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Audio CD, December 14, 2010
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ICTUS Records
  • ASIN: B0012G7RNY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gianluigi Trovesi - bass & piccolo clarinets, alto & soprano saxes. Andrea Centazzo - drum-set, gongs & cymbals, vibes & marimbas. Recorded in Bologna, Italy, January 1984 (tracks 1-6) and in Passariano, Italy, July 1984 (track 7). Housed in a DVD style case.


Gianluigi Trovesi is one of the most respected jazz musicians of our time: he has recorded extensively for ECM, Enja and other major labels in different combinations with the many of the best jazz players in the world. 'A New Shock!' was recorded in 1983 followed by a concert tour with many other recordings in different combinations. Here you'll find some unreleased material and the older material re-mastered and re-organized from the original sessions. I recall seeing the amazing Gianluigi Trovesi with the Giorgio Gaslini Quintet at the Public Theatre in the seventies and thinking then what a fine saxist he was/is. He still sounds marvelous on these duo recordings. This is a most well-matched duo with both players combining forces and determining the direction throughout. Andrea stirs up a fierce rhythmic storm, as well as having an ongoing dialogue with Gianluigi. Trovesi sounds as if he is using some devices to alter the sound of his sax, but never overdoes it. His tone is too strong to mess with anyway, so he just adds it a bit for certain nuances. One of the things I dig about Centazzo is that his approach to drums & percussion is more diverse and he rarely deals with any more jazz-oriented rhythms. Andrea plays two marimbas on the duos' unique version of "A Day in Tunisia", setting an odd yet winning groove while Gianluigi plays some superb soprano sax. It sounds like cartoon music and it bound to make one smile until it moves into a slower more haunting section with scary gongs and strange doubled saxes. Each piece seems to involve a different strategy and many of the pieces are charted in sections. "Rumble" consists of a marching beat with some great, playful bass clarinet dancing on top. This is one of those rare duo discs that sounds fully realized, as each piece utilizes different ideas and approaches. This is yet another surprising gem from the ever-growing catalogue of wonders at the Ictus Label. --BLG, Downtown Music Gallery

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2013
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Gianluigi Trovesi, b clari, piccolo clari, alto sx, sop sx; Andrea Centazzo, dr, Paite gongs and cymbals, vib, marimba and b marimba.
Tracks 1-6 recorded and mixed in studio, in Bologna, Italy, Jan 1984. Track 7 recorded live in concert in Passariano, Italy, July 7, 1984.

Trovesi is a master artist, capable of playing in many styles on his multiple reeds. Under the influence of Centazzo's questing, ever changing percussion, he's at his most modernist in these sessions (one live, one multi-=taped in the studio). Centazzo was unknown to me until this disc, but he's a find! --one of those (they seem to be largely European) modernist drummers for whom anything that clings, pings, tings or gongs qualifies as a percussion instrument. Whether backing Trovesi's long, flurrying lines or playing on his own, he makes music that is as much tonal as it is percussive, and always interest. It's refreshing.

Trovesi is not the first modern horn player to attempt a duet album with a percussionist. AACM trumpeter Lester Bowie did it with drummer Phillip Wilson in the 60s (Duet, now unavailable). Avant garde violinist Leroy Jenkins did one with Coltrane's last drummer, Rashied Ali (Swift Are the Winds of Life, 1975,available in MP3 download). In 1978, multi-reedist Anthony Braxton and master drummer Max Roach released Birth and Rebirth, and there is Duo, a 1999 release with guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Leon Parker. I have these other albums -I'm sure it's not an exhaustive list of such duos!--but, to be honest, I find most of them exhausting to listen to -good music, interesting experiment, but please, do I have to listen to the whole album at once? (The exception is the Jenkins-Ali album. It kicks.) I do not find this album with Trovesi and Centazzo wearing at all.

It is brilliantly inventive jazz played unconventionally, than which little in jazz music is better.
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