Album Review

Mezei, Szilard / Guazzaloca, Nicola – “Lucca and Bologna Concerts” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

Naysayer   9/18/2017   CD, Jazz

A brilliant recording by Hungarian viola player, Szilard Mezei and Italian piano player, Nicola Guazzaloca. These master musicians pair up for recordings at 2 concerts and give performances of improvisational bliss. From slow and quiet almost silence, to loud bursts of volatile sound, Szilard bows, scratches and engulfs his viola, nursing and cursing a rich array of sounds, even bits and hints of Hungarian folk tunes. Nicaola, plucks and strums the inside of the piano then moves to eloquent chords, patterns, trills and other innovations on the piano keyboard. The interplay between them is thrilling to listen to, hearing the two shadow and mimic each other, then explore around the other’s sounds. Serious for sure, but fun. Lots of fun from these improvisers.

you heard it 16 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 1738 days ago, Billie Joe Tolliver played Fourth Improvisation In Lucca
  • 1740 days ago, Gram Sayles played Second Improvisation In Lucca
  • 1748 days ago, Phil Phactor played Second Improvisation In Lucca
  • 1754 days ago, Social Norm played Fourth Improvisation In Lucca
  • 1765 days ago, Cocktailsfor2 played First Improvisation In Bologna
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