Jazz has countless possible combinations. Through Pianeti Affini (trans. “Kindred Planets”) Giovanni Falzone and CAM JAZZ tried out an unusual quintet consisting of trumpet, accordion, trombone, bass and drums and, last but not least, electronics. Throughout more than an hour of music, these six instruments just kept pulling apart and then coming together again in an endless variety of amazing expressions of sound, timbre, rhythm and harmony that are forceful or vibrant and syncopated or hallucinogenic, poignant, distressing or graceful. All the elements in jazz must be mixed with non-stop imagination to obtain this wealth of designs: improvisation, pressing interaction, exchanges, swing and playfulness, but also all the technical and formal exactness required to “create as they go”. On further reflection, like some breathtaking fireworks, the most stunning musical forms, even impromptu forms, only develop when precise conditions – rules – processes exist, failing which such forms would be unfeasible. Exactness enables the conveyance of the true richness of this musical genre and unveils the underlying, unexpected similarities between worlds that only appear distant. Listening to Giovanni Falzone on trumpet, Filippo Vignato on trombone, Fausto Beccalossi on accordion, Giulio Corini on bass and Alessandro Rossi on drums makes us discover five Kindred Planets. Their similarity, so intensely sought and found in those thousand expressions of sound, timbre, rhythm and harmony, is nothing but Jazz.
Recorded in Cavalicco on 2 - 3 February 2017 at Artesuono Recording Studio
Recording engineer Stefano Amerio
Photos by Elisa Caldana
Liner notes by Giovanni Falzone