InSight - MUSICA JAZZ
InSight - AAJ Italia [ita]
Using only tenor saxophone (Stefano Ferrian) and piano (Simone Quatrana), the Milan-based improvisers express their ideas and teamwork as A-Septic during the seven duos which make up Syria. The two, who have recorded with players such as Ken Vandermark and Mikolaj Trzaska, dedicated this CD to that war-torn Middle Eastern country. Yet its emphasis is on music not propaganda. Most of the time, perhaps in a suggestion of peace-keeping, it’s Quatrana’s near-recital-ready piano strategies that provide comforting counterpoint to Ferrian’s harsh and bellicose exposition and vice versa. This occurs on “Storm Wi (N) Dow Me” as the saxophonist’s wide vibrato and triple tonguing is moderated with sprawling glissandi so that the high-pitched puffs eventually meld alongside low-frequency keyboard variations. The converse is a track such as “Broken Watch” where circular moderato keyboard lines are challenged by the saxophonist’s irregular split tones which escalate to sheets of sound. Making a virtue of different conceptions, Syria is most profound when great swaths of pianism moderato jerky reed expression and irregular vibrations.