Saturday, January 17, 2015
Vocal Jazz CD of the Month - "Boris Savoldelli & Garrison Fewell: Electric Bat Conspiracy"
Boris Savoldelli & Garrison Fewell: "Electric Bat Conspiracy" (Creative Nation Music/Ninth World Music)
***** (musical performance)
**** (sonic quality)
Produced by Garrison Fewell & Boris Savoldelli for CNM
Recorded & Mixed by Piero Villa @ Rumore Bianco Studio (Ensine, Italy)
Mastered by Kevin Frenette @ Abrasive Chair Music
Photos: Luciano Rossetti @ Phocus Agency
Design: Alessandro Antonuccio
The provocative meeting of vocalist extraordinaire Savoldelli with guitarist Fewell (also heard on percussion in some tracks) results in an astonishing album. Fewell's style -- no matter if playing acoustic, electric or "prepared guitar" -- reminds me of the late British guitarist Derek Bailey. Fewell sounds so adventurous like Bailey, but he has his own musical identity, and, at least on this album, shines specially on the acoustic guitar numbers.
Boris Savoldelli is the Mark Murphy of the new millenium, of the next galaxy, a highly creative vocal stylist that crosses all boundaries. He and Fewell co-wrote most of the songs, using a poetry by Sun Ra on "Silence Is Music," on which Luca Donini plays bass clarinet. The level of energy is even more impressive on the opener, Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," as well as in the jazz standards that they wisely re-construct: "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" (one of Art Farmer's favorite tunes), and two haunting ballads: "My One And Only Love" and "You Don't Know What Love Is," the perfect finale for this more than intriguing date.