It has never been clearer to me that Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi is a treasure for music lovers - whether their chosen genre is jazz, the blurry area between jazz and contemporary chamber music, theme-centered orchestral works, or (as is the case with this recording) simply beautiful music that defies classification. He has worked as a supporting / contributing musician, in duos (notably with the great Italian accordionist Gianni Coscia, but also with Umberto Petrin, the pianist on this recording), in small groups, with his own Octet and Nonet assemblages, and with orchestras. He never fails to compose and perform with taste, feeling and imagination - and luckily for listeners, he continues to challenge himself, expanding his horizons, leaving any `envelope' far behind.
On VAGHISSIMO RITRATTO, Trovesi is joined by pianist Umberto Petrin (an admired composer and performer in his own right, with a dozen recordings as a leader to his credit, in addition to at least 30...
What a stunning achievement! Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi is at his best in this new album, which also feautures Umberto Petrin on piano and Fulvio Maras on percussions and electronics. But what what kind of music is this? Is it jazz? Is it chamber music? Is it crossover? First and foremost, it's melody, pure and sheer melody -- the one you may want to listen to while wandering about the streets of the Italian cities on a sunny day. Trovesi's alto clarinet plays (recreates) ancient compositions (Orlando di Lasso, Luca Marenzio, Monteverdi, Josquin Desprez), which are perfectly at ease with more recent ones (XIX century composer Alfredo Piatti, songwriters Luigi Tenco and Jacques Brel). Intertwined are original tunes by the trio. Soft and gentle is the touch, no notes are used that are not necessary. You can't help but marvel at the beauty of this music. Go grab it!
Oooohhhh, I'm a fool for a clarinet... The music-making of this Italian trio, featuring Trovesi on alto clarinet, Petrin on piano, and Maras on percussion and electronics, is at once intriguing and beguiling. The title translates into English as "most graceful portrait," which is most appropriate to this recording. Snippets of music from composers as diverse as Monteverdi, Pergolosi, Brel, and Orlando di Lasso are mingled with music composed/improvised by the three performers. The program floats along as though part of a dream, the net effect on the listener being one of playful sublimity.
Although this is a most unusual recording, it is also a most enjoyable recording, one that should appeal to a wide spectrum of musical tastes. I do hope ECM brings us more from these three musicians in the future.
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