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Eco D'Alberi by Eco D'Alberi

These veteran Italian improvisers convey freedom of expression with a musical panorama that scales rather well. One of the compelling factors on this live recording pertains to the band’s ability to expand themes and subplots without concentrating on one mode of action. With capacious and unrestricting dialogues to complement a myriad of asymmetrical rhythmic variations, the musicians inject dainty contrasts and temperate flows into the grand schema.

Saxophonist Edoardo Marraffa’s raspy voicings and unbinding processes are effectively countered by pianist Alberto Braida’s fluid choruses and interlinking notes. At times, the musicians pursue a vibe that is derived on fleeting structural components, paired with a hearty stance. However, the program is not monolithic. Think of a sliding scale type groove, gushing with angst, calamity and treated with sobering moments.

Marraffa’s brawny notes and impacting dynamics are contrasted by microtonal musings via his subliminal sopranino sax parts on “Radice.” Here, the quartet journeys to a vast expanse. However the thirty-two minute “Calls,” is a study in rip-roaring improvisation where the band tears themes into shreds amid bad intentions.

Pianist Alberto Braida serves as a near flawless foil for Marraffa with his cascading chord phrasings and hammering block chords. Nonetheless, the musicians profess great synergy and intuitive frameworks. It’s free-jazz, underscored with soul and a clear-sighted group-centric vision.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eco D'Alberi
  • CD Title: Eco D'Alberi
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Porter Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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