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.