On a cloud

 

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Diana Torti: voice, compositions, arrangements

Sabino de Bari: classical guitar, compositions, arrangements

ed. Slam Productions

 

Credits

Where to buy it:   SLAM Productions        Amazon       JazzCDs

 

“On a Cloud” is a project born during a passionate music and vocal research focused on the figure of Jeanne Lee, wonderful singer of the avant-garde Jazz. She has been a courageous artist and pioneer of an innovative way of singing in Jazz music starting from the Sixties. The CD will be released on the occasion of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of her birth in January 2019 in homage to this extraordinary musician and poetess.

The repertoire draws on standards, improvisations and original compositions inspired by Jeanne Lee’s world of sounds. The choice of the duo, voice and classical guitar, is an ideal dimension to re-elaborate the poetic, refined and intimate atmosphere of Lee’s music.
The ensemble that includes besides me (voice) also the guitarist and composer Sabino de Bari (classical guitar), has over time developed and matured a consolidated artistic alchemy. In our music both improvisation and composition are experienced as an expressive possibility out of any stylistic connotation. Timbres, words, noises and breaths merge, chase or dance together freely, to evoke suggestions and sound images.

 

Reviews

“When Italian singer Diana Torti first heard Jeanne Lee she had an epiphany: singers could explore the uncharted terrain of free material too. Torti, an imaginative improviser who responds easily to musical impulse in the moment, just released her sixth album, On A Cloud (SLAM), featuring classical guitarist Sabino de Bari accompanying her on standards (“Honeysuckle Rose”) and originals inspired by Lee’s work (“Fireflies”). Torti’s fresh sound—open and lilting— pays a notable homage to Lee’s vocal tradition in what would have been the singer and poet’s 80th birthday year. In explaining her fascination with Lee, Torti writes, ‘We should revisit her story, hoping to see the reissue of some of the albums where she has collaborated—the beauty of sharing will be enriched with further treasures.’ Torti’s new release goes a long way toward that enrichment.” (March 2019)

“Quando la cantante italiana Diana Torti ha ascoltato per la prima volta Jeanne Lee ha avuto un’intuizione: i cantanti potevano inoltrarsi anche nel territorio inesplorato del Free. La Torti, un’improvvisatrice creativa che risponde agevolmente agli stimoli musicali del momento, ha appena pubblicato il suo album, On A Cloud (Slam) con il chitarrista Sabino de Bari che l’accompagna su standards (“Honeysuckle Rose”) e composizioni originali ispirate al lavoro della Lee (“Fireflies”). Il suono fresco e vivace, sia ritmicamente che nelle melodie, della Torti rende un notevole omaggio alla tradizione vocale della Lee in quello che sarebbe stato l’ottantesimo compleanno della cantante e poetessa. Spiegando il suo interesse per la Lee, Torti scrive: ‘Una storia che si consiglia di ripercorrere, sperando di poter al più presto vedere ristampati alcuni degli album nei quali ha collaborato: la bellezza della condivisione si arricchirebbe di un tesoro in più.’ La nuova pubblicazione della Torti ha percorso una buona parte di strada verso quell’arricchimento.”

Suzanne Lorge – The New York City Jazz Record

 

 

“Singer, and also a psychologist, Diana Torti has long decided to dedicate herself, in the midst of her other projects and activities, to the music of Jeanne Lee, the late African-American singer who brought jazz singing to the vanguard. On the occasion of the eightieth birthday, this record has appeared, which is also a dedication made with respect and admiration. We met Diana on the same record company, Slam Productions, as a sideman by Lucia Iannello, now we find her in a duo with Sabino de Bari on classical guitar. Some of the songs performed are standard taken from Lee’s repertoire together with In These Last Days written by her, three songs are from the Italian singer, one of the guitarist and one written together. Obviously here we are looking for the most avant-garde side in performances, vocalizations, special effects of voice and guitar. The result is a very special incision, between composition and improvisation, with many references to the sounds of the avant-gardes, of whatever type they are. From one piece to another, from the standard to the original brought to the studio by the performers, we notice this desire for research, to do something new.” (20th January 2019)

Vittorio Lo Conte – MUSICZOOM

 

“The vocalist Diana Torti tells: “The first time that I heard Jeanne Lee’s voice I felt like I was on a cloud”. The phrase was originally told her by Jeanne Lee’s daughter, talking about relationship with her mother. And a vaporous cloud of wonder without fear of crossing avant-garde lands is Torti’s recording for her, On a cloud, which travels accompanied only by Sabino de Bari’s classic guitar inventiveness, published by Slam Records on the occasion of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Lee’s birth.”  (16th February 2019)

“Racconta la vocalist Diana Torti : “La prima volta che ho sentito la voce di Jeanne Lee mi sono sentita su una nuvola”. La frase le era stata detta in origine dalla figlia stessa di Jeanne, parlando dei rapporti con sua madre. E una nuvola vaporosa di meraviglia senza paura di attraversare anche terre d’avanguardia è il disco di Torti per lei, On a cloud, che viaggia accompagnata solo dall’inventiva chitarra classica di Sabino de Bari, pubblicato da Slam Records in occasione di quello che sarebbe stato l’ottantesimo compleanno di Lee.”

