martedì 28 ottobre 2014

Review of Storm by Joe Morris and Chris Cretella, 2014

A full-fledged storm of strings, picks, nails and guitars with nylon strings. If "Nomen est omen" the title of this black cd gives perfectly the idea of the music content locked up inside, Joe Morris and Chris Cretella act at 360 degrees playing their classical guitars in an innovative and different form. In their complex constructions they create a structured improvisational sound architecture in which the normal and known timbre of the classical guitar is completely distraught.
Why being hardly surprised? It’s since 1969 that Joe Morris has chosen to manage his career and his own musical vision always dedicating himself to research, innovation and a pure creative fundamentalism. Consistency, integrity and pure spirit of art are always the reasons that led him to always push the limits of his creativity, motivation, here perfectly shared by Chris Cretella, his student at the New England Conservatory of Music.
The result is definitely not a melodic or catchy cd but the expression of an artistic, musical, creative and improvisational, radical and innovative thought that requires a committed intense and dedicated listening. Do not be frightened by the sounds of waterfalls and torrential nature of their music: Storm is one of the most interesting things that I have heard in 2014.

Very nice also the packaging of the cd, simple, minimal, clean and precise. I hope that my pictures can make justice.

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