Italy’s Auand progressive record label offers a study in stark contrasts due to its diverse catalogue, including American and European artists, for example. This 2010 release by the Italian threesome Chant, projects the zestfulness of New York City’s downtown scene into a program spanning avant-garde jazz, jazz-fusion, funk and more.
With Libero Mureddu’s arsenal of acoustic and electric keys, the unit delves into off-kilter, ethereal motifs via nightmarish treatments and subtle noise-shaping jaunts. Unorthodoxy serves as an underlying foundation for the wily sequence of events. Essentially, the band covers numerous panoramas, where notions of Rock In Opposition favorites, Univers Zero come to mind, partly due to Antonio Borghini’s heavy bass and sinuous cello lines. Yet the trio does profess a signature calling card throughout.
Enlivened by regimented manic breakdowns including Mureddu’s gurgling synth notes and detuning of the piano strings, the band marches to the beat of a different drummer. However, on "Hold Old Wine," Mureddu leads the rhythm section through a piece that might elicit notions of pianist Bill Evans’ dabbling in the free-zone. Here, they inject quirky noises with playful exchanges, topped off by linear evolvements, as the keyboardist transforms matters into an electrifying aerial assault.
The multi-part "The Dark Cave," is designed on multihued abstracts, where the musicians parallel the inferences of the title amid haunting mosaics, sparked by trickling piano notes, daunting EFX, and a mesmeric gait. No doubt, it’s an album that generates a great deal of interest to complement the uncanny twists, turns and pulsating unison choruses. Hence, the trio offers the antithesis to loosely envisioned and wantonly executed avant-progressive scenarios. These gents are most assuredly on to something with this adventurous and tremendously entertaining affair.