Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie
Ricardo Gallo in “Tierra de Nadie” performs music conceived as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, a “No man’s land” which is the intriguing basis for exploratory improvisations. The compositions picture a landscape devoid of flags, providing space for the musical personalities of the players. Its debut recording “The Great Fine Line” was released on November 2010 by Clean Feed Records. The personel in the recording, as well as for this concert consists of a stellar line up: Mark Helias on bass, Ray Anderson on trombone, Dan Blake on saxophones, Pheeroan akLaff on drums, Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, and Ricardo Gallo on piano and compositions. For this concert the band will bring new music as well as selections from their debut album in electrifying and unexpected renditions.
"While everyone is accorded solo space, this is genuine ensemble music, with the arrangements for Gallo’s original compositions emphasizing alert interplay, multi-linear improvisation and rapid shifts in density and tone." -Peter Margasak for Downbeat.
"Gallo has assembled a first-rate band and given it plenty with which to work" -Stuart Broomer for NYC Jazz Record
"Well-written songs, compelling melodies, catchy rhythmic pedals, interweaving between the trombone and saxophone (mainly soprano) delightful, incisive rhythm section ... Molto Bene! " -Paolo Peviani for All About Jazz Italy
"Blake and Anderson’s animated call-and-response, the rhythm section’s roiling undercurrent and Gallo’s harmonious inventions gracefully integrate boisterous Dixieland licks, Latin American polyrhythms and regal formalism into a beguiling cross-cultural fusion that defies simple categorization." -Troy Collins for Point of Departure