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Federico Ughi - Federico Ughi Quartet (2013)

25 May 2013
Music » Jazz

Federico Ughi - Federico Ughi Quartet (2013)

Artist: Federico Ughi
Title Of Album: Federico Ughi Quartet
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: FMR
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 48:35 min
Total Size: 105 MB


1. Federico Ughi Quartet Quantunque (4:15)
2. Federico Ughi Quartet Song for Charles (3:39)
3. Federico Ughi Quartet Letter A (6:14)
4. Federico Ughi Quartet Technicolor (6:04)
5. Federico Ughi Quartet Ange (6:25)
6. Federico Ughi Quartet Second Day Syndrome (4:54)
7. Federico Ughi Quartet Line (5:13)
8. Federico Ughi Quartet Circled Square (4:09)
9. Federico Ughi Quartet May (3:37)
10. Federico Ughi Quartet Wearing a Wire? (4:05)

"Given the diversity of this groups collective background, the many nods toward tradition are almost surprising. It isnt that drummer Federico Ughi, altoist David Schnug, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and bassist Max Johnson arent steeped in the jazz tradition; their credentials are well established and they have developed long-standing collaborative projects in various formations and contexts in and around jazz.
The fact is, however, that they also embrace many others, from bluegrass to art rock and much in between, though subtlety of form and reference seems to be the path trod on every track of this quartets debut. The most overtly non-jazz offering here is Wearing a Wire?, with its smart and soulfully driven rhythms, courtesy of Ughi, supporting a heavily accented unison melody. Knuffkes solo gradually morphs from blues to something on the order of Plugged Nickel-era Miles as the others weave in and out of funk and noisy free jazz modes. Frequent pauses and tempo shifts only add to the tracks in-your-face intrigue, conjuring shades of Ornette Colemans later projects in the process.
The rest of the album draws on Colemans work as well, particularly the jaunty Technicolor, sounding as if it was pulled from one of the Sound Museum discs, but, of course, none of the music adheres so strictly to form and structure. The labyrinthine melodies and drones of Ange are closer to the New York Art Quartets brand of musical cinematography than to anything Coleman waxed as Ughi supports the constantly shifting structures with expert brushwork.

If one aspect of the disc could be changed, it is the almost incessant reliance on unisons. On future efforts, the group would do well to skip right to the bluesy or pointillistic bits, saving unison passages for special occasions. That said, these ten compositions, augmented by Ughis polyrhythmic and timbral facility, Schnugs unpretentious growls, Knuffkes smooth warm tones and Johnsons flawless arco, add up to make an excellent first effort."

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