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Entrance by Tran(ce)formation Quartet

An Italian quartet featuring Giorgia Santoro on various flutes, the program poses an abundance of intriguing paradoxes via multicultural persuasions, including movements with Indo-fusion components. Whereas, Adolfo La Volpe's often scorching jazz-rock type electric guitar performances, delineate yet another distinct aspect within the grand schema.

Flourishing with ethereal, trance-like meditations amid semblances of enjoying solitude in an ancient temple, these compositions yield lush melodies over-the-top, tinted with Vito De Lorenzi's manifold percussion implementations. At times, the music sparks fond memories of the British flute-driven, ambient band Jade Warrior, where the musicians' cutting-edge simplicity and flotation-type ambiance, offered nomadic soundtracks for the heart and soul. Here, the quartet casts ethereal overtones with subtle atmospherics led by Santoro's angelic and articulately exercised lines. With supple bass parts, flowing rhythms and polytonal shadings, the band also gravitates to lofty heights in climactic fashion, largely due to La Volpe's adroit and spiraling riffs. But they shift the tide on piano great Mal Waldron's "The Seagulls of Kristiansound," as Santoro renders jazzy phrasings on bass flute and morphs an eerie pastoral setting, offset by La Volpe's bluesy off-kilter voicings and cascading rock progressions.

Entrance is an unanticipated surprise for 2011. Engineered on a worldly stance, the music is either delicate, or delicate with rough-hewn layers; therefore, the quartet imparts a tiered disparity to Santoro's resonating flute lines, largely tinted with dashes of echo and reverb. Ambient, yet something you can sink your teeth into, it's an album that spawns a mark of distinction, unlike the caveats set forth by many electronics-based outfits or schlocky, contemporary jazz elevator music productions. These folks have it down to a science by converting the tried and true into a keenly engineered modern uplift.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tran(ce)formation Quartet
  • CD Title: Entrance
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Leo Records
  • Musicians: Giorgia Santoro (flute, alto flute, bass flute, bansuri, effects), Adolfo La Volpe (electric, fretless and acoustic guitars, electronics), Marco Bardoscia (double bass), Vito De Lorenzi (drums, table, esraj, percussion), with special guests on #5
  • Rating: Five Stars
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