CD Skies of Europe (CD 974977), Audio Other
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Skies of Europe
Italian Instabile Orchestra
1. Il Maestro Muratore: Il Maestro Muratore
2. Il Maestro Muratore: Squilli Di Morte
3. Il Maestro Muratore: Corb
4. Il Maestro Muratore: Mer Lo Snob
5. Il Maestro Muratore: l'Arte Mistica del Vasaio
6. Il Maestro Muratore: Il Maestro Muratore [Represa]
7. Skies of Europe: Du du Duchamp
8. Skies of Europe: Quand Duchamp Joue du Marteau
9. Skies of Europe: Il Suono Giallo
10. Skies of Europe: Marlene E Gli Ospiti Misteriosi
11. Skies of Europe: Satie Satin
12. Skies of Europe: Masse D'Urto (A Michelangelo Antonioni)
13. Skies of Europe: Fellini Song
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 527181
Italian Instabile Orchestra: Egenio Colombo (soprano & alto saxophones, flute); Mario Schiano (soprano & alto saxophones); Gianluigi Trovesi (alto saxophone, alto & bass clarinet); Carlo Actis Dato (tenor & baritone saxophones, bass clarinet); Daniele Cavallanti (tenor & baritone saxophones); Pino Minafra, Alberto Mandarini, Guido Mazzon (trumpet); Martin Mayes (French horn); Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone, tuba); Lauro Rossi, Sebi Tramontana (trombone); Renato Geremia (violin); Paolo Damiani (cello); Giorgio Gaslini (piano); Bruno Tommaso (upright bass); Vincenzo Mazzone (drums, timpani, percussion); Tiziano Tononi (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Auditorium F.L.O.G., Florence, Italy in May 1994. Includes liner notes by Marcello Lorrai and Ornette Coleman.
For its second release, this fascinating ensemble chose to record two extended suites by band members Bruno Tommaso and Giorgio Gaslini. Tommaso's "Il Maestro Muratore" (The Master Mason), inspired by the Sardinian sculptor Constantino Nivola, begins superbly with a spirited romp based on a Sardinian folk dance and featuring high-wire soloing by trumpeter (and founder) Pino Minafra and Carlo Actis Dato on bass clarinet. The remainder of the piece meanders a bit, genre-hopping in postmodern fashion but doing so with perhaps less grace than one would wish. The suite ends with a reprise of the opening theme, and one only wishes the same verve and vigor could have been sustained throughout the composition. Gaslini's title piece is similarly wide ranging, though with a early 20th century European cosmopolitan feel befitting several of its dedicatees from art, music, and film. While the thematic material might have echoes of parlor music and cabarets, the solos are firmly in the avant-garde tradition, forming a counterpoint that is initially beguiling but grows a bit thin with repetition. Still, there are jewels within, such as the lovely miniature tribute, "Satie Satin," and the closing homage to Fellini with its luxuriant nods to Nino Rota. At this point in the Italian Instabile Orchestra's journey, the listener still has the impression that the best of this band had not yet been captured on disc, but there are enough high points herein to make it well worth a listen. ~ Brian Olewnick
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