Album Review

Gebbia/Gianetto/Nunn/Palma…. – “A Night in Palermo ” – [Ratascan Records]

Max Level   1/8/2006   CD, Jazz

Freewheeling, outer-limits jazz sounds recorded live in 1998. The players hook up in various combinations, presenting a different lineup on every track: sax/bass/bug/drums, sax/styrofoam, voice/bass/bug, voice/saw, bass/bass, to name just a few. (Yep, I said bug, styrofoam, and saw. There’s also a bike horn and a waterphone on here?). The CD insert breaks down who’s doing what where. G.Gebbia’s versatile alto sax appears on about half the pieces. Drummer G.Powell shows a good feel for the other musicians. He kickstarts the blazing chaos that is Track 1; too bad his superb drumming only shows up in a few places on this release. When M.Palma’s vocals go operatic, they don’t do much for me. Nice, though, to hear her shift gears and get totally weird, as she does in her duets with T.Nunn and G.Robair, both of whom add plenty of their own nuttiness throughout the course of this CD. Track 10 is a tasty sandwich, with bassists L.Giannetto and D.Smith on the left and right, and Nunn’s bug crashing around in the middle. Never a dull moment with this bunch.

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