Friday 10 January 2020

'Plastic Estrogenus' by Gianluca Vigliar Quintet

'Plastic Estrogenus' is the new album from Gianluca Vigliar's Quintet which finds its home on the diverse jazz label of A.MA Records.

This project marks the second full-length release from the Italian saxophonist and composer following the success of his 2017 debut project 'FraGia' which saw Vigliar introduce his inspired piano-less jazz to the world.

Prior to the formation of his Quintet for 'Plastic Estrogenus', Gianluca Vigliar projects have taken on various iterations.  There is the aforementioned album 'FraGia' and prior to that there was the Vigliar G Trio in 2012 - also pianoless! - and there have been various big band projects including the Orchestra Jazz of Villa Celimontana and work with pianist Pino Jodice as part of his Quintet.  Vigliar's projects have certainly been as numerous as they have been varied and with the creation of the Gianluca Vigliar Quintet, the union marks something of an exciting time in Vigliar's continual evolution.

And turning our attention to the members of said Quintet, for 'Plastic Estrogenus', Vigliar reunites with the players that helped make 'FraGia' the success it was: Francesco Fratini (Milena Angelè, Ibrido Hot Six) returns on trumpet duties, Luca Fattorini (Eugenio Macchia Trio, Rosario Giuliani) on double bass and Marco Valeri (Alice Ricciardi, Riccardo Fassi Quartet) takes his place again on drums.  The collective does also see the welcome inclusion of vibraphonist Andrea Biondi who provides a wonderfully warm and exciting dynamic to the groundwork laid out by this album's predecessor.  The album starts with the sublime 'Julaya', with Biondi making his mark early amongst the incredible talent on display here, before moving to another of the album's strong highlights in 'Apoalypto'. 

The album's inlay card outlines more specifically the very timely message behind the music with the project seeking to serve as something of a warning and in turn raise awareness to the dangers of increasing levels of plastic found in the oceans.  The album's title itself referencing the effect plastic toxins have specifically on humans.

A.MA Records boast an impressive roster of artists and musicians but 'Plastic Estrogenus' genuinely has to rank highly amongst their fantastic catalogue.  Always seemingly on the hunt for new projects, we look forward to seeing where inspiration takes Vigliar next.

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