01-06-2001
"Jazz Improvisation Vol.2/2"
Love Ballads Review (English)
Don’t let the name fool you here. Although most of these titles contain the word “Love”, there is not a lot of ballad playing here. In fact, this CD contains some of the most unusual and unlikely arrangements of these standards that you are likely to ever hear. From Lover Man as a bossa to What Is This Thing Called Love as an outside-funk-free springboard, Love Ballads costantly surprises. Group interplay level is high, even to the extent of improvised contrapuntal lines between piano and sax. But don’t expert this o set the mood for that candelight dinner with your significant other.
There is no nominal leader. Italian saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco (…) is among Italy’s most popular Jazz musicians, and is comfortable spanning styles from traditional swing through approaches which might still be considered avant-garde by those who missed out the trend-settig experimentation of the Sixties. (…) Art Lande is something of an unsung hero in his own country. Thoungh he made his solo debut in 1974, he’s probably better known in Europe, where ECM (his first label) gained much popularity. Piero Leveratto on bass and Roberto Gatto, drums, provide excellent support. With so many changes of tempo, mood and feel, this is a challenging group to follow.(…) Unless you have trouble with a small amount of “outside” blowing (and The End of a Love Affair, which is entirely out there) you’d probably enjoy this CD for its originality and pure good musicianship. (…)
Jan Klincewitz