Gaslini new feelings

Album entitled “Nuovi Sentimenti (new feelings), a suite by Giorgio Gaslini. The album is recorded on February 4, 1966 (from 2:30 p.m. to midnight) in the Basilica studios in Milan for the label “La Voce del Padrone.”

The “Gaslini Ensemble E Quartet consisted of: Giorgio Gaslini (piano and leader), Gianni Bedori (alto sax and flute), Jean Francois Jenny-Clark and Ken Carter (double bass), Al Romano and Franco Tonani (drums), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Enrico Rava and Don Cherry (trumpet).

The record marks the meeting of one of the leading exponents of the European jazz avant-garde, Giorgio Gaslini, with two important exponents of the American jazz avant-garde, Don Cherry (trumpeter for Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins) and Steve Lacy (collaborator with Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk).

These in February 1966 were in Italy with their respective groups; having months earlier prospected with the Italian musician the recording of a record together, the two musicians let Gaslini know that they were willing to meet with him in the recording studio.

The session is immediately arranged by Gaslini with the inclusion of all the instrumentalists in Don Cherry and Steve Lacy’s lineups, which include two double bassists and two drummers. For the occasion, the Italian jazz musician throws down the “canvas” of a four-movement suite entitled “New Feelings.”

The suite traces the serial matrix composition that Gaslini has been developing for some time in his record works, the jazz improvisation linked to the “free” background of the American and European musicians involved in the recording, and the doubling of the rhythm section.

In short, in the language expressed by the European-American ensemble, following the musical lines dictated by Gaslini, a unified dimension takes shape where order and uninhibited character, discipline and individual freedom find their place.

Contribution shared by Enrico Pieranunzi.

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