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Pianist, Umberto Petrin is known for his work with the widely acclaimed “Italian Instabile Orchestra,” while generally residing as one of Italy’s premier modern jazz pianists. Petrin once again attains a comfort zone performing alongside his longtime musical companions, bassist, Giovanni Maier, and drummer, Roberto Dani. Saxophonist, Assif Tsahar joins the group on two tracks, while poet, Milo De Angelis adds a narrative to one piece.
The group establishes a pattern from the onset of the opener titled, “Clair De Lune.” Here, we find Petrin investigating a potpourri of divergent themes in concert with the rhythm sections’ accelerating and/or reverberating patterns. The band frequently alters the pitch via an abundance of acute angles and loping rhythmic exercises. On “Nervosa Evidenza, Pietre, Iridi, Carver,” Petrin devises a relatively complex set of frameworks via contrasting choruses while the thoroughly musical Dani modifies the undercurrent with well-placed rims shots and subtle tonalities. Meanwhile, Maier is a monster bassist and as expected, demonstrates near flawless command of his instrument!
Tenor saxophonist, Assif Tsahar engages in a good old blowing session during the free jazz style opus “As The Doors Swing Open, Crack Or Slam,” whereby Petrin responds in true call and response type fashion. Overall, this is a solid effort; however at times, the production suffers from a lack of continuity, as many of the often-elusive motifs give the appearance of being stitched together. Otherwise, Petrin and co. effectively let their imaginations run rampant throughout these altogether absorbing works!
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.