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3 stars Piano improvisations

Brazilian trio DIAPASÃO's first release is a confident if largely derivative opus. The music, which is entirely instrumental, centres around the significant keyboard talents of Rodrigo Lana. He may be in his early 20's, but he has a wealth of talent both in terms of composition and execution.

Lana, and indeed the trio as a whole, appears to take his influences from KEITH EMERSON and RICK WAKEMAN, plus traditional jazz and classical music. All of these combine in the opening 8 minute piece bearing the band's name to create a confident, assertive opener with much to whet the appetite.

The classical influences come to the fore on tracