4

Mauro Schiavone: UFO

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Mauro Schiavone: UFO The amalgamated form of a fully integrated jazz trio is thing of beauty. A united ensemble finds each note played by the pianist somehow anticipated by bass and drums. When said trio is primed even for improvised passages, then the performance is something special.

Perhaps pianist Mauro Schiavone's trio record should have been titled "ESP" instead of UFO.

The disc contains five trio pieces, three with the addition of guitarist Francesco Guaiana, and one that adds saxophonist Gaspare Palazzolo. In between, Schiavone lays down four short "Frammento" (Fragments)—solo piano pieces.

The music references that of Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson whose use of the piano trio drew from classical jazz and modern beats. Schiavone's references to Svensson begin with "Risiko!" an intricate techno sounding acoustic jazz composition that oscillates between a sympathetic post-bop and a more contemporary sound. Schiavone has a way of combining styles that leave traditionalists satisfied, but also please modern ears.

"Follow Me" is a breakneck speed piece of post-bop piano with each player rushing towards a crash and derailment that never happens. When the pianist eases back, Gabrio Bevilacqua's bass walks (no, runs) through a delicious solo. The same speed is heard on "Inquieto," a restless piece that was penned by the pianist but could have easily been part of the rock band Nirvana's repertoire. The pounding quiet-to-loud beat of Roberto Pistolesi mimics the same pummeling of Schiavone's keyboard.

Of the three tracks with guitarist Francesco Guaiana, the ballad "Leaves" strikes the strongest chord. Schiavone's abilities at both the keyboard and in composition demonstrate that he is a complete musician.

Track Listing: Un'idea Fissa (Frammento); Risiko!; Esbjörn; Follow Me; Inquieto (Frammento); Un'idea Fissa; Inquieto; Ufo (Frammento); Leaves; My Man's Gone Now; Way Back Counterpoint; Esbjörn (Frammento); UFO.

Personnel: Mauro Schiavone: piano; Gabrio Bevilacqua: double bass; Roberto Pistolesi: drums; Francesco Guaiana: guitar (9, 11, 13); Gaspare Palazzolo: tenor saxophone (6).

Title: UFO | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Improvvisatore Involontario


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Flesh & Bone CD/LP/Track Review Flesh & Bone
by Troy Collins
Published: August 22, 2017
Read Generations CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017
Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 7, 2016
Read "Crystal Machine" CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Machine
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 23, 2017
Read "Calvins Toboggan" CD/LP/Track Review Calvins Toboggan
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Red Nation "1"" CD/LP/Track Review Red Nation "1"
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 20, 2017
Read "avantNOIR" CD/LP/Track Review avantNOIR
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 29, 2017
Read "Electric Ascension" CD/LP/Track Review Electric Ascension
by John Sharpe
Published: October 5, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.