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Nordic Circles: Under the Clouds

Angelo Leonardi By

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Dopo l'esordio nel 2015 con Winter Rainbow l'ensemble scandinavo Nordic Circles cambia quasi completamente i componenti (resta il batterista Anders Thorén) confermando i tratti stilistici di fondo: un jazz raffinato che privilegia cantabilità melodica e raffinatezza timbrica. L'ingresso della cantante Siril Malmedal Hauge e la sostituzione della tromba con il sax tenore di Magnus Bakken sono gli unici fatti nuovi sul versante strumentale: la ritmica resta ben assortita con piano, chitarra, contrabbasso (il danese Jesper Bodilsen, noto partner di Stefano Bollani) e batteria.

Registrato nel celebrato Rainbow Studio di Oslo, il disco affascina per gli aspetti citati e non teme di spingersi verso leggerezze pop. Non è affatto una critica. La statura dei musicisti (uno tra tutti: il pianista Lars Jansson è uno storico protagonista del jazz svedese) fa di ogni brano un episodio lirico, anche nei momenti liberamente improvvisati («Searching for Meaning»). La strada intrapresa da quel filone del jazz nord-europeo che esalta linearità melodica, suggestioni timbriche e concitazioni ritmiche (ha toccato l'apice col trio EST) si aggiunge di un nuovo organico, che non cerca suggestioni epidermiche e resta dentro i confini del buon gusto e della qualità.

Il percorso musicale si snoda attraverso seducenti ballad , brani danzanti, incursioni nel folk scandinavo e nel jazz ritmicamente più incisivo («School Dance») con assoli lineari e alcuni momenti memorabili. La luminose interpretazioni vocali della giovane Siril Malmedal Hauge sono tra questi.

Track Listing: Under the Clouds; A Beautiful Smile; Special One; Searching for Meaning; Another Hearth; Ahimsa; Orvieto; Om Natten; School Dance.

Personnel: Siril Malmedal Hauge: vocals; Magnus Bakken: tenor saxophone; Lars Jansson: piano; Jacob Young: guitar; Jesper Bodilsen: bass; Anders Thorén: drums.

Title: Under the Clouds | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Amp Music & Records

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