Davide Recchia Jazz Trio explores wide creative visions on new CD
(Published: February 23, 2013)
Guitarist Davide Recchia is a musician with a wide vision, one whose talents are not shaped by a single sound or style. On the Davide Recchia Jazz Trio's latest album Perfect Equipoise, various genres and tones are experimented with but not in a clinical fashion; rather, Recchia and bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Alberto Girardi throw caution to the wind and simply jam. The result is a thrilling, mesmerizing album that continually engages the ears.
The fuzz-drenched riffs of "110 Feet from the Ground" is an instant eye-opener. Recchia's distorted guitars push the boundaries of jazz, especially the play-it-safe mentality that has plagued contemporary artists for decades. Recchia isn't aiming for commercial acceptance here. The shuffling, frenetic drumming of Girardi and the thumping bass of Goloubev sharpen its edges further, heightening the electricity. At times, Recchia recalls the transcendent sonic euphorias of Carlos Santana, who may have been an inspiration for this track.
But Recchia refuses to duplicate himself; his appetite for adventure leads to dramatic shifts. For example, "The Daring Dreamer" is the complete opposite of "110 Feet from the Ground." Here, Recchia delivers a chilled, lovingly smooth performance that is made for nighttime romance. "Blues for Petit Philippe," on the other hand, is true grit; Recchia's moody, downtrodden guitars are complemented by Goloubev's thick bass lines, knife-sharp and brimming with atmosphere.
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