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Kirk Knuffke, Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre

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Kirk Knuffke, cornettista poco meno che quarantenne, e Ben Goldberg, clarinettista invece ormai prossimo ai sessanta, entrambi nativi di Denver ed entrambi con un palmares di collaborazioni del tutto ragguardevole, formano il duo che firma questo interessante album, inciso nel 2014 ma uscito solo nei mesi scorsi.

La firma congiunta apposta a tutti e quattordici i brani in scaletta ci fa intuire che ci troviamo in presenza della fatidica seduta di improvvisazione, però con un senso della forma e della struttura assolutamente invidiabile. Domina la grammatica free, però senza che ciò renda il prodotto particolarmente ostico. Vi si respira un clima che non sarebbe dispiaciuto a un Jimmy Giuffre, e non solo per l'uso che fa Goldberg del clarinetto.

Magari qua e là può accadere che i due performers si lascino prendere un po' la mano da qualche eccesso di cerebralità, da qualche ripetitività (entrambe del resto, considerato il contesto, quasi fisiologiche), in un gioco a volte scarno fino all'osso (per esempio in "Paonia"), altrove più deciso e partecipato, ma sono quisquiglie, come avrebbe detto il grande Totò. Che non c'impediscono di segnalare questo Uncompahgre come un lavoro per più versi esemplare del dialogo a due targato terzo millennio.

Track Listing: Saguache; Basalt; Blue River; La Junta; Ouray; Gypsum; Rocky Ford; Leadville; Granby; De Beque; Paonia; Fairplay; Carbondale; Cortez

Personnel: Kirk Knuffke: cornet; Ben Goldberg: clarinet.

Title: Uncompahgre | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Relative Pitch Records

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