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Juggernaut

Artist: Indu

Date of Release: 03/11/2014

Catalogue no: SLAMCD554

Label: SLAM

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The Duo Indù, based in Bologna, was formed in 2012 by Claudio Vignali (piano & keyboards) and Andrea Grillini (drums and percussions), later adding a further dimension through Achille Succi, alto sax and bass clarinet. In this 2013 studio session the duo is joined by Succi on 3 of the 9 tracks
Except for the Tim Berne composition, the CD is a collection of originals by Vignali and Grillini reflecting their classical and avant-garde influences on the jazz they play.

 

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02/02/2015 Brian Morton

A remarkable spectrum array of styles from this imaginative duo: the music ranges between the dark onrush of drum-and-bass to jazz-styled things on which piano and/or new member Succi’s reeds dominate. At times, there are echoes of Foug Scharin’s HiM or even Frank Zappa in his Jazz From Hell/Synclavier period, but with bebop elements. It’s an album that punches well above its weight, or well above its very short duration. No longer than the average 1970s LP, but one never feels short-changed because each track packs a punch, and often executes multiple changes of direction. The only non-group composition is Tim Berne’s Van Gundy’s Retreat, a typically tough and uncompromising line from the saxophonist.

The beats are punchy but with acres of light and shade. Grillini has the same kind of touch as the late Stu Martin, particularly in his duo work with John Surman, thumping but musical. When Succi is involved, the dominant idiom is closer to jazz, and his bass clarinet work on the penultimate Eyeliner combines thoughtful impressionism and swing. Vignali’s piano playing has a flowing quality that is reminiscent of American minimalism, though one of the strengths of the session is that each short piece has direction, intention and a clear sense of destination. Remarkable music.

Brian Morton Jazz Journal February 2015.

 

26/01/2015 Rotcod Zzaj

Indù – JAGGERNAUT: DIG those headphones out – NOW! You can’t listen to this (at least for the first go-round) unless you’re totally “wired in” & in need of a musical fix! & I don’t care what you call it, for me, this is “power jazz”… as you listen to the wonderful Rhodes work on “Icarus“, you’ll know exactly what I mean… man, this is some fiery keyboard work… it will infuse you with a sense of energy you’ve never experienced before. From Italy, Andrea Grillini on drums and percussions Claudio Vignali (piano & keyboards), with Achille Succi on alto sax and bass clarinet, the group will just blow you away… my personal favorite of the nine tunes offered up is the 7:04 “Eyeliner” – just loved the keyboard on this, and you’ll hear all the other instruments in their splendid glory, too! If you’re looking for high-energy and highly creative, this is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.98. Get more information at the SLAM Productions label site for this release. Rotcod Zzaj

 

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