“There is a new album today, so let’s take a look at it first. Two pianists from Italy, Stefano Travaglini and Massimiliano Coclite play music that is not a swinging jazz, but rather an improvisatory sound which is closer to classical and contemporary music. A lot of recent jazz in Europe prefers such trends, and I like it too. I totally got myself absorbed in listening to the entire recording for the full length of 63 minutes. Since the direction in which the two pianists aim is similar, I really enjoyed the assimilation of the two and the sound coming out as a block, rather than listening to the individual characteristics. Although composition certainly underlies to some extent, I’m pretty impressed with the performance they create through their splendid improvisation.
Only the 6th song is standard, the others are the composition / improvisation of the two pianists. The beginning has a contemporary music atmosphere. There are some compositional parts, yet the clicking of the pair’s assimilating improvisation sounds quite magnificent. The two are resolving in the same direction expressing each characteristic. When I listen to this type of music without swings, whether it’s lively or quiet, it always gives me Europian and Italian jazz feelings. Among them, many of the songs here are rather solid show cases like the track 8 to 12, however the album is full of variety, such as the 3rd song that quietly ripples with gentle waves, and the 8th song that follows the flow of the voices. The standard 6th song is a warm ballad remaining in the same key.”