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    Guida, Claudio / Testa, Marcello ONE Plus ONE – “Platform One” – [dEN Records]

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    Pristine recording, especially of Marcello Testa’s acoustic
    bass, you can see the wood grains in it while listening.
    And Testa’s playing is so strong and catchy, your mind may
    add in drum fills. His partner in sound here is tenor sax
    Claudio Guida, heavier on the sweet smoke more than blistering
    fire. “Monky Tonky” has a possible salt peanuts taste, on
    several tracks Teata’s bass almost trips a funk wire,
    (check out “Steps” after its walk-on intro and wisftul
    beginning, also check the short “Dub Over”) but clearly the
    overall mood is polished and tuneful jazz. “Promenade” lets
    Guida walk like Steve Lacy alone among some clouds. I
    thought the composition of “Three Secrets of a View” was
    the apex here, so beautiful. I enjoyed Guida’s electronics
    adding more to the equation of One Plus One on “Saxobit”
    (blurring ambient edges) and on the outset of “Eclipse”
    (fuzzy farewell in space). Like “Three Secrets” the duo
    excel in the sort of somber ballad style, so “Norvegian
    Mood” and “No Sad Title Found” (all three notably Testa
    compositions). 2012 Italian release and again really
    excellent engineering on this dEN recording.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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