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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Storie di Note 274 1166

  1. G.Continuo
  2. Fragmenti 1
  3. Interference
  4. Afromenia
  5. Fragmente 2
  6. Il Richiamo
  7. Numeri
  8. Koine
  9. Just Feel
  10. E per non fare la fine di quella talpa
  11. Fuori dal Tempo

Rita Marcatulli – piano
Andy Sheppard – saxes
Anders Jormin – bass
Javier Girotto = saxes
Stanley Ray Adams – trombone
Metaxu – Electronic Effects
Luca Garbarelli – double bass
Pietro Tonolo – background brass arrangements
Anja Garbareck – voice

The only name I recognise on this record is that of Andy Sheppard on Sop & Tenor and his contribution is instantly recognisable on the tracks on which he plays. The arrangements and compositions are by Rita Marcatulli, who also plays piano throughout.

I am not altogether convinced that this album should be reviewed by the jazz section, every track contains some improvisation, but for the most part it isn’t jazz as I understand it. I feel sure that Rita Marcatulli would disagree, it is easy to hear that she is an accomplished pianist, arranger and composer and that her music is intended to jerk old farts like me out of their comfort zone. The problem for me is that I am not sure what I am being jerked into! There are many other influences besides jazz here, there is certainly a folk influence and a desire to tell a story through music, but I’m afraid it’s not for me. The problem that seems to beset any attempts of fusion where jazz is involved is that they often seem to me to result in confusion. That being said however the musicians involved are all good players and the record will no doubt have its admirers.

Don Mather


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