Sunday, March 29, 2015

GIORGIO GASLINI SESTETTO – Graffiti (2LP-1978)




Label: Dischi Della Quercia – 2Q 28005
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Italy / Released: 1978
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation, Avant-garde
Recorded at: Live al Teatro Lirico di Milano il 22 novembre 1977.
Engineer: Giuseppe Setaro
Cover Photos: Paola Mattioli
Sextett Photo: Laura Rizzi

G r a f f i t i
A1 - Black Out ........................................ 9:54
A2 - Soul Street ....................................... 7:58
B1 - Ballo Popolare Sui Navigli .............. 5:42
B2 - Black Night, Black Light ............... 12:25
C1 – Tastiere .......................................... 12:05
C2 - Mexico City Free ............................. 9:22
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D1 - Alle Fonti Del Jazz .......................... 8:15
D2 - La Ballata Del Pover Luisin ............ 8:47

Giorgio Gaslini  piano, electric piano, spinetta
Gianni Bedori  tenore and soprano sax
Gianluigi Trovesi  alto and soprano sax, bass clarinet
Paolo Damiani  double-bass
Gianni Cazzola  drums
Luis Agudo  percussions

In 1960 Gaslini wrote and recorded the music for Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece La Notte. Five years later he made a record called Nuovi Sentimenti (New Feelings), with a band including Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, two bassists and two drummers: an early example of a European musician embracing the avant garde. Since then he has written and recorded music in just about every conceivable format, from solos and duos through a regular quartet that featured the fine Italian tenorist Gianni Bedori, to quintets, sextets, septets, octets and many kinds of  large ensemble; he has composed jazz pieces for his own big band and the Italian Instabile Orchestra, symphonies, choral pieces, ballet scores, and an opera called Colloquio per Malcolm X.

 Giorgio Gaslini
 Gianluigi Trovesi

...However, the most fully realised music is contained on the two albums devoted to a sextet he led in the late ’70s, with Bedori on tenor and soprano saxes, Gianluigi Trovesi on alto and soprano sax and bass clarinet, Paolo Damiani on double bass, Gianni Cazzola on drums and Luis Agudo on percussion. The first of them, dating from 1977, is called Free Actions and sounds today as fresh and compelling as any post-Coltrane jazz that was being played anywhere in the world at the time. Better than that: anyone listening to the brilliantly imaginative solos of Bedori and  Trovesi against an active, hard-swinging ostinato figure during the fifth and final movement of the suite from which the album takes its name might well find themselves thinking of the current Wayne Shorter Quartet, and concluding that the Italians are not shamed by such an exalted comparison, even though they were making their music almost three and a half decades ago.

The second sextet album, Graffiti, was recorded live in Milan the following year and is equally as good. Again it’s a suite, and one of the movements — called “Soul Street” — brilliantly captures the spirit of the Charles Mingus of East Coasting and Jazz Portraits. It’s also in this track that Gaslini’s piano solo demonstrates how well he can blend the free with the funky. Once again Bedori and Trovesi are outstanding throughout, while Damiani’s sinewy bass lines remind me of his British contemporary, the late, lamented Jeff Clyne...


My favorite album for this month. Enjoy!



If you find it, buy this album!

19 comments:

  1. GIORGIO GASLINI SESTETTO – Graffiti (2LP-1978)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    1fichier:
    https://1fichier.com/?of5kq37jvz

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  2. I am extremely impressed along with your writing abilities, Thanks for this great share.

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  3. Many thanks, Vitko! This album is really masterpiece!

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  4. Good stuff!
    Thank you Vitko!






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  5. Thanks for reminding me!
    This, with the Live At The Public Theater In New York (1980), is also among my favorites albums of Gaslini/Trovesi partnership...

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    1. I fully agree with you, I have long thinking whether to put this album on my blog because you have your beautiful subtle "Jazz From Italy", I thought it maybe you have a plan to put it one day, but how it has not happened, I could not resist. This is really a great album, together with the aforementioned Live In New York, Free Actions and of an earlier G. Gaslini Quartetto - Murales, without Trovesi.
      All the best..
      V

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    2. You did great!
      as onxidlib says, CAM has republished almost all of Gaslini, saving his music but "killing" the covers and liner notes...
      do you know GRIDO?
      http://jazzfromitaly.blogspot.it/2010/02/giorgio-gaslini-big-band-live-grido.html

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    3. Yes, I took with a great delay, but for the enjoyment is never too late.
      Thanks.

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    4. Gaslini's "Grido" is included on L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N° 5 (1968), CD N° 6 (1969-70) with one shorter title more (also with Lacy).
      It's on Soul Note ‎– 121354/5-2
      Sadly it seems OOP at the source.

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  6. Excellent post and music.
    This was reissued last year through CAM Jazz in a 11 CD box.
    The box contains several albums: MURALES, NEW ORLEANS SUITE, FREE ACTIONS, GRAFFITI, SHARING, LIVE AT THE PUBLIC THEATER IN NEW YORK, ECSTASY, FOUR PIECES, INDIAN SUITE, MONODRAMA, SKIES OF CHINA. Recommended listening
    http://www.camjazz.com/boxsets/giorgio-gaslini.html

    What's more there are four double CDs with recordings from Gaslini called L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N° 1 (1948-63), CD N° 2 ;
    L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N° 3 (1964-65), CD N° 4 (1966-68) ;
    L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N° 5 (1968), CD N° 6 (1969-70);
    L'Integrale - Antologia Cronologica - CD N°7 (1973), CD N°8 (1973-74) .
    These CDs includes a lot of wonderful music.
    Not only with Italian musicians as f.e. Enricoa Rava, Eugenio Colombo, Eraldo Volonté or Guido Mazzon but also with among others Don Cherry, Paul Rutherford, Jean-Luc Ponty, Steve Lacy or Harry Beckett.

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    1. Wow, what riches in one place, I am very grateful onxidlib on this information.
      Cheers.

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  7. Vitko:
    Many thanks for this fine offering! I don't know if this is the right place to raise a question and request: a definitive LP rip of William Hooker...Is Eternal Life in the folowing format:

    A Drum Form (Wings (Traditional) / Prophet Of Dogon / Still Water / Desert Plant / Tune)
    B Soy: Material / Seven

    Bass – Mark Miller (3)Tenor Saxophone – David Murray


    C Passages (Anthill)

    Alto Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Hasaan DawkinsTenor Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Les Goodson


    D1 Pieces I & II
    D2 Above And Beyond

    Can it be done?

    Many thanks, and I hope the question and request weren't inappropriate.

    Best

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    1. I do not have a LP (he is truly a rarity), but give me some time, I'll try to find it through their friends.
      Regards.

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    2. Three sides were published by SOTISE, some time ago, on Inconstant Sol... you could try asking a new upload

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  8. scans of my Graffiti LPs

    http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/QWUKTKCP/gg-scans.zip_links

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  9. many thanks, and great collection brian italian jazz

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