Guido Michelone per Musica Jazz
Un Minuto Dopo is a beautiful album, made up above all of the seductive vocals, of soft whispers, and abstract improvisations, when Elisabetta Antonini’s intimate touch takes flight, producing notes without words.
Elisabetta Antonini’s voice has the characteristic of being as graceful as it is intense, refined but not overly sweet. These characteristics are also present in this fine cd, in which we can hear her own compositions. There are few women composers in Italian jazz, and it’s always worthwhile to remember it.
A highly anticipated debut cd on which Elisabetta Antonini worked diligently, both writing the arrangements and following the production step by step. Her voice is unusual – delicate yet commanding at the same time, and able to vary in its timbre, evoking different colours with each single interpretation of the musical numbers.
A warm voice, characterized by confident phrasing, bolstered by clarity, rich in chromatic nuances: these are the synonyms required for an authentic, knowledge-informed style. Elisabetta Antonini possesses all of the qualities of a jazz singer and of a well-rounded musician.
While we cannot cite every number, we’ll limit ourselves to the wonderful Howl”! (words by Allen Ginsberg), and, in particular, to the moving rendition of Requiem For Bird Charlie Parker” (Gregory Corso). Bearzatti’s colourfully overdubbed reeds ease the passage of this work by an Antonini who at times goes for vocal timbres which as so painful as to scratch the soul. Bravo!
The leader is impeccable: her voice is expressive, upbeat or melancholy as required. Her compositions and arrangements are beautifully constructed, leaving nothing to chance, and conceding ample space for her fervid imagination and creativity. Un Minuto Dopo is a cd, a project and a work of passion and searching, a precious commodity in the present era.