All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

6

Nicolas Masson / Roberto Pianca / Emanuele Maniscalco: Third Reel

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
This Swiss-Italian trio of well-travelled musicians benefits from ECM Records' fabled sonic ambiance, largely brought to fruition by distinct audio engineering processes, owing to spatial characteristics and great depth. Its sound is categorically different than customary jazz, jazz-rock or avant- garde-tinted productions. Whether it's the artists' subtly creative exercises that are introspective and understated, or guitarist Roberto Pianca's hardcore rock guitar voicings manning the helm, the band is also at ease when lightly navigating across rolling hills and winding paths.

Saxophonist Nicolas Masson's surging sax parts often take on spiritual implications. On "Improvisation 2," Pianca's grunge guitar phrasings offer an expansive plane for Masson's yearning lines atop Emanuele Maniscalco's snappy drumming. It's like the musicians are communicating with a higher authority, but with might and fortitude. With asymmetrical progressions framed on lament and solemn improvisational segments, the trio's diverse offering elicits a sense of anticipation throughout.

The trio enters a forbidden zone during "Freeze," amped by Pianca's distortion-laced notes and Maniscalco's tumbling tom rolls; yet Masson's singing choruses on "Improvisation 4" subliminally translate into an imaginary scenario of Billie Holiday belting out an avant-shaped blues number. The trio mixes it up within the free-zone on "Neuer Mond," engaging in a clustering series of dialogues that serve as a robust vehicle for Masson. Intense and sublime, Third Reel presents an emotively charged force that yields an abundance of hearty rewards amidst the dips, spikes and offbeat passages, all meshed into a transcendental time warp of sorts.

Track Listing: After All; Furious Seasons; Orbits; Improvisation 2; Bley; Neuer Mond Prologue; Improvisation 5; Miserere; Freeze; Fasten; Ginkgo; Sparrow; Spectrum; Eleventh Winter Tale; Improvisation 4; Neuer Mond.

Personnel: Nicolas Masson: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Roberto Pianca: guitar; Emanuele Maniscalco: drums.

Title: Third Reel | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Third Reel

Third Reel

ECM Records
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Gegenschein CD/LP/Track Review
Gegenschein
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 15, 2018
Read Perception CD/LP/Track Review
Perception
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 15, 2018
Read DeiCont | Philips Collective CD/LP/Track Review
DeiCont | Philips Collective
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 15, 2018
Read Cooking Groove CD/LP/Track Review
Cooking Groove
by Jim Olin
Published: July 15, 2018
Read Heaven & Earth CD/LP/Track Review
Heaven & Earth
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 15, 2018
Read Heart Of Brazil CD/LP/Track Review
Heart Of Brazil
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 14, 2018
Read "From Beyond" CD/LP/Track Review From Beyond
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: March 16, 2018
Read "Old Soul" CD/LP/Track Review Old Soul
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: February 26, 2018
Read "Painted Pillars" CD/LP/Track Review Painted Pillars
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 7, 2018
Read "Blued Dharma" CD/LP/Track Review Blued Dharma
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: June 5, 2018
Read "Contrast" CD/LP/Track Review Contrast
by Thad Aerts
Published: May 19, 2018
Read "Home Counties" CD/LP/Track Review Home Counties
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 10, 2017