Renato Cordovani – “Cordonbleux at NOF” (AUT Records, 2017)

“Cordonbleux at NOF” is a new avant-garde jazz album which was released by “AUT Records” this July. The album was recorded by great avant-garde jazz masters – it’s Renato Cordovani (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax), Claudio Ingletti (bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax), Francesco Cangi (trombone), Emanuele Parrini (violin), Filippo Pedol (double bass), Stefano Rapicavoli (drums) and Stefano Tamborrino (drums and percussion on tracks 1-4-5). Ensemble musicians are great and experienced avant-garde jazz players. Their free, colorful and vivacious improvisations are full of various music styles which are masterly combined together with avant-garde jazz. Vivacious and moody improvisations of this ensemble musicians always have interesting and unusual sound. The musicians have their own and unique playing style, are masterful and creative improvisers.

The album compositions have very live and colorful sound. Collective improvisations by all ensemble musicians are the main element of the compositions. The musicians try out many different musical expressions, playing techniques and styles. Avant-garde jazz, various dances elements, swing, bebop, post -bop and many other music styles elements are masterly combined together. Memorable, colorful, vital and joyful reeds melodies bring playful and vivacious sound to the compositions. The melodies are illustrated and supplemented by splendid background. The musical pattermn and background consist of various unheard timbres, dynamic and active rhythmic, wide range of playing techniques and musical expressions. Renato Cordovani, Claudio Ingletti and Francesco Cangi form a very solid and strong reeds section. The conversations between trombone, saxophones and various types of clarinets are full of joyful and memorable sound, vivacious and joyful mood, expressive and spontaneous improvising. These melodies are very important elements of improvisations musical pattern and highly effect the main sound of the album. It make compositions to sound happy, lively and joyful. Emanuele Parrini violin and Filippi Pedol double bass melodies are full of extravagant and unusual improvisations, extraordinary playing techniques and various musical expressions. Their melodies magnificent fit together with energetic reeds improvisations and also give an interesting, original and unusual sound to the compositions. Drummers Stefano Rapicavolli and Stefano Tamborrino improvisations are blasts of energetic rhtyhms, unusual percussion sounds and various rhythmic formulas. Monotonic and static rhythmic is contrasting with active and dynamic solos, powerful drum rolls and colorful percussion sounds. The musicians are improvising very different from each other. Their improvisations are based on each musician own and unique playing style, manner and individual sound. Though all these musicians are quite different from each other, they had marvelously combined various musical elements and expressions, own playing styles and expressions into one composition. Free and creative improvising, unpredictable and interesting experiments, sudden waves of styles, vivacious and joyful mood and many other elements create original and splendid sound of this album.

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