Frankly, this writer knows very little of multi-reedman Massimo Falascone other than his appearance on Fabio Martini’s recent “Clangori” project for Leo Lab Records. On Bordogna-15 (Quasi) Solo Improvisations, Falsacone goes it alone on 15 pieces while over dubbing various woodwind instruments on nearly half the tracks.
On “Primo Prato”, Falascone honks, squeaks and makes some unusual noises while performing solo on Baritone Sax. “Lago Verde” features the saxophonist on Alto as he institutes a feel that is at times spacious and ethereal via concise yet brief statements. Once again, Falascone utilizes his Baritone Sax on “Snowfall”. Here, Falascone talks, taps his instrument, breathes heavily into the mouthpiece and generally lets it all hang out. Falascone here and throughout seizes the moment in impromptu fashion. Ideas abound, as Falascone is a study in expressionism. One of the impressing factors within the scope of this project is how Falascone enables (or forces) his instruments to take on their own identities, as if they were separate voices frequently crossing paths or re-emerging.
Falascone sheds some interesting thoughts in the liners and pretty much lays the groundwork for the listener. The saxophonist overdubs Baritone and Alto Saxophones on, “Lampo e Lupo”. On “Tubi”, Falascone utilizes an instrument called the “Tugombutos” which from all aural appearances is some sort of odd or harsh sounding woodwind instrument. Here, Falascone screeches and squeals, as this piece is at times bizarre and somewhat raw or earthy. One of the highlights is the piece titled, Hale-Bopp which features a 5 year old boy called Leonardo, who plays objects, drums, pots and whatever else he could get his young hands on. Falascone “supports” Leonardo with Sopranino Sax, Tugombuto and objects; hence, a fitting finale to a quite unusual yet entertaining series of free improvisations.
If you enjoy solo Braxton, Evan Parker or Michel Doneda, Bordogna may be right up your alley. Falascone’s music serves as a fitting or prime example of the always inventive and forward moving Italian Jazz and/or Improvisational scene. * * * ½