Friday, October 21, 2011

Naked Truth: Shizaru

"Naked Truth is the brain child of Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati, who has made a name for himself throughout Europe since 2005 as both a leader and collaborator. Feliciati has said that Naked Truth came from his desire to create a band where "each voice is equal and contributes to the musical conversation," and where no instrument dominates the melodies or solos. Instead, each composition is based upon a riff or sonic motif, with the players all responding with improvised layers of their own. In this spirit, all songwriting is credited to Naked Truth....Shizaru evokes several vintage Bill Laswell projects, including the psychedelic jazz of Material's Hallucination Engine (Axiom, 1994) and Laswell's own Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (Columbia, 1998), but also hints of the producer's work with Scorn and Praxis. Covering quite a bit of ground in its 40-minute runtime, Shizaru contains a unique blend of tripped out, ambient jazz, capable of whipping up into a whirlwind of funk and thrash."

Read my full review at All About Jazz.