Azurka is the orchestral summa of a long artistic path deriving from the collaboration between the saxophone player Claudio Fasoli and the author, arranger and orchestrator Riccardo Brazzale. Fasoli is one of the historical artists of Italian and European jazz; Brazzale is one of the most interesting figures in the jazz scene of the last decade.
Theirs is a musical journey covering almost seventeen years in their careers, each time marked by an infecting melodic-rhythmic inspiration and also – as in the more recent numbers - by an approach that Fasoli turns to ritual, even obsessing features.
Everything is set in Brazzale’s colourful orchestration, moving from contrapuntal and harmonic complexities to the funny quotations from Davis and Coltrane, from Evans’ sounds to Shorter’s modal playing. Needless to say that one must not forget the excellent soloists surrounding Fasoli: from Birro to Negri, from Gregory to Gassman, from Tacchini to Migliardi and many others like the very original and futuristic Brazzale, caught playing a 19th century pipe organ in a no safety net duo with Fasoli’s soprano sax.
- arrangiaments and conduction
- soprano sax and bass clarinet
- bass trombone
- baritone sax and bass clarinet
- trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet
- trombone, tuba
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