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Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

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Julian Shore: Which Way Now?
L'inizio è promettente. Archi che aprono gentilmente le danze, sinuosi e senza smancerie, accordi di pianoforte che introducono la melodia, il dialogo tra le parti intimista, ricco di suggestioni, evocativo, con piccole anomalie che esaltano l'armonioso incedere complessivo.

Poi Wich Way Now si incanala verso un'esercizio di stile. Tutto perfettamente calibrato, la precisione di un orologio svizzero, nessuna sbavatura, nessuna concessione all'imprevisto e alla sorpresa. Musicisti impeccabili, sonorità che non disturbano l'orecchio, dosi di zucchero e miele sufficiente a impastare i denti.

Dovrebbe colpire al cuore Wich Way Now?, sciogliere l'ascoltatore in languidi sogni, dolci passioni, romantiche illusioni, ma per lo più scivola via senza scossoni. Certo non mancano momenti nei quali il quintetto esce dal tracciato, le sortite solistiche prendono coraggio, gli arrangiamenti cercano una maggior multidimensionalità, ma sono piccole fiammate che si perdono nel tranquillo, rassicurante incedere complessivo.

Track Listing

Our Story Begins On A Mountain; Which Way Now?; Back Home; Moss, Mansion, Sandstorm; Alpine; Across The Ice; Con Alma; All Heart; Pine Needles; Lullaby (From Clair De Lune).

Personnel

Julian Shore: piano, wurlitzer; Gilad Hekselman: guitar (2-4, 6, 10); Dayne Stephens: tenor saxophone (2-4, 6, 10); Aidan Carroll: bass (2-4, 6, 10); Colin Stranahan: drums (2-4, 6, 10); Godwin Louis: alto saxophone (2, 4); Noah Preminger: tenor saxophone (9), clarinet (8); Michael Mayo: voice (5); Alexa Barchini: voice (5); Kurt Ozan: guitar, dobro, pedal steel guitar (9); Jorge Roeder: bass (7); Samuel Torres: percussion (7); Michael Thomas: clarinet, bass clarinet, alto flute (3).

Album information

Title: Which Way Now? | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Tone Rogue Records

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