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Max Johnson: The Prisoner

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L'emergente Max Johnson, cresciuto nel New Jersey e stabilitosi a New York, dopo una seria formazione e una gavetta al fianco di alcuni dei più bei nomi dell'avanguardia s'inserisce di diritto nell'ormai vasta schiera di validi contrabbassisti-leader dell'attuale scena jazzistica internazionale. Questa sua suite s'ispira ad un serial programmato dalla televisione britannica nel 1968 e rivisto con occhio critico dall'autore in anni recenti. Dopo una messa a fuoco dei temi e delle dinamiche del gruppo in alcuni ingaggi dal vivo, il progetto è stato portato in sala d'incisione nel dicembre 2012.

Ogni brano si dipana su strutture compositive a volte semplici e labili, ma ben leggibili: lente e prudenti evoluzioni dell'improvvisazione collettiva conducono a sommessi temi melodici, a insistenze ritmiche, a più concitate sintesi espressive. Compaiono anche veri e propri spazi solistici, ora pacati e riflessivi ora di una concretezza abrasiva, che si avvalgono del coordinato contributo dei partner. Ogni membro del quartetto ha quindi modo di mettersi in evidenza con la sua peculiare pronuncia, ma quello che prevale in questo CD è il mobile, variegato e ricco impasto armonico creato da contrabbasso, viola e sax, mentre più defilati ma sempre opportuni ed efficaci s'inseriscono gli sprazzi batteristici di Fujiwara.
Ne risulta una musica prevalentemente meditativa, decantata da un'austera consapevolezza, modulata su colori lividi e cangianti e basata su un concentrato interplay; un percorso dall'incedere circospetto, ma mosso e concatenato, s'inerpica a tratti in sussulti o declamazioni affermative per poi riappiattirsi in ripensamenti e ricapitolazioni.


Track Listing: No. 6 Arrival / No. 58 Orange Alert; X04; No. 12 Schitzoid Man (Gemini); No. 24 Hammetr into Anvil; No. 48 Living in Harmony; The New Number 2; No. 2 Once Upon a Time / No. 1 Fallout.

Personnel: Ingrid Laubrock: sax tenore; Mat Maneri: viola; Max Johnson: contrabbasso; Tomas Fujiwara: batteria.

Title: The Prisoner | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

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