Magnioni, Maurice / Facing the Wall
Album: Facing the Wall   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Magnioni, Maurice   Added:Apr 2003
Label:Altri Suoni  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-02 Pull Date: 2003-08-04 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 27 Jun 15
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 25, 2003: Memory Select
Prayer Flags
2. Jun 13, 2003: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-04
Jazzy improvised sessions with sax, drums and computer! Most tracks feature a sax monologue, jamming in a beatnik poetry kind of way, backed by the other instruments, with the computer defining overall atmosphere via ambient background washes. Magnioni's "narrative" loses its thread on a couple of pieces but overall this is very good.

1- Fast drums and sax, groany background
2*- Varied and swooping sax, augmented by computer sounds, almost like cartoon blather. Some cool effects here.
3*- Bluesy sax soliloquy with backing "strings"
4- Small, ghostlike
5*- Street-sax jam, relaxed, kind of faint
6- Shimmering synth tones and hyper drum patter
7*- Cool little groove, backed with twisted music-box sounds
8- Fast rattling behind long sax notes
9- A bit mysterious and compelling. Quiet start.
10*- Midtempo sci-fi scramble
11- Fast and fairly quiet
12- Low and trembling, with building drama. Calms down later.
13- Circular breathing (continuous notes) with faint industrial backing

Track Listing
1. Loose Choice   7. Tangueros
2. Ekai   8. Facing the Wall
3. Blues for L.E.   9. Angkor
4. The Wheel   10. Prayer Flags
5. Itai Doshi   11. Birds and Wind
6. Mondo   12. Taming the Bull
  13. Breathin' Out