DANIEL CARTER / WILLIAM PARKER / FEDERICO UGHI – The Dream

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“The dream” is made of a series of open-minded jams that fuse three generations of jazz musicians in a single ideal of freedom, the music channeled in a large-view structure that doesn’t contrast with the overall feel of the album. Daniel Carter’s multi-instrumental approach (he plays piano, flute, sax, clarinet and trumpet) makes him a leader of sorts, his melodic intuitions the starting point of many elegant conversations. William Parker, who as a bass player really needs no introduction, is also featured on shakuhachi and tuba, the latter at times drawing static circles over which his companions perform exercises of controlled disconnection from reality. The trio’s finest moments come in more shadowy tracks like “Never before”, in which Parker’s pensive lines on arcoed bass are accompanied by Ughi’s perennially gentle rolls and restrained flurries, with Carter seaming the decorations of a fine tapestry. This music is a concentrated fusion of intents bordering on Coltrane-ish spirit, a quite enjoyable and pleasing addition to any collection.

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