Missouri was the site for this
live set from two Italians whose previous work Iíve raved about (
Franco Degrassi / Gianni Lenoci-ASC contemporary Jazz- ASC-CD#25).
For the initial bit, seven minutes or so, thereís the feeling of a
machine shop shuffling off its tension after a hard dayís work. This all
happens of course after the humans have left. Then the piano comes in
and reminds you what a crazy sort of harp it is. Time then for the shop
talk to get ethereal and more obviously electronic, followed by an
interesting investigation of the sound of creaking wood and metal
fixtures. This sound gets more abstracted and, in time, gives way to
shoals of silvery metal fish swimming by. Maybe I should be saying that
Lenoci does this and Degrassi does that, but it comes across as
non-human sounds. Thatís the magic of the duo, to appear to remove
themselves from the record. This is very high level playing and a great
argument for the art of the improviser.