Guido Festinese – Alias “il manifesto”

 

“It was a relief to open the gatefold halfway through listening to this and encountering the name of Jeanne Lee, since that is exactly what I had been thinking since the first few uncanny measures of “Misterioso”. The title is taken from a comment by Jeanne’s daughter Cavana, who said that’s how she felt when she first heard her mother sing. The Newest Sound Around recordings Lee made with Ran Blake have been in circulation again, which makes this music seem all the more urgently of the moment. Torti and her collaborator – interesting to hear a guitar rather than piano accompaniment – have gone right to the heart of the Lee/Blake collaboration, with its nourish intimacies and brave harmonic manoeuvres.

I was taken aback by “Raskolnikov”, which offers an unusual sense of Dostoevsky’s anti-hero, if that, indeed, was the intention, but forget the title and it’s a dazzling vocal performance over a wonderful low, burbling line from de Bari. I love to distraction Mal Waldron’s “The Seagulls of Kristiansund”, so was delighted to hear arrangement of another musician who understood singers inside out. Jeanne Lee’s own “In These Last Days” (you maybe know the version with Andrew Cyrille and Jimmy Lyons) was a super-brave choice and she pulls it off magnificently. Likewise her own titular tribute.

But the wonder of this set, heard a second and third time, is the sheer range of sound de Bari gets out of his classical guitar, which seems to have as many tonal and textural personalities as there are songs here. He has it sounding like a bass, a plucked cello, a piano, a flamenco guitar, all within a few minutes; astonishing.

Not your average chanteuse album and not a Broadway song in sight. Don’t miss out on it because of that. It’s worth an hour of anyone’s time.”  (8th March 2019)

Brian Morton – Jazz Journal

 

Italian translation (Brian Morton – Jazz Journal):

“È stato un sollievo aprire il pieghevole della copertina, mentre lo stavo ascoltando, e vedere il nome di Jeanne Lee, poiché era esattamente quello a cui stavo pensando sin dalle prime sorprendenti misure di “Misterioso”. Il titolo dell’album è tratto da un commento di Cavana, figlia di Jeanne, che ha raccontato che rappresentava quello che provava quando sentiva la mamma cantare. Le registrazioni fatte per “The Newest Sound Around” realizzato dalla Lee con Ran Blake sono di nuovo in circolazione, cosa che fa sembrare questa musica ancor più urgente in questo momento. Torti e il suo collaboratore – interessante ascoltare l’accompagnamento di una chitarra piuttosto che del pianoforte – sono andati dritti al cuore della collaborazione Lee / Blake, con la loro intesa profonda e le coraggiose soluzioni armoniche.

Sono rimasto davvero sorpreso da “Raskolnikov”, che offre un insolito senso dell’anti-eroe di Dostoevskij, qualora questa fosse in effetti l’intenzione, ma dimentica il titolo ed è una impressionante performance vocale su una meravigliosa linea bassa e gorgogliante di de Bari. Amo alla follia “The Seagulls of Kristiansund” di Mal Waldron, quindi sono stato felice di ascoltare un arrangiamento di un altro musicista che capiva i cantanti così profondamente. “In These Last Days” di Jeanne Lee (forse conoscete la versione con Andrew Cyrille e Jimmy Lyons) è stata una scelta super coraggiosa e qui lei l’ha eseguita magnificamente. Altrettanto vale per il suo personale tributo che dà il titolo all’album. Ma la meraviglia di questa sequenza di brani, ascoltata una seconda e una terza volta ancora, è l’ampia gamma di suoni di de Bari che fa uscire dalla sua chitarra classica, che sembra avere tante personalità timbriche e di trame musicali quanti sono i brani. Ha suonato come un basso, un violoncello in pizzicato, un pianoforte, una chitarra flamenca, tutto in pochi minuti; sorprendente.

Non è l’album della cantante che mediamente ti aspetteresti di ascoltare e non c’è l’ombra di una canzone di Broadway. E’ da non perdere proprio per questo. Vale la pena, da parte di chiunque, dedicare un’ora di tempo per ascoltarlo.”