June 6th 2013
The first release from Novara Jazz Series, the new label associated with the Novara Jazz Festival, presents the unprecedented meeting of American composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the great master of creative jazz, and Eco D'Alberi, one of the foremost Italian avant-jazz groups. The music, recorded live during the 2013 edition of the festival, resounds with great "live" intensity throughout the entire set. Wadada's spectacular trumpet sound is highly integrated within the group sound texture. Very dense sound-events alternate with more open parts within a narrative musical structure, essentially based on deep hearing and tight collective interplay. Features: Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Edoardo Marraffa (tenor and sopranino sax), Alberto Braida (piano), Antonio Borghini (bass), and Fabrizio Spera (drums). From the liner notes by Marcello Lorrai: "Leo Smith, a creative music forerunner, active since the very early period of the Chicago AACM, has often represented a bridge between the Afro-American avant-garde and the European free improv scene. In his long history he has had the chance to experiment in extremely different contexts, showing a particular openness to dialog in the field of the instant music-making practice. Eco d'Alberi seem to have absorbed the entire spectrum of both American creative music and European free improvisation. Beyond different cultural backgrounds and generation gaps, the interest in both adventurous and rational sound-shapes, together with some sort of logical intensity seems to be the common ground of this meeting and this timeless music." A hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies.