Musique Sans Frontières
Two worlds face to face: the exactness of classical music versus the improvisational freedom of jazz. This is where the originality of this CD lies: no compromise, no attempt to create a questionable hybrid, just a dialogue of two different, apparently compatible voices. A record worthy of discovery and careful listening.
Two worlds face to face: the exactness of classical music versus the improvisational freedom of jazz. This is the guantlet Ermanno Basso, music producer at CAM JAZZ, has thrown down to pianist Michele Campanella and saxophonist Javier Girotto. Campanella chose some tunes from Maurice Ravel’s and Claude Debussy’s repertoires, and, together with Girotto, sought common ground where they could meet and express themselves, hereby preserving their own distinctive features. It is neither classical music that is lured by the free form of jazz, nor jazz that makes an attempt at the sober elegance of classical music. This is where the originality of this CD lies: no compromise, no attempt to create a questionable hybrid, just a dialogue of two different, apparently compatible voices. This is what “Musique Sans Frontières” is about. Both the opening and the closing tracks are by Ravel: “Pavane pour une infante défunte” conveys suspended atmospheres that portray the little girl in the title through music. Three of the five songs originally composed for “Miroirs” (“La Vallée des Cloches”, “Oiseaux tristes” and “Alborada del gracioso”) come at the end of the set, narrating and retracing the first similarities between classical compositions and early jazz. Three superb tunes by Debussy are performed in the middle: “Suite Bergamasque”, “Rêverie” and the “Children’s Corner” suite. The whole selection allows Campanella and Girotto to explore the thin border line between jazz and some expressions of the classical music from early 20th century, when the two genres grew and evolved simultaneously, watching and weighing up each other inquisitively. This inquisitiveness also allowed the two musicians, who achieved their professional growth through different paths, to try out a new language, “sans frontières”: willing to look for new expressive nuances, able to combine them in a blend of modern and traditional, they found a different, extremely intriguing course. This is a record worthy of discovery and careful listening.
Recorded and mixed in Ludwigsburg on 4, 5, 6 March 2014 at Bauer Studios Recording & mixing engineer Johannes Wohlleben
Photos by Andrea Boccalini
Liner notes by Brian Morton
|Title||Musique Sans Frontières|
|Catalogue Number||CAMJ 7880-5|
|Display Artist||Michele Campanella, Javier Girotto|
|Release date||Nov 18, 2014|
|Product type||full album|