Giancarlo Schiaffini and Sebi Tramontana have much in common, in music and not. They are both trombonists and members of the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Tramontana plays in Schiaffini’s Phantabrass and they have often been on stage together on several occasions. They got together in studio, to voice reciprocally their musicality. The Cd Wind & Slap catches them in a moment of dialogue: intense, sincere, and open.
The music is a fascinating story they are recounting each other, like a series of tableau one can listen to in a sequence, as movements in a suite. The masterly use of voice as an instrument, similar to a trombone, and the variety of tones of the harmon are fused in the great ability of the two musicians to invent.
The first 13 tracks are recorded in studio, while the last 3 were captured live during a concert. Here the atmosphere changes and the live sound becomes more trenchant, the sensual cosines of the recording studio gives way to a more direct expression, open to the interaction with the audience.
Giancarlo Schiaffini’s yearly experience in jazz and improvisation, due also to the collaboration with Luigi Nono, is confronting here with the improvisatory language of Sebi Tramontana developed within European improvisation music. Listening to the cd one recognizes a complicity between the two musicians that is never exaggerated, in their spontaneity the two are always careful in weaving an improvised counterpoint, as two old pals would do. Rudi Records