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Italian Instabile Orchestra: Litania Sibilante

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The decade-old Italian Instabile Orchestra celebrates both national interest and diversity we’re told in separate liner notes by Art Lange and John Corbett. The music is freer and more eclectic than in most American orchestras of this size-18 pieces plus guests Enrico Rava (trumpet) and Antonello Salis (accordion). The performances on this album are remarkable not only for the range of musical styles but also for the connections between musical episodes.

Gianluigi Trovesi’s “Scarlattina” exemplifies the scope of sounds. Near the beginning, there’s a roller-coaster ride of collective improvisation. Later, regal brass lead to solos by trumpet (presumably it’s Rava, in a Miles mode), trombone and classical-tinged piano. Next comes a “La Bamba”-esque dance section-you get the picture. Free-form jazz, old-world harmonies, impassioned Latinate, Milesian musings and campy dance grooves mix. But it all evolves in sequence and flows together.

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