Saturday, March 7, 2020

Recording: Lina Allemano 4

Artist: Lina Allemano 4

Songs: Pipe Dream + Beans

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), February 9, 2020.

Lina Allemano 4 - Pipe Dream

Lina Allemano 4 - Beans

Nights with Lina Allemano bringing her eponymous quartet to the Southern Cross are often pretty packed, but a snowstorm (and the temptation for some to stay home and watch The Oscars) left a bit more elbow room than usual on this night. The band filled the space up with sounds — many of them new ones as they worked through a series of Allemano's recent vegetarian-themed pieces for the group. Some of the new pieces felt a bit more like expressions of compositional ideas than, say, packages for grooves. (The first piece here "stole a little theme from Prokofiev" by Allemano's admission, though the latter one certainly grooves plenty enough.) Several pieces ended — or started! — with laughter, so there was definitely an astonished sense of delight and spontaneity throughout.

[Before heading back to Berlin for a spell, Allemano will be celebrating the release of Glimmer Glammer, her first album of solo trumpet recordings with a show tomorrow (March 8th) at The Tranzac, featuring a solo set as well some collaborative BLOOP-ing with Mike Smith.]

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