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Stones Of Contention : Stones Of Contention (Citystream)

Sicilian pianist Tommaso Vespo assembled the multinational sextet of Antonio Aiella (bass), Noel Taylor (clarinet), Antonio Longo (drums), Nicola Hein (guitar), Ricardo Teje (saxophone), and Tommaso Vespo (piano), blending lyrical jazz, chamber, and free improvisation.

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product information:

UPC: 889211457595

Label: Citystream
Catalog ID: CTYCD00107
Squidco Product Code: 22342

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold


Antonio Aiella-bass

Noel Taylor-clarinet

Antonio Longo-drums

Nicola Hein-guitar

Tommaso Vespo-piano

Ricardo Teje-saxophone

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track listing:

1. Ungeeignet 3:54

2. Mindel 7:09

3. Cubicle 10:39

4. Dystonie 6:25

5. Der Schonste Junge Im Dorf 8:52

6. C'aiu Iaddi 7:13

7. Cruce 5:33

8. Relleno De Liquido 6:37
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"The Sicilian pianist, Tommaso Vespo, assembled the six musicians that play on Stones of Contention. He invited Spanish, English and German colleagues that he knew from the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra to come to Sicily and join up with himself and two local musicians.

Stones of Contention is the evocative title that Vespo entitled the result. The meaning is elusive. Does it refer to some ancient ritual, or to an archaic and long-forgotten conflict? Perhaps the 'stones' have some sort of mystic power or are they mere tokens of power, to be shuffled like dice? Above all - we would wish to know are they the subject or object of 'contention'? But we will never know the answer to this, because Tommaso Vespo himself does not know. 'Stones make sounds' is his cryptic explanation.

What we can say is that this is music that seems to seethe with unresolved undercurrents, as if some clandestine dispute is secretly encoded in sound. There is a sense of restlessness, of disruption, of things being tossed aside, of a discourse full of exclamations, shouts and whispers. There is an irascible quality that seems to persist throughout, like a nagging thought at the margins of a dream that never entirely resolves. Yet towards the end we hear a great clamour arising, a thunderous chorus of wild voices - on piano, drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and drums - all acclaiming, all contending, all shouting to an un-hearing heaven that this is their sound, this is their music, that these are the Stones of Contention."-Citystream

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