Lorenzo Feliciati / Michele Rabbia — Antikythera
(RareNoise RNR112, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2020-09-09
Antikythera sees bassist Lorenzo Feliciati back in the territory of his outstanding album Koi (2015). This time he’s working with Michele Rabbia, who provides drums and electronics to Feliciati’s basses, keyboards, and guitar. The result is similarly spacious, with subtle grooves and expansive atmospheres — a real treat in headphones, and beautiful sounding however you listen. Most of the album consists of easy tempos carried by cymbals or bubbly sequences, with washes of keyboards and electronics in the background and one or more other instruments in the foreground. Particularly notable is Cuong Vu’s trumpet on “Prochronistic” and “Sidereal,” which provides a rich tone and some lovely solo playing. The latter of these, which comes around the halfway point of the set, is really the first time where the tempo picks up and Feliciati gives us some nimble, funky fretless bass work. Rita Marcotulli also contributes some excellent prepared piano. Other guests, who appear on varying tracks, are Andy Sheppard (saxophone), Alessandro Gwis (piano, electronics), and Roy Powell (Hammond Organ, Moog, and other keyboards). Most of the time, the guests are the stars of the music, with Feliciati and Rabbia providing support and atmosphere. In all, it’s a wonderful album of subtle music with lots of space and room for listeners to explore over repeated exposures.
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