93

Antonio Gentile/Franco Baggiani: World Two

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Percussion-centric records are not new, but they are somewhat rare. Nana Vasconcelos has released a number of fine recordings where his percussion takes a front-and-centre position. But the difference between Vasconcelos and percussionist Antonio Gentile, who teams up with trumpeter Franco Baggiani on World Two , is that Vasconcelos coaxes an incredibly rich variety of sounds out of a very limited number of instruments; Gentile, on the other hand, sounds so similar on the thirty-five percussion instruments that he employs that rather than celebrating the diversity and flexibility of percussion, it all comes out sounding too much the same.

Keyboardist Maurizio Chigurni certainly doesn’t help. On the six tracks where he is employed he contributes uninspired backwashes which sound out of place amidst all the world-rhythms. Programmer Mino Cavallo provides bass programming that attempts to marry the ethnic sounds with a more contemporary techno-style on “Disco Timba,” and the completely superfluous “Disco Timba Remix.”

This leaves trumpeter Franco Baggianito to provide the melodic interest. Given the uniformity of the percussion and the monotony of the keyboard work, while he is a competent player with a less-than-distinguished tone, he is left with surprisingly little room to develop anything of interest. He is a merely competent player who broadens the scope with multitracking and the judicious use of a pitch shifter, but never really rises above the level of meaningless meandering. And given that he is the writer of four of the ten compositions, he is almost as responsible as Gentile for the static nature of the proceedings, with changes that are as predictable as they are mundane.

There is precious little to recommend about World Two with the possible exception that, with detailed track credits listing the multitude of instruments used, the album could be used as a primer for the young percussionist on some of the instruments at his/her disposal. But it is also a lesson in how more is rarely more. Even with the broad textural capabilities of all his percussion instruments, Gentile never manages to create more than a uniform backdrop with little distinction. The goal of this project is not immediately apparent, but whatever it is, it never comes close to succeeding.

Visit Sound Records on the web.


Track Listing: Eastern Tear; Dumbo

Personnel: Antonio Gentile (triangle, guira, steelcan-chekere, bassdrum, agogo tube, dununba, sangban, djembe, gankogui bell, bamboo slit drums, jam block, double shaker, hi-head shaker, caxixi, tama, sapo, tambourine, ganza,bar chimes, gura, palm seeds, berimbau, spring steelcan, bombo, cuica, tamborim, timba, bass udu, twin udu, piccolo udu, berimbau zabuma, berimbau alto, cajon peruano, cajon comparsa, cajon yambu), Franco Baggiani (trumpet, flugelhorn), Maurizio Chigurni (keyboards), Mino Cavallo (electronic bass programming, bass drum programming)

Year Released: 2004 | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "The Frog, The Fish and The Whale" CD/LP/Track Review The Frog, The Fish and The Whale
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 24, 2016
Read "Bambulaye" CD/LP/Track Review Bambulaye
by James Nadal
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Arrhythmia" CD/LP/Track Review Arrhythmia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 25, 2016
Read "Spectre" CD/LP/Track Review Spectre
by Mark F. Turner
Published: July 24, 2016
Read "Protean Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Protean Reality
by John Sharpe
Published: June 22, 2016
Read "Madjafalao" CD/LP/Track Review Madjafalao
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 19, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!