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‘Stream of Consciousness’ is the fourth album released by the saxophonist from Salerno as the quartet leader and it is her first album produced in collaboration with the AlfaMusic record company: ten years after her record-producing début, ‘Trane’s Groove’ (DDQ, 2002) and it was recorded with Carla Marciano at the helm of her quartet with pianist, Alessandro La Corte, double bass player Aldo Vigorito and drummer Gaetano Fasano.
Here, we are dealing with a CD with reflexive undertones which allude the title of the work itself. ‘Stream of Consciousness’ is an experience by means of which one frees one’s unconscious: the technique was born based on the writings of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and it was adopted by the Irish author James Joyce (1882 – 1941) on the occasion of the drafting of his masterpiece, Ulysses (1922).
Through the Stream of Consciousness, the saxophonist elaborates an interior monologue with the desire of giving voice to the most hidden instincts and to tell of herself and her music. In the pursuit of a more ancestral spontaneity.
The first piece of the CD, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, is the only melody not to have been written by Ms. Marciano. This is a tune coming from a popular English tradition and that has been sung by children at Christmas for over two centuries, a score revived thanks to the arrangement by the pianist Alessandro La Corte. The track goes on for over thirteen minutes with a stirring performance by Carla Marciano on the sopranino saxophone, a long modal fugue built up on a sustain pedal with ample quantities of grooviness elaborated by Aldo Vigorito. This recalls Olé by John Coltrane, not so much in the rhythmic structure, (God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen has an even time signature whereas Olé has an odd one) as in the hypnotic presentation of the theme and due to the fact that both melodies belong to folkloristic heritage, of English origin in the first instance and Spanish in the second. The tune recorded by Carla Marciano is, performed in her own way, a hymn of praise, a European spiritual that was also quoted in the tale written by the English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) entitled A Christmas Carol (1843).
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen has the purpose of introducing a long suite in three parts that expresses the saxophonist’s musical thought, this time on the alto saxophone, referring to John Coltrane in ‘A Love Supreme’ (Impulse!, 1965). In the notes on the CD cover, Ms. Marciano states: “We go from free jazz in the introduction (Preceding) to the medium-up tempo of Inner Blast, then we move onto the slow in Consequence right up to fast tempo jazz in Turning Point”. The music is powerful, fascinating, (listen to the sax and drums introduction of Turning Point), deeply meditative and laden with expressive tension, the same that we find in Inside (the break with the sax solo at the end of the piece is excellent) and Handshake, interpretations where Ms. Marciano always pushes the instrument to its limits. The performance of the rhythm is excellent (carrying out more of an expressive function rather than acting as an accompaniment); just as Alessandro La Corte’s solo performances are always profound and inspired.

Autore: Chiara Giordano