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“DOMINO’S TALES”

Artist: Domino Trio

Date of Release: 04/11/2011

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 533

Label: SLAM

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DOMINO TRIO:
MARCO COLONNA Bass clarinet, Baritone & Soprano saxes
FRANCESCO LO CASCIO Vibraphone, Percussion
LILLO QUARATINO Double bass

This recording session develops as a choral tale, a kind of emotional brainteaser where single pieces belong to each of the three musicians, combining in the elements of play and surprise. Creative experience, poetry of the moment, intensity of expression suggest the ideal rules of a performance where the tellers, as in a domino game, reveal their confidence and set out to discover their vision of freedom.

 

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09/01/2012 Vittorio Lo Conte

TRANSLATION
SLAM Productions is a British record company attention to the realities of Italian jazz, which from time to time, among the titles in the catalog, is offered to international attention. The musicians of this trio have come from behind and Roman designs and collaborations in situations as diverse garde to the mainstream. Here they are now in a situation quite advanced and quite convincing results. For soprano and baritone sax and bass clarinet and the flute is Marco Colonna , on vibes and percussion Francesco Lo Cascio and bass Lillo Quaratino. They describe the stories, stories that put together contribute to the high overall level of the disc. The inspiration seems at times given by a British musician, such as John Surman with regard to wind, on the whole, however, for lack of drums, can give a dimension of its own. The thick trialogue with the vibraphone and double bass tuned well to the situations mentioned are a delight for jaded listeners. For example, the flute of The Tale of Rituals , or baritone sax to the short The Tale of Fairies . Another beautiful song, performed without going to rehash the usual models of Christmas music, it's The Tale of Christmas . Worth listening to at the international level, no doubt. Artistic ability, and not hiding out the possibility that the border get the deserved recognition is real.

ORIGINAL ITALIAN
La Slam Productions è una casa discografica inglese attenta alle realtà del jazz italiano, che di tanto in tanto, in mezzo agli titoli del catalogo, viene proposto all´attenzione internazionale. I musicisti di questo trio provengono dall´area romana ed hanno alle spalle incisioni e collaborazioni nelle situazioni più disparate, dall´avanguardia al mainstream. Eccoli ora in una situazione piuttosto avanzata e dai risultati piuttosto convincenti. Ai sax baritono e soprano ed al clarinetto basso ed al flauto c´è Marco Colonna, al vibrafono ed alle percussioni Francesco Lo Cascio ed al contrabbasso Lillo Quaratino. Ci descrivono dei racconti, delle storie che messe insieme contribuiscono all´alto livello complessivo del disco. L´ispirazione sembra data a volte da un musicista inglese, ad esempio John Surman per quanto riguarda i fiati, nel complesso però, anche per la mancanza di una batteria, riescono a darsi una dimensione propria. I fitti dialoghi a tre con il vibrafono ed il contrabbasso ben sintonizzati sulle situazioni evocate sono una delizia per ascoltatori smaliziati. Ad esempio il flauto di The Tale of Rituals, o il sax baritono del breve The Tale of Fairies. Un altro brano stupendo, eseguito senza andare a rivangare i soliti modelli di musica natalizia, è The Tale of Christmas. Meritano l´ascolto a livello internazionale, senza dubbio. Le capacità artistiche non latitano e la possibilità che fuori confine ottengano i meritati riconoscimenti è reale.
Vittorio Lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=4564

 

12/12/2011 jazzalchemist

With Francesco Lo Cascio splitting his time between the vibraphone and percussion this trio manages to create a varied set of music that never looses its direction yet shines with a variety of moods and tones. To begin with the melismatic soprano, enigmatic percussion and just one misty chord of vibraphone in the short "Prologue" followed by pensive and surreal, suspended time (over a long bowed notes and vibraphone smudged chords) of "Tale of Colours" led by the strong yet gentle sound of bass clarinet, patiently unwinding the story. To finish with eerie tones of the metallic plates, elegiac melody of bowed bass joined by a bass clarinet in "Ending".
In between there's the passionate and spiritual playing in "The Tale of Souls", the sweet if uneasy tale of Christmas, the echoes of ancient rites (shakahuchi sound, resonating gongs) in "The Tale of Rituals", the soulful baritone in "The Tale of Dances". Some of these pieces are just pristine miniatures, pictoresque sketches (take the repetitive vibraphone theme of "The Tale of Fairies" as an example). What they all share is the melodic quality that seems so naturally innate to Italian musicians and so elusive when it comes to improvised music. Lyrical yet adventurous.


As always, the perception, the interpretation of the stories told is completely personal and subjective. After all you can see or find in the picture only what you did know or did have in the first place. Like any good story, it only serves as a mirror, allowing you to reveal yourself. "Domino's Tales" opens you to images, sceneries, melodies and thoughts that were always inside you. This music grows on you with each listen as it becomes your own imaginery.
http://jazzalchemist.blogspot.com/2011/10/domino-dominos-tales-slam.html#more

 

18/11/2011 Bruce Lee Gallanter

DOMINO [MARCO COLONNA/FRANCESCO LO CASCIO/LILLO QUARANTINO] -
Domino's Tales (Slam 533; UK) Featuring Marco Colonna on bass
clarinet, baritone & soprano saxes & flute, Lillo Quaratino on bass
and Francesco Lo Cascio on vibes & percussion. This recording session
develops as a choral tale, a kind of emotional brainteaser where
single pieces belong to each of the three musicians, combining in the
elements of play and surprise. Creative experience, poetry of the
moment, intensity of expression suggest the ideal rules of a
performance where the tellers, as in a domino game, reveal their
confidence and set out to discover their vision of freedom. Once
again, the UK-based Slam label introduces us to a new trio of
courageous Italian musicians.
This is a thematic sort-of suite which is titled as "Tales
of...". Each tale evokes a different mood or scene which then evolve
in cinematic ways. The first tale features some playful bass
clarinet, frollicking vibes and subtle bass. Often one instrument
(like the bass clarinet) will start a piece off and then the others
will join in when a certain vibe or groove is established. For "The
Tale of Souls", the vibes kick off the central theme as some
simmering baritone slowly enters. Whether Mr. Colonna is playing bass
clarinet, bari or soprano sax or flute, he is an immensely creative
player. You can tell that this trio has been playing together for a
while and that they have worked hard at developing a group sound.
Although each tale tells a strong story, each one is also connected
to a thread or stream. Sort of like three strong characters in a
fascinating play that develops in a most organic way with excellent
results on various levels. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music
Gallery. Nov 2011

 

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