28 dicembre 2014


Anche Novara Jazz apre i propri archivi e inaugura una serie di pubblicazioni in cd a tiratura limitata atta a documentare alcuni concerti ed eventi delle passate stagioni. La partenza è col botto: Wadada Leo Smith con Eco d'Alberi, dal vivo al Conservatorio Cantelli il 6 giugno 2013. Wadada Leo Smith: tromba; Edoardo Marraffa: sassofoni tenore e sopranino; Alberto Braida: pianoforte; Antonio Borghini: contrabbasso; Fabrizio Spera: batteria.

One of the boldest albums we've heard from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in years – a set that takes us right back to his key contributions of the 70s! The recent performance has Smith's trumpet in the company of an Italian quartet – with tenor and sopranino sax from Edoardo Marraffa, piano from Alberto Braida, bass from Antonio Borghini, and drums from Fabrizio Spera – all players who are never entirely free, and instead have the cohesion of some of the best New York groups from the loft jazz years – right down to the overall conception of each track, and even the way the material was recorded. Smith sounds brilliant in the setting – still attuned to the textural experiments that have made other recent records great, but playing with a power that's definitely old school, and wonderfully soulful too.