso la sintesi, operata da musicisti che nei decenni hanno condiviso ricerca e palcoscenici con esploratori anche molto arditi come Anthony Braxton o Wadada Leo Smith, dà conto di un felicissimo dialogo tra ciò che è "dentro" e ciò che è "fuori," la tensione sonora è sempre garantita da solide basi geometriche.

C'è molto blues nelle belle composizioni di questo The Long Road, come nell'avvolgente episodio di "Blue Ray." La presenza di Lovano fornisce al trio una qualità polifonica più sottolineata, così come quella di Moran, dal bel tono scuro e percussivo, che riconnette a un lessico pre-bop.

Di Anderson, Helias e Hemingway, cosa possiamo dire nel 2017 che non sia già stato detto? Forse nulla, ma vale la pena di ricordare quanto la freschezza della pratica improvvisativa (le ultime due tracce del disco, dal vivo, ne restituiscono alcuni momenti esaltanti) sia una questione di attitudine prima ancora che di età.
Altrettanti di questi anni, cari BassDrumBone!

Track Listing:
CD 1:
Oh Yeah; Bungle Low; Blue Ray; Kemp; Why Not?; Quompot; Tone L; At Another Time.
CD 2:
Bluish; Different Cities; Cherry Pickin; The Line Up; Land's End.

Personnel: Mark Helias: bass; Gerry Hemingway: drums; Ray Anderson: trombone. Guests: Jason Moran: piano (CD 1, tracks 2, 5 ,7); Joe Lovano: tenor saxophone (CD 1, track 3; CD 2 tracks 1, 3).

Title: The Long Road | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Auricle Records

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