(Drimala)

This is a work resplending in its sheer beauty, perfectly balanced in a mixture of delicate and complex atmospheres. Multi-instrumentalist (saxes, flute and bass clarinet) and composer Giardullo, who I remember involved with Pauline Oliveros among the many, has utter command of the linear aspects of an improvisation – this means he’s one of the few people who can sound like playing written parts while instead he’s creating them on the spot; here, he’s flanked by the great duo of Carl Sullivan, whose bass is punchy and articulate at the same time, and Michael Thompson on drums and piano, both played with elegance and sense of deep meaning. No need to find a genre or a precise definition for this music, just think about serenity, awareness of life and a little bit of primordial energy.

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