Pasquale Innarella / Evan Parker / Pasqualle Innarella Orchestra

Pasquale Innarella: Pirotecnie Sonore

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Blending Italian concert band music with avant-garde jazz, this clever set of four compositions from French hornist Pasquale Innarella is an unusual and compelling work of art. Recorded live (but later edited for CD), Innarella composed straightforward march and dance pieces for brass band, and supplemented them with some of the leading avant-garde jazz improvisers, including British saxophonist Evan Parker, French tubaist Michel Godard, trumpeter Guido Mazzon, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Renato Geremia, and percussionist Mauro Orselli. While the band and the improvisers remain fairly separate, the results are great fun, in Ivesian tradition. The solos, including those by the leader, are uniformly outstanding, and the spirited harmonies keep the entire session upbeat and often exhilarating.

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