Skies of Europe

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
For its second release, this fascinating ensemble chose to record two extended suites by band members Bruno Tommaso and Giorgio Gaslini. Tommaso's "Il Maestro Muratore" The Master Mason, inspired by the Sardinian sculptor Constantino Nivola, begins superbly with a spirited romp based on a Sardinian folk dance and featuring high-wire soloing by trumpeter and founder Pino Minafra and Carlo Actis Dato on bass clarinet. The remainder of the piece meanders a bit, genre-hopping in postmodern fashion but doing so with perhaps less grace than one would wish. The suite ends with a reprise of the opening theme, and one only wishes the same verve and vigor could have been sustained...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
For its second release, this fascinating ensemble chose to record two extended suites by band members Bruno Tommaso and Giorgio Gaslini. Tommaso's "Il Maestro Muratore" The Master Mason, inspired by the Sardinian sculptor Constantino Nivola, begins superbly with a spirited romp based on a Sardinian folk dance and featuring high-wire soloing by trumpeter and founder Pino Minafra and Carlo Actis Dato on bass clarinet. The remainder of the piece meanders a bit, genre-hopping in postmodern fashion but doing so with perhaps less grace than one would wish. The suite ends with a reprise of the opening theme, and one only wishes the same verve and vigor could have been sustained throughout the composition. Gaslini's title piece is similarly wide ranging, though with a early 20th century European cosmopolitan feel befitting several of its dedicatees from art, music, and film. While the thematic material might have echoes of parlor music and cabarets, the solos are firmly in the avant-garde tradition, forming a counterpoint that is initially beguiling but grows a bit thin with repetition. Still, there are jewels within, such as the lovely miniature tribute, "Satie Satin," and the closing homage to Fellini with its luxuriant nods to Nino Rota. At this point in the Italian Instabile Orchestra's journey, the listener still has the impression that the best of this band had not yet been captured on disc, but there are enough high points herein to make it well worth a listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 731452718129
  • Catalog Number: 527181
  • Sales rank: 274,844

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Italian Instabile Orchestra Primary Artist
Enrico Rava Trumpet
Gianluigi Trovesi Clarinet, Reeds, Bass Clarinet, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet
Giorgio Gaslini Piano, Anvil
Mario Schiano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Paolo Damiani Cello, Double Bass
Carlo Actis Dato Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Guido Mazzon Trumpet
Bruno Tommaso Bass, Double Bass
Tiziano Tononi Percussion, Drums
Martin Mayes Flugelhorn, French Horn, Mellophonium, Mellowphone
Pino Minafra Trumpet, Flugelhorn, megaphone
Giancarlo Schiaffini Trombone, Tuba
Renato Geremia Flute, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Eugenio Colombo Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Alberto Mandarini Trumpet
Sebi Tramontana Trombone
Vincenzo Mazzone Percussion, Drums, Gong, Timbales, Timpani
Daniele Cavallanti Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Umberto Petrin Piano
Lauro Rossi Trombone
Technical Credits
Ornette Coleman Liner Notes
Martin Wieland Engineer
Steve Lake Producer
Sebi Tramontana Augmenting
Marcello Lorrai Liner Notes
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