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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CD Review - Kekko Fornarelli Trio: Kube Room of Mirrors.

Kekko Fornarelli (pno. Rhodes. Sunth); Luca Bulgarelli (bs); Gianlivio Liberti (dms).
Inspired by the late Swedish pianist, Esbjorn Svensson, Kube Room of Mirrors is Italian pianist Fornarelli's attempt, and I quote, to draw jazz out of the narrow circuit of its appreciators, bringing it to the general audience.
Whether he will achieve this in today's pop cultured musical climate is debatable. However, what is beyond discussion is the man's talent both as a pianist and composer. I'm not normally susceptible to a program of undiluted originals but this is as compelling a piano trio disc as I've heard for many a long 32 bars. The moods are absolutely enthralling ranging from, exploratory probing - seeking out exactly the right harmonic progression before building up for the big finish - to straight ahead contemporary jazz and the many nuances in between. These include Debussy-like passages that are integral to the flow rather than thrown in for mere effect and a measured use of Synthesizer.
Above all, this is a trio with all of the component parts contributing.at the highest level. Bass and drums are outstanding giving Fornarelli the stimulus and impetus for his improvisations whilst creating their own texture and colour to the musical canvas.
If you were/are into EST or Brad Mehldau this CD should appeal. Check out this sample.
Lance.
Kekko Fornarelli performs on May 16 at the Italian Cultural Institute in London (39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX). It would be nice to hear him in other parts of the UK.
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Kekko Fornarelli - Kube Room of Mirrors (Auand Records, LC 24354)

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