22 marzo 2018

Dopo le sapienti appropriazioni dei repertori di Soft Machine (Dedicated To You... But You Weren't Listening) e King Crimson (Crimson!) l'eccellente Delta Saxophone Quartet sfoglia il catalogo del Bowie del periodo berlinese - ma non solo - e se ne esce con un nuovo capolavoro: Bowie, Berlin & Beyond, fresco di stampa per l'etichetta FMR. Loro sono Graeme Blevins (soprano), Pete Whyman (contralto), Tim Holmes (tenore) e Chris Caldwell (baritono).

Scrive quest'ultimo nelle note di copertina: "This album is the result of the collective work of one saxophone quartet, two composers, an artist, and a sound designer.. all inspired by the iconic pop actor/artist/musician, David Bowie and what he continually pointed towards: the unknown. The Delta Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1984 and held its first rehearsals in SE London not far from Bowie’s Beckenham roots and his Experimental Arts Lab Project. The quartet has always looked to merge the boundaries of its sound world, often combining contemporary jazz, progressive rock and the avant-garde. A constant mission to surprise and experiment, looking to re-invent itself but being respectful to the ‘art form’, very much like Bowie.
This album is a ‘sonic’ and ‘ambient’ stroll through Bowie’s Berlin years and beyond. An Englishman’s ‘doffing the cap’ to the echoes of a European cultural history, a reflection on time past combined with the constant of moving forwards. A recognition of an innate sense of belonging but striving to be independent and creative too. This recording was made at a time when the U.K. has been polarised by Brexit and a breaking away from Europe. Hopefully when the political dust settles there will be a realisation that it’s our shared fragility and not short term power which unites everyone of us. Something David Bowie always knew."