The collaboration between Andrea Centazzo and Lol Coxhill lasted a few years and saw them in mainly 3 different combinations, the two playing as a duo or with trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini or with the trumpeter Franz Koglmann. In 1987 Coxhill, Centazzo and Schiaffini met in Pistoia for a recording session that became the LP 'Moot'. This is the first CD reissue of two seminal LP's featuring the soprano sax master Lol Coxhill along with Andrea Centazzo and Giancarlo Schiaffini; Lol plays solos on the 'Lid' tracks. Housed in a DVD style case.
I know of trombone pioneer, Giancarlo Schiaffini from just a handful of records: A trio with Thurston Moore and Walter Prati, a solo disc on Random Acoustics and a rare sextet record on Horo. The trio half of this disc features a great, well-balanced, most distinctive and highly creative trio. Centazzo plays orchestrally, balancing (in the center of) the muted trombone and playful soprano sax excursions. Centazzo most often works with textures and the subtle placement of sounds, rarely dealing any groove elements. This trio brings out the more serious side of Lol's playing and he fits perfectly. Pure Euro-style improv has a magical side when is works at its best level. This trio is a righteous example of that as they blend their sounds into a surprisingly consistent combination. Since the trio often moves slowly and cautiously, they sound as if someone has directed and partially notated their connected flow. On "Mooting # 4", Andrea takes an impressive, rambunctious drum solo, spinning quickly and eventually making dialogue with the trombone and soprano sax. For the 'Lid' half of this disc, Lol Coxhill plays solo soprano with layers of loops. The sound is somewhat like Terry Riley's looped sax on his early recordings. There is a quaint and quietly hypnotic sound to the layers of saxes on "Lid #1". Lol's delightfully playful and melodic side comes out nicely on "Lid #2". The not-so-slight but selectively used reverb adds some mystery to this piece as well. Lol sounds as if he is playing or at least inserting fragments of a (recognizable) melody on "Lid #4". The final section of "Lid #5" features a fine repeating marimba line with Lol's soprano dancing sweetly on top. This is another gifted trio that only the Ictus label could provide. --BLG, Downtown Music Gallery