Felice Clemente | Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Massimo Colombo | Piano
The music contained on this disc is written, either for the duo compositions either for piano. In discussion is for aid in the study of classical music to jazz address, which must be interpreted with “swing” and with some notion of improvisation, in fact a good jazz practice is necessary. Some compositions have a polyphonic language and needs a good listen of classical music, particularly the Baroque repertoire. It is music for classical or jazz musicians, first of these to give an interpretation, for the other ones to explore and develop creative compositions while keeping firmly to its original score.
The “ 9 notturni “ (op. 581) are compositions for alto saxophone and piano inspired by the famous collection of Frédéric Chopin, among the greatest piano composers of the Romanticism, marvelous piano player and an excellent harmonizer, absolutely one of the most influent classical musician in the modern context.
For the easy singability, the romantic expressivity combined with simplicity, the harmonization to the border between romance and jazz (thinking of Bill Evans) are essential components of the collection. The “ 9 Notturni” can also be performed by piano only keeping the same score. The “duo Fantasia” (Op. 624) for piano and soprano sax is a track more complex in form, rhythm and interaction between written and improvisated parts, in which it develops improvisation while maintaining a strict classical evolution. The “15 immagini” (op.480) for solo piano are easy samples in which are discussed different musical styles: jazz, latin, choral, folk song, blues.The two compositions at the end of this disc, “L’insaziabile tono” and “La linea di spago”, are made following jazz techniques, even if contaminated with developments related to classical culture: at the thematic exposure follows improvisation on the same structure. The same thematic element is also the final restatement.