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Jazz With The Megaphone?

Tongs: Jazz With The Megaphone? (Long Song Records)

A powerful mix of rock and jazz in this extraordinary debut album by a young trio comprised of Luca Serrapiglio, Antonio Bertoni, and Carlo Garof playing a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments in fresh variations.
 

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Luca Serrapiglio-baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, lo-fi electronics

Antonio Bertoni-doublebass, electric bass, effects, sampler

Carlo Garof-drums, percussion, objects, thunder sheet, megaphone, live electronics


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UPC: 8032089000154

Label: Long Song Records
Catalog ID: LSRCD 115/2009
Squidco Product Code: 17212

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on November 13th-18th, 2008 by Ivan A. Rossi at Apricot Studio, Milano.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Through an explosive debut album, a trio composed of young men, already expert musicians, set the tone for a mature record, powerful and clear in its intentions, with a precise and articulated vision of how to mix jazz and rock with strength and character in an instrumental work.

The coherence and the depth of the compositions come together with melodic developments and explorations overflowing with ideas and variations which are stunning without becoming over-thought or pretentious.

Carlo, Luca and Antonio approach all of the instruments available to them, including electronic, with a freshness, skill and curiosity. They pursue tonal developments and experimentations while never losing their way, always resulting in a direct and precise objective that is above all, full of feeling.

"Jazz with the megaphone?" brings together the exhilaration of a typical jazz trio (without harmonic, acrobatic and throbbing instruments) and a disruptive attack of tried-and-true rock formations, compensating for the lack of a "voice" with all of their articulated "voices".

Here it must be discussed the importance of the recording studio as an "added instrument", also found in the best rock music, which is manipulated as such that all of the songs are executed in a rich, personalized style that transcends a more limited live, one-day recording.

The music lends itself to multiple listening sessions, each time revealing more details and nuances to thrill the listener.

It would be a shame to loose ourselves here in a list of musical influences, which are numerous and varied (free jazz? Jazzcore? Punk? Avant Rock? Etno? and so forth). We like to think that the Tongs have produced an album that is brusque, vital, beautiful, emotional, appeals to mind and body, with a marked identity that both evolved lovers of rock and non-purist jazzphiles can like.

"Jazz with the Megaphone" has in fact all ready received praise from some of the best musicians and personalities in the world of jazz such as: John Zorn, Chris Cutler, Massimo Pupillo (ZU), Gino Robair, Xabier Iriondo, and Gianni Mimmo.

The Tongs much prefer playing live, where their musical and theatrical creativity is liberated, giving them a chance to astonish their audience as an "assault trio", as they like to call themselves."-Long Song Records


Artist Biographies

"The Italian Anthony Bertoni is a double bass player-cellist-luthier who likes to extend the sonic range of his old, new and his own invented instruments - among them recycled guitars, double string moth bow, amplified table, tea-set instruments and motorized musical box - with found objects and electronics."-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective

-The Free Jazz Collective (https://www.freejazzblog.org/2018/08/meet-experimental-bass-players.html)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Bootswanna 4:51

2. Lifting Tools 6:56

3. Slippers Follow Me 4:57

4. Polly Polka 4:53

5. Stretched Tongue 5:30

6. Bobo 6:53

7. The House Of Nocino 3:43

8. The Sketch Of The Cat 4:42

9. Old Fish 4:30

10. Am Duong 4:03

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Objects and Home-made Instruments

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