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    Mimmo, Gianni and Blunt, Alison – “Lasting Ephemerals” – [Amirani Records]

    Free-soaring duet with Mimmo on soprano sax and Blunt on violin.
    The title cut drops an oxymoron and a side long improvisational
    piece that at the outset feels like Mimmo and Blunt are flying
    independent of each other, even at times it feels like a more
    aggressive competition. The cavernous beauty of the London church
    where this was recorded almost tricks the ear into relaxing,
    the sharpest quick-stop attack note falling away into soothing
    decay. If it’s a cliche to make a duo, a trio by referencing
    the environs as a player, I stil think it’s apt. (And credit
    due to Matt Saunders for capturing that to tape and vinyl
    on Mimmo’s own label. If the angles and invention of the title
    track are tack too much, perhaps try “Scherzo” the shortest
    piece on here, launching with almost a bop vibe, but the iciest
    bop that’ll ever drop. “Elliptical Birds” was my favorite with
    an almost crystalline beauty and more cooperation, if not
    exactly harmonizing between Mimmo and Blunt. Pretty much any
    stretch of music here will turn your life into a Bergman film.
    The black and white streamlined clothing of the cover doves
    with that idea. Both players employ extended techniques,
    the sputter, the scrape, the tunnel of the soprano, the
    spider of the violin, the results are an abstract art that
    will not reassure many, but will entice some of us with the
    quick and not necessarily easy improvisations.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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