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    ICP & Patrucco, Alessandra – “Circus ” – [Icp]

    Maybe this should be filed under Alessandra Patrucco foremost. She is
    dominant on this release (as a jazz vocalist often can be) and she is the
    one instant composer connecting all nine tracks. I had never heard of her
    before, but evidently she has worked as a singing clown in Italy which
    makes plenty of sense as an apprenticeship to working with this orchestra
    (as opposed to many others). Her vocal acrobatics display multilingual
    (and protolingual) capabilites, her mouth is multijointed. The lead off
    blast is a short rocket fueled by the ageless Han Bennink, and Patrucco
    sliding like a theremin. Operatic oddities pop up on #3, she wail-sails
    over Misha Mengelberg’s crazy croon on #6 (maybe a reference to Tre
    Martelli?? or maybe just an instant lullaby at the end??). Things get
    real clowny on #8, which is called “Toddling” and reinforces my notion
    that a lot of improv/jazz/avant/etc. vocalists are people who remember
    being kids making weird noises. A staple of child chirping leads off
    #2…clucking and popping, by that track’s end Patrucco is lost in her
    own supermarket. Tracks four and seven work a more gossamer and less
    goofballolicious, could hear them up against some of the wispier folk
    pieces these days.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 5, 2007 at 4:52 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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