Artist: Strade

Date of Release: 23/09/2016

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 574

Label: SLAM

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Giovanni Ferri – alto saxophone;
Mirco Ballabene – double bass, electronics;
Mirco Bindelli – drums, percussions

The STRADE project's objective is to experiment shamelessly heterogeneous sounds, from geographical latitudes and different musical genres. The idea basically is to tell stories, because the tracks are constructed as narratives in the making, that are in the musical development of a possible interpretation of "movement".

Giovanni Ferri is an artist who works in theatre, visual arts , and also produces musical performances with alto sax in a more or less radical improvisational contexts , realizing projects in Italy and Japan

Mirco Ballabene plays with different improvisation and jazz ensembles. In 2011 he recorded the album "Vìreo" for the label Aktivraum, with Fabio Mina on flutes and Danilo Rinaldi on drums, and featuring Markus Stockhausen. In 2015 SLAM Productions released the first Triologos album, "traces of chants", a project with Paolo and Bruno Cerboni Bajardi. In 2015 he plays in the “Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome” in Turin. He studied with Silvia Bolognesi, Stefano Battaglia, Matt Brewer and Matt Mitchell.

Mirco Bindelli began playing drums in 1992 at the age of 14 years as a self-taught , later began studying with Maestro Adriano Pedini, which , over seven years he faces different stylistic genres and explores the jazz improvisation technique. From 2000 to 2010 took part in seminars and master classes with the drummer Massimo Manzi, Hellas Bandini , Carl Palmer , Jan Paice , Paul Motian , Peter Erskine , Horacio " El Negro " Hernandez .

1. Amalasunta (Aki Kaurismaki docet) 5:02 Giovanni Ferri
2. Primoamor 6:02 Giovanni Ferri
3. Influenza A 4:52 Mirco Ballabene
4. L'innominato 5:08 Giovanni Ferri
5. Marisa 5:27 Giovanni Ferri
6. Luci rosse (aprés Georges Simenon) 6:04 Giovanni Ferri
7. El cicco 8:55 Mirco Ballabene
8. L'ora grigia 4:01 Giovanni Ferri
9. L'agente segreto 5:52 Giovanni Ferri
10. Espresso a Oriente 9:15 Giovanni Ferri
11. Todo modo 5:00 Giovanni Ferri
12. Ostinato 4:50 Giovanni Ferri

Recorded 1, 2, 3 November 2014
Lunik Studio, Pesaro, Italy
Recorded and mastered by Davide Battistelli.




01/02/2017 Brian Morton

If Italo Calvino had played saxophone, he might have sounded like this. Each piece is cast in the form of an atmospheric story with ghosts, secret agents, travellers and lovers as the passengers on a virtual train. The titles might suggest Graham Greene or Joseph Conrad, but Georges Simenon and film-maker Aki Kaurismaki are the only other artists explicitly cited. Stylistically, it draws on tango, klezmer, or the simple, emphatic rhythm of a street band in a hill town.

Ballabene plays some lovely things with the bow and is apparently responsible for some sound treatments and (possibly) pre-recorded elements. Bindelli keeps the music in motion, evoking footsteps, dance, train-track repetition, under currents of ennui or fear, It’s really effective and a further illustration of the confident way Italian musicians are setting aside (except on the raunchy Influenza A) exclusively American models in pursuit of a new synthesis of European sound-cultures. I loved it for its unpretentious subtlety and sense of life. .
Brian Morton Jazz Journal February 2017.


31/10/2016 George W. Harris

Giovanni Ferri’s alto sax teams up with Mirco Ballabene/b and Mirco Bindelli/dr for a dozen originals. Ferri’s got a real strong and masculine on his alto, almost giving hints of Gato Barbieri on tenor during pieces like the cataclysmic “Luci Rosse” and the tango of sorts called “Amalasunta.” There’s a nice bop line with ride cymbal as Ferri cries out on “El Cicco” and he broods with a bel canto during “L’innominato.” Interplay with drums ranges from the rumbling “Influenza A” to the white knuckler “L’agente Segreto” while the rhythm percolates on ”Todo Modo.” Fervent!
George W. Harris • October 31, 2016 http://www.jazzweekly.com


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