Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Corleone: Wei Wu Wei (Etnagigante / V2 Records Italia, 2005)

Trumpeter Roy Paci is one of the most ubiquitous protagonists of the contemporary Italian music scene. Though he's known mainly for his ska/jazz band Aretuska and his work with many artists in the left-field area of Italian pop music, he's also very active in the experimentation on traditional music and quite renown abroad for his collaboration with such diverse artists as Peter Gabriel, Manu Chao, the Flying Luttenbachers and some Senegalese and South American world music ensembles.

Corleone is a jazzcore band chiefly in the vein of John Zorn's most genre-grinding projects. Prodigal jazz soloing, askew rhythm interlockings and occasional electronic meddlings meet ever-present references to Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota soundtrack styles, African music forays, hip-hop assaults, Southern Italian folklore and more atmospheric episodes. Fantômas's well-known vocal terrorist Mike Patton, jazz accordion player Antonello Salis and noir bookwriter Carlo Lucarelli have some guest apparitions which contribute to enrich the style kaleidoscope of the record.

Though fiercely chaotic, "Wei Wu Wei"'s rich of complex structures and intrications and the classy musicianship of the Corleone crew often gives the album a much more refined (and really jazzy - they often sound actually more Tim Berne than John Zorn) taste than the one of most other iconoclast jazzcore bands. Most of all, Corleone don't take themselves seriously and every track is a very light, fancyful and hilarious surprise.

  1. Come si chiama?
  2. Skit#1 "Emigrant Song"
  3. Doverosi sballi
  4. Skit#2 "Clarimachine"
  5. Come Live Your Life With Me
  6. Skit#3 "_"
  7. Meglio un bombardino oggi, che un bombardino domani
  8. Skit#4 "Ghost Ship"
  9. 'U Riavulicchiu E I Ciancianedi
  10. Skit#5 "Asterisco"
  11. Armoniaca
  12. Skit#6 "Pattern 21"
  13. Tutto Diventerà Rosso
  14. Skit#7 "T77"
  15. Tromba L'oEil
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