Thursday, March 22, 2012

Post Jazz Mistress, "Global Warming"

After 10 years of playing together the Italian guitar-bass-drums trio Post Jazz Mistress have developed the kind of rapport, blend, and kinetic energy reserved for the very talented and collectively persistent units in the music. I say that and yet I don't believe I have ever heard the band until now and their new release Global Warming (TRP Music 0057). It's Osvaldo Di Dio, Vincenzo Virgillito, and Antonio Fusco, on guitars, contrabass and drums, respectively.

The album has some of the lyricism of Metheny, the controlled spaciality of later Terje Rypdal, and perhaps a few other things in there as well. There is a compositional and instrumentational division of labor that comes out of a sure and passionately committed treatment of their material. All three voices are equally important in the putting across of a piece and the improvisations that come out of it. Like the old classical jazz '78s, a number may be 2/3 compositional, but when the solo comes in, you are ready for it and the soloist says what he does with a sort of haiku profundity-in-controlled-brevity.

The pieces, the integrated trio sound, and the gorgeous guitar and bass wood/metal drums skin/wood/metal sensual beauty of it all make this one a knockout. Sophisticated jazz-rock lovers take note. This one will make you smile and then play it again, smile and play it again, smile...

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