Simbiosi (Ita)

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Review Text This collection of duets between saxophonist Pietro Tonolo and four different pianists -- Paolo Birro, Rita Marcotulli, Danilo Rea, and Riccardo Zegna -- is a case in jazz journeymanism. Each of the selections here, whether originals or adaptations of pop tunes ("Fool on the Hill") is a lyrical study. Tonolo's lyricism is so pervasive, in fact, it gets In the way of his improvisational style. Unlike melodic saxophonists such as Paul Desmond, Art Pepper, or Jimmy Giuffre, Tonolo, who shoots for the same bright stars, stays so deep inside his melodic structures he never extends them or himself as a player. It's difficult to know what kind of musician he is when the arrangements and accompaniment are this stilted and rigid. In his pairing with Marcotulli, and Birro especially, to white-hot pianists, the dialogue is one-sided, these tow musicians merely providing a backdrop to Tonolo's playing. That playing is fine, very fine, as far as its technical prowess goes, but as one who is either improvising or attempting to offer an entirely new read on a cultural rock (Charles Ives' "Like a Sick Eagle"), there is precious little that's new or different, and none of it remotely unexpected. This is a waste of a fine opportunity. ~ Thom Jurek

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Peter Herzog - 5:05
  2. 2. Finestre - 7:06
  3. 3. Caravan - 3:55
  4. 4. Time Stands Still - 4:10
  5. 5. Bizha - 3:24
  6. 6. Intercity - 8:38
  7. 7. Tip Toe - 4:06
  8. 8. Tutto Cio Che Sei - 6:53
  9. 9. Little Foolish - 4:43
  10. 10. Humus - 5:39
  11. 11. Bamboo - 5:11
  12. 12. Do U Lie 4 Me - 3:16
  13. 13. Fool on the Hill - 4:04
  14. 14. Gnosswing (from Eric Satie) - 6:03
  15. 15. Gammon - 4:28
  16. 16. Like a Sick Eagle - 2:35

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8/31/10 

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