Gabriele Mirabassi: Madrugadero




Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet)


Lo Stortino (Egea)

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Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet),

Luciano Biondini (accordion), Michel Godard (tuba), Francesco D’Auria (percussion)


Composed by Gabriele Mirabassi


Recorded: Spello, Italy, May 22, 2000


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Some will argue that Gabriele Mirabassi is not really a jazz musician, and to a certain extent they are right. His straight sound and tone still bear the mark of his breeding as a classical virtuoso, and he doesn't show any influence from such historical players as Barney Bigard or Benny Goodman. But then, his instrument has played such a small role in jazz's evolution over the past half century that it has allowed strong individuals with few strings attached to appear, at least in Europe. Indeed, Mirabassi mostly plays with Europeans, except for Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, who by the way lives in Germany. On this record Mirabassi mostly plays his own tunes with his own group, an unconventional Italian-French quartet. This track sounds like a folk tune, and some purists may again doubt its qualification as jazz. But the way the four players carry this tune from a linear melodic unison between accordion and clarinet to a free rubato exploration around the tuba's growls has definitely more to do with jazz improvisation than with any other musical genre. This bears witness to Mirabassi's open mind and to the Europeans' open vision of today's jazz.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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