Luca Bonvini


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An usual recording, with mixed results, Italian Luca Bonvini fronts a trio with bassist Ares Tavolazzi and percussionist Steve Arg├╝elles through 13 impressionistic landscapes. Bonvini performs alternately on trombone, sackbut, slide trumpet and guqin (a 7-string Chinese zither). There are segments that devolve to new age warbling, but by and large this is an interesting project, a bit off the beaten path. Bonvini sounds something like a minimalist Miles on slide trumpet, and his trombone technique is competent, if undistinguished. His sackbut sounds much like a French horn, while his performance on guqin snares with its attractive atmospherics. The percussion of Arg├╝elles is well highlighted throughout. Ultimately, it is the concept and the arrangements, rather than the individual soloists, which hold the most interest.

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