Italian soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo meets Boston guitarist Garrison Fewell for 10 freely improvised duets of strong dialog balancing technical and lyrical skills with an ebullient intensity and warm spirit, engaging the listener in their joyful dialog.
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Label: Long Song Records
Catalog ID: LSRCD138/2016
Squidco Product Code: 21940
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at dEN Studio in Norvara, Italy on October 31st, 2014 by Steffano Ferrian.
Garrison Fewell-electronic guitar, percussion
Gianni Mimmo-soprano saxophone
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"Gianni Mimmo: Improviser and composer in the fields of jazz and experimentation on his own original projects, mainly focused on relationship among distant artistic declinations, Gianni Mimmo (1957) has built an international reputation for his unique treatment of musical timbre and his exploration of advanced techniques on the soprano saxophone.
His style has developed a unique blend of abstract lyricism and contemporary flavours and his works have been excellently reviewed by international magazines and webzines.
Based in the Milano area, Italy, Gianni started his research at the end of the '70s playing as saxophone player (mostly alto and baritone saxes) with several Italian experimental bands and investigating the relationship between music and spoken word in countless performances in theatres, communities, houses, streets, political sit-ins, auditoriums and small houses.
In 1994 Gianni Mimmo switches to soprano sax after some lessons/conversations with Steve Lacy who opens him the door to a different attitude and perspective in music.
Since then Gianni dedicated himself to soprano sax only.
The music-text formula drove him to work with poets, writers and singers. [...]"-Gianni Mimmo Website (http://www.giannimimmo.com/sites/default/files/bioENG.pdf)
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1. Flawless Dust 2:14
2. Song 2:56
3. Coherent 2:21
4. News From Beyond 6:30
5. Struggente 4:03
6. Other Song 1:22
7. A Floating Caravan 13:47
8. Other Chat 1:07
9. Grainy Fabric 4:39
10. Ghost Track 1:42
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"An enlightened dialogue, not barely a musical one, between Gianni Mimmo and Garrison Fewell, two Elsewhere oriented minds driving us to intense phenomena. Molecular heart beats, cosmic dust, silent flashes, humble and powerful sparks. Respect and introspection liven up a dance of hands around instruments, bursting new and luminous intersections. Flawless Dust is a flow of ideas, questions and answers often surprising even for these musicians with a work of tireless research that spans over decades. Kindness and layerings: gentle spirits opened to a soul warming light."-Long Song Records
Soprano sax player and composer in the fields of jazz and experimentation on his own original projects mainly focused on relationship among distant artistic declinations, Mimmo has built an international reputation for his unique treatment of musical timbre and his exploration of advanced techniques. His style has developed a unique blend of abstract lyricism and contemporary flavors and his productions have been excellently reviewed by international magazines and webzines. His current projects include collaboration with musicians as John Russell, Daniel Levin, Harry Sjöström, Alison Blunt, Hannah Marshall, Elisabeth Harnik, Clementine Gasser, Lawrence Casserley, Martin Mayes, Gino Robair, Jean-Michel van Schouwburg, Nicholas Isherwood, Ove Volquarts, Gianni Lenoci , Cristiano Calcagnile, Nicola Guazzaloca, Xabier Iriondo, Peter Brötzmann, Enzo Rocco, Angelo Contini, Stefano Pastor, Stefano Giust, Alessio Pisani, with dancers Marcella Fanzaga, Norontako Bagus Kentus, Sebastian Prantl, photographer Elda Papa, video artists, and poets as well. He extensively tours in Europe and USA invited by international festivals and venues and runs the indie label Amirani records.
Guitarist Garrison Fewell established himself as a distinctive voice throughout his 30+ year career. Critics have called him "one of today's most personal guitar players" (Boston Phoenix), "an assured stylist with a strong sense of tradition" (The New Yorker), "a player of virtuosity and swinging intensity" (UPI), and "refined, passionate, and inspiring" (Guitar Player). His diverse discography as a leader for labels such as Soul Note, Koch, Accurate, Splasc(H) and Boxholder counts multiple titles ranked on best of the year lists in publications like Coda, Guitar Player, Musica Jazz, the Boston Music Awards and his hometown Philadelphia Inquirer. Prominent sidemen on his recordings include saxophonist John Tchicai, pianists Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely and George Cables, bassists Cecil McBee and Steve LaSpina, and drummers Billy Hart and Matt Wilson.
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Boston Area Improvisers