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Loren Stillman: Trio Alto - Volume One

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Ampiamente praticata e codificata dai grandi esponenti del jazz moderno, la formula sax-contrabbasso-batteria in chiave mainstream è un terreno impervio, su cui scivolano sovente i solisti anche bravi.

In questa direzione si muove la più recente produzione discografica dell’alto sassofonista Loren Stillman, qui a capo di un trio solidissimo, con i collaudati Steve LaSpina e il batterista Jeff Hirshfield. Tre musicisti preparati e di ampie vedute, per un avvincente gioco di destrutturazione degli standard, variati sul piano delle tonalità e dei nuclei melodici originari. Sull’esempio di Lee Konitz, era questa la strada giusta per non incorrere nella trappola del deja vu ed in fastidiosi paragoni con alcuni giganti del solismo jazz.

Due sono le carte vincenti di Stillman: dialoghi serrati e creativa scomposizione/ricreazione istantanea dei brani, per infondervi un feeling e una pratica strumentale rappresentativa del più libero jazz contemporaneo. Un trio davvero all’altezza della situazione, capace di imporre un ritmo ed un percorso sonoro completamente diversi e a volte sfuggenti, rispetto ai modelli seguiti.

È il caso dei due brani (“Turn Out The Stars”, “Time Remembered”) di Bill Evans, totalmente stravolti nel loro andamento originario, per acquistare toni spigolosi e frastagliati. E lo stesso dicasi per il brano parkeriano e per quelli del songbook statunitense di inizio ‘900. Tutti soggetti a continue e piacevoli sorprese, da parte di un super-trio.

Track Listing: 01. Long Ago And far Away (J. Kern); 02. Turn Out The Stars (B. Evans); 03. Red Cross (C. Parker); 04. The State Of The World (L. Stillman); 05. All The Things You Are (Kern/Hammerstein); 06. Time Remembered (B. Evans); 07. What Is This Thing Called Love (C. Porter); 08. Body And Soul (J. Green); 09. The Touch Of Your Lips (R. Noble).

Personnel: Loren Stillman (sax alto); Steve La Spina (contrabbasso); Jeff Hirshfield (batteria).

Title: Trio Alto - Volume One | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: SteepleChase Records

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