«Unbroken Circuit»

by Maurizio Brunod & Garrison Fewell

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1) Ayleristic (G.Fewell);
2) Karnataka (G.Fewell/M.Brunod);
3) Mississippi moon clouds (G.Fewell/M.Brunod);
4) Ascent – for Ram Narayan (G.Fewell/M.Brunod);
5) Red air (G.Fewell/M.Brunod);
6) Unbroken circuit (G.Fewell/M.Brunod);
7) Ayleristic II (G.Fewell)
– Mp4 video track by Lorenzo Scaldaferro. (only on CD)

Recorded and edited at Studio Pollaio, Ronco Biellese (Biella), by Pier Giorgio Miotto, on 10th January and 6th February 2015; mixed and mastered at Artesuono Recording Studio, Cavalicco (Udine), by Stefano Amerio, on 18th February 2015.
Produced by Luca A. D’Agostino and Luciano Rossetti (Phocus Agency).

A qualche mese dalla pubblicazione del disco è arrivata la triste notizia che il 5 luglio 2015 Garrison Fewell ha definitivamente perduto la sua lunga e coraggiosa battaglia contro il tumore diagnosticatogli nel dicembre 2013. Era nato il 14 ottobre 1953 a Charlottesville, Virginia, e cresciuto a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: questa è stata forse la sua ultima registrazione ufficiale in studio. Ciò nonostante, non abbiamo voluto cambiare le note di presentazione del disco, che riportiamo integralmente di seguito.
Davvero magico, oltre che sicuramente inatteso, è questo recente incontro fra le chitarre di Maurizio Brunod e Garrison Fewell. Anche perché quest’ultimo, maturato artisticamente nell’area di Philadelphia con massicce dosi di blues, è considerato un maestro, "uno dei chitarristi più originali dei nostri giorni" secondo il Boston Phoenix. Stimato insegnante al Berklee di Boston dal 1977, ha girato il mondo per oltre 30 anni ed ha scritto importanti testi sull’improvvisazione, collaborando con musicisti del calibro di Tal Farlow e Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock e George Cables, solo per fare qualche nome. Da ricordare almeno il riconoscimento ottenuto da «A blue deeper than the blue», inciso in quartetto con Fred Hersch, Cecil McBee, Matt Wilson, e votato come miglior disco jazz nei Boston Music Awards del 1993. Da una decina d’anni Fewell ha abbandonato il jazz di matrice boppistica per spingersi verso gli impervi sentieri della libera improvvisazione, a fianco di musicisti dell'avanguardia come John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr. e Ches Smith. L’incontro con il chitarrista piemontese, di cui sono stati artefici Luca D’Agostino e Luciano Rossetti, fotografi di Phocus Agency ma soprattutto grandi appassionati di jazz, ci regala un mirabile saggio di libera improvvisazione e di “interplay”, sviluppato in una sorta di suite lunga poco più di 40 minuti, suddivisa in sette brani, tutti composti insieme a Brunod con l’unica eccezione rappresentata dalla toccante Ayleristic, di Fewell, proposta sia in apertura che come chiosa finale, con una breve ma suggestiva traccia video. Improvvisazione intesa quasi sempre come composizione istantanea, e che l’intenso dialogo fra i due chitarristi, più vicini di quanto prima poteva apparire, riesce a mantenere in prezioso e delicato equilibro lungo tutte e sette i brani dell’album.
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A few months after the album release, we were hit by the painful news that, on July 5, 2015, Garrison Fewell had eventually lost his long and courageous battle against cancer, that he was diagnosed with in December 2013. He was born on October 14, 1953, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: this was perhaps his last official studio recording. Nevertheless, we didn’t want to change the album presentation notes, which are reported in full below. Truly magical, as well as definitely unexpected, is this most recent meeting between the guitars of Maurizio Brunod and Garrison Fewell. Also because the latter, artistically matured in the Philadelphia area with massive doses of blues, is considered a master, “one of the most original guitarists of our time” according to the Boston Phoenix. Estimated professor at Berklee College in Boston since 1977, he has traveled the world for over 30 years and has written important books on improvisation, collaborating with musicians such as Tal Farlow and Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock and George Cables, just to name a few. We must remember at least the recognition achieved by «A blue deeper than the blue», recorded in a quartet with Fred Hersch, Cecil McBee, Matt Wilson, and voted the best jazz album at the Boston Music Awards in 1993. About ten years ago Fewell abandoned bop style jazz to explore the arduous paths of free improvisation, flanked by musicians of the avant–garde as John Tchicai, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr. and Ches Smith. The encounter with the Piedmontese guitarist, made possible by Luca D’Agostino and Luciano Rossetti, Phocus Agency ‘s photographers but mostly great jazz fans, provides us with a great example of free improvisation and interplay, developed into a kind of suite a little over 40 minutes, divided into seven tracks, all composed with Brunod with the only exception represented by the touching Ayleristic, by Fewell (2009), proposed both as opening and as final gloss, with a short but impressive video track. Improvisation which is almost everywhere intended as instant composition, and that the intense dialogue between the two guitarists, closer than they could appear before, manages to keep in a precious and delicate balance along all seven tunes of the album.

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released March 15, 2015

Maurizio Brunod (electric guitar, loop, live sampling, e –bow),
Garrison Fewell (electric and acoustic guitar, violin bow, slide, percussion, sticks, bells).

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