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Just Flux

Artist: Free Dot

Date of Release: 01/02/2013

Catalogue no: 2161

Label: SLAM

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By “FREE-DOT”, being the duo of Antonio Cotardo – flutes, voice, bells, piano and Paolo Pacciolla - drums, berimbao, mbira, voice, Jew’s harp, household percussion, piano.

Free-Dot project is a space in which musical and cultural boundaries are broken, and opportunities of artistic dialogue are wide open. It aims at exploring sound and its resonating relationship with silence, creating sonic landscapes and tone colours sparked by the meeting of musical instruments of diverse cultural background. Improvisation is at the centre of Free-Dot’s projects.

Just Flux!, which follows Ariband (SLAMCD 525)- the first recording of the duo released in 2010, is a project of improvised music based on a set of musical instruments and musical objects. No scores, words or any other suggestion was definied before playing. Just flux!

 

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01/10/2013 Bernie Koenig

The notes say this is a project of improvised music
based on musical instruments and objects, hence
the titles of the tunes, which just describe the instruments.
I actually like this idea, not being a fan of song titles which
don’t mean anything. And this is a duo, which I also like.
And just a technical note, the drums are mainly hand
drums, not a drum set.
When I first started listening I thought that the music
was South American, especially with some of the flute
playing, and drumming, or Asian, especially when the
bamboo flute and gongs are used, or mid eastern when
minor scales are used, so I had to check where Lizzanello
is.
The tunes meld into one another, since the moods of all
of them are similar, even though the instrumentation
changes. To my ears, this CD should be listened to as one
long track with changing instrumentation, rather than as
different tracks.
Most of the CD is quite mellow, though, as in “stones,
pot lids” there is more active drumming. And Pacciolla’s c
flute, definitely has some jazz influence. I really enjoyed
“Jew’s harp” not having heard that instrument played in
a jazz context since Dizzy played it back in the 80s.
The interplay between Cotardo and Paciolla is excellent.
There were sections which worked so well they
could have been composed, but that is the beauty of
improvisations between players who listen carefully to
each other.
A nice record, which would make for some very nice
background music, but would also stand up to careful
listening.
Bernie Koenig 1 October 2013
http://www.cadencejazzmagazine.com/membersonly/admin/assets/CadenceOctober2013double.pdf

 

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