Aldo Romano: Ghost Spell


Ghost Spell


Aldo Romano (drums)


Threesome (Emarcy 981 773-5)

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Aldo Romano (drums),

Danilo Rea (piano), Rmy Vignolo (bass)


Composed by Aldo Romano


Recorded: Udine, Italy, November 21-23, 2003


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

This tune is based on a very simple and soft bouncing beat, maintained throughout by the rock-steady drummer, while the pianist frolics all over his keyboard with a masterful control and sense of construction. The bass is minimal, only briefly foraying out of its 4/4 walking role. The real crazy cat here walks on 88 keys. Going from single notes to block chords, from virtuoso phrases in the upper register to earthy bass lines, from unisons with both hands to harmony and melody tackled by each, Danilo Rea never lets your ears rest. Still he doesn't show off, always keeping in touch with his quiet partners while creating a real miracle of subtly organized contrasts.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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