There’s an old joke among instrumentalists: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? Answer: A singer.
While this stereotype is overgeneralized to the point of being offensive, it is sadly too often the case that vocalists, particularly in the realm of mainstream commercial music, lack the deep musical knowledge of their instrumental counterparts. But one vocalist who emphatically puts the lie to this questionable cliché is the protean Boris Savoldelli
, whose latest album The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky
of his exciting new trio Savoldelli Casarano Bardoscia stunningly demonstrates that he is at least the equal of any instrumentalist—nay, any group of instrumentalists.
Boris didn’t take an easy path in choosing to reimagine one of the most sacred albums of all time, Pink Floyd
’s monumental The Dark Side of the Moon
. It surely didn’t help that it’s also one of the most frequently covered works of progressive music, from symphonic treatments to chamber arrangements to legions of Floyd tribute bands. But Boris always disdains the easy path, and unlike the many sterile, note-for-note versions of The Dark Side proffered by lesser talents, his rendition truly distinguishes itself by taking a strikingly imaginative and boldly creative new approach to the familiar material- in this case, a wholly absorbing interpretation that reflects his lifelong love of jazz and improvisation.
Boris pulls out all the stops with his vast arsenal of unparalleled vocal techniques, augmented by his provocative electronic treatments. But The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky
is much more than just a vocal showcase, highlighting the formidable creative gifts of his partners, saxophonist extraordinaire Raffaele Casarano and bassist supreme Marco Bardoscia, plus a roster of distinguished guest musicians. The result is a kaleidoscopic marvel of sounds and emotions, delivered with élan, humor, impeccable musicianship, and above all a deep, abiding love for his inspirations, in a tour-de-force album that, we’re sure all Lunatics will agree, truly deserves the superlative “Great”. Once again, open-eared listeners have been gifted with a truly magnificent milestone from the fertile mind of the singular Boris Savoldelli
This album was made possible by the generous help of Programmazione PUGLIA SOUNDS RECORD 2016" REGIONE PUGLIA- FSC 2007-2013- Investiamo nel vostro futuro." TRACKS
- Speak to Me (Mason) 1.16
- Breathe (Waters, Gilmour, Wright) 7.35
- On the Run (Gilmour, Waters) 1.16
- Time (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour) 4.13
- The Great Gig in the Sky/Money (Wright, Torry, Waters) 7.41
- Us and Them (Waters, Wright) 14.25
- Any Colour You Like (Gilmour, Mason, Wright) 2.17
- Brain Damage (Waters) 7.46
- Eclipse (Waters) 2.48