Baggiani Sabatini Ghebus Project
Playing duo with drummer Mirko Sabatini, another personality of Italian jazz, trumpeter-composer Franco Baggiani continues steadily on his path, shifting between myths and musical exploration and moving into the open terrain of free jazz. While never slipping into nostalgia, he manages to bring alive the warmth of funky and the colors of blues, intensifying and enriching them with electronics.
An exacting project, it aims to preserve the connection with cultural roots, yet it frees the soul to explore creative utopias that today still represent a source of stimuli and vision. His travel companion on this surprise-filled journey is drummer Mirko Sabatini, a versatile and eclectic artist active on the US and Canadian music scene: he brings with him his multifaceted experience, ensuring constant, vital impulse and unpredictable, inspired bursts with which he energizes the recently-released record, Mechanical Visions. The CD clearly nods to the late-60s masterpiece “Mu part 1 e 2” by duo Don Cherry/Blackwell. Baggiani loves Cherry’s melodic aspect and ethnic flavor, while Sabatini applauds Blackwell’s polyrhythmic drumming. The track To Luigi Russolo is a tribute to the protagonist of a short, yet momentous moment in music history, that is, when in 1913 the Futurist movement theorized the possibility of creating music based on the organization of noises, rather than on regulated sound. But then again Mechanical Visions is mainly a sound document communicating an unfiltered desire to experiment, to take risks, to look forward with an awareness of the past. Every track on this CD oozes joy of improvisation, of playing freely with music in a visionary and rigorous style. Produced by Soundrecords label, it is distributed by SR and Believe