Album Review

The Gianluigi Trovesi Octet “Fugace” [ECM] (cd)

cujo   7/5/2005   CD, Jazz

Unique Italian octet led by reedman/composer Trovesi plays 3637 seconds of tightly-controlled, masterfully-performed, ultra-calm, improvisatory soundscape of clarinet sturdily buttressed by pairs of brass, drums, and low strings. Along the way, you will hear strains of swing, harpsichord interludes (the sipariettos), funk, Jimi, W.C. Handy, Satch, scratch, electronic doodling, Ennio, calypso, Italian folk song, Alfredo Casella. The liner notes would have you believe the success of this smoky flowing jazz journey is all due to Trovesi’s upbringing in some kind of Italian post-war musical melting pot, but I hear the success owing far more to the decade these 8 have spent together improvising. Smooth like a good gelato.

-Cujo, January 2005

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