Title - 'Psychosis: Homage to Bernard Herrmann'
Artist - Carla Marciano Quartet
If you are not in the know, Italian Saxophonist and composer Carla Marciano is considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz and one of today's strongest female saxophonists.
Graduating in clarinet from the Conservatory of her hometown, Salerno, she is an alto-saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced technique as well as her distinctive performing and compositional streak.
She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely-used and hard-to-master sopranino saxophone.
As leader of her stable quartet - made up of some of the best musicians on the Italian scene, namely Alessandro La Corte, Aldo Vigorite and Gaetano Fasano - she has four CDs under her belt, three of which were produced by the historic label Black Saint.
The fifth CD, Psychosis: Homage to Bernard Herrmann (out now via Challenge Records) marks her debut with the prestigious Dutch Label.
1. 'Theme from “Taxi Driver” (Betsy’s Theme)' (9:18)
2. 'Theme from “Marnie” (Prelude)' (11:31)
3. 'From “Marnie” to “Twisted Nerve”' (5:05)
4. 'Theme from “Twisted Nerve” (Theme & Variations)' (8:37)
5. 'Theme from “Psycho” (Prelude)' (9:18)
6. 'Theme from “Vertigo' (Prelude)' (5:23)
7. 'Theme from “Vertigo' (Scene d'Amour)' (10:06)
8. 'Theme from “Harry Potter” (Hedwig’s Theme)' (9:46)
The Italian-born saxophonist opens with the atmospheric, reaching 'Theme from “Taxi Driver” (Betsy’s Theme)' and backs that up seamlessly with the orchestrally psychedelic-imbued 'Theme from “Marnie” (Prelude),' the Quartet's harmonic variants truly coming to the fore on 'From “Marnie” to “Twisted Nerve”,' and then we get one of my favorite cuts on this wonderful new album, the melodically reassembled 'Theme from “Twisted Nerve” (Theme & Variations).'
Up next is the well-known 'Theme from “Psycho” (Prelude),' here eerily set to poignant and statically charged piano work that relentlessly builds until its obvious conclusion, then we get the more contemporary sounds of the paired 'Theme from “Vertigo' (Prelude)' and 'Theme from “Vertigo' (Scene d'Amour),' before we get an additional track; an homage to the great composing genius himself, John Williams, 'Theme from “Harry Potter” (Hedwig’s Theme)' and which was arranged by Alessandro La Corte.
"This album is my heartfelt homage to one of the greatest geniuses of film score, the composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann, whose music has dazzled me since I was a child<" Marciano explains.
"It has been very interesting to arrange, revise and adapt, for a jazz quartet, some of the best known themes from outstanding soundtracks Herrmann write for equally outstanding films - all psychological thrillers - by brilliant directors, including Marnie, Psycho and Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese and Twisted Nerve by Roy Boulting."
"Bearing a classic feel and originally conceived for orchestras, the tracks in this album were arranged in full respect of the originals, leaving intact, for example, the beauty of the melodies, while at the same time creating new improvisational spaces that would allow our quartet to maintain its own identity."
"This also gave us the opportunity to progress in a musical journey we embarked on starting with the first album, and me, personally, to hold the course of my visceral, improvisational language, always instinctive and open to risk, an expression of my emotional, spiritual and existential self, baring my soul in absolute freedom through no compromise whatsoever, but rather driven by a strong desire for research and experimentation."
"I consider the emotions and stimulations generated in me by Herrmanns music, together with the films in which its featured, a wonderful gift," Marciano concludes. "I hope I have been able to thank him through our heartfelt work."
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