Abetted by a resonating ECM Records-like sound processing aesthetic, the quartet generates a detailed soundscape, spanning minimalism, microtonal exchanges, looping effects and more. With Maneri's streaming viola and guitarist Andrea Massaria's multifarious implementations atop the rhythm section's asymmetrical pulses, the music is apt to be gradually climactic, soaring or sublime.
The amazing synergy displayed is a free-form partnership that was seemingly meant to be. The diverse integration of blues stylizations is evidenced on an ode to guitar god Jimi Hendrix, simply titled "Hendrix." On this piece, Massaria's stinging e-guitar lines offers a cunning insight into the possibilities of avant-garde type frameworks. It is a true metamorphosis of disparate avenues, driven by off-kilter chamber and improvisation. Moreover, the quartet covers pianist/composer Carla Bley's "Batterie," which is designed with fractured bop grooves amid hints and shades of the primary theme.
Interspersed with Arrigo Cappelletti's jazzy passages and rhythmic block chords, the musicians generate imaginative themes, largely directed by drummer Nicola Stranieri's budding support. He's the transmission of the vehicle so to speak, and helps regulate the undulating flows. Otherwise, the ensemble revisits the blues on "Free Waltz," which is a composition that features swirling movements and a potpourri of enticing abstracts.
This 2011 set looms as one of those unanticipated surprises that spawn a nouveau perspective on the tried and true. A near flawless conception, teaming with resiliency and interesting four-way interactions, Metamorphosis bridges the gap between austerity and joy. Highly compelling, the band navigates through a very special musical space that yields gratifying results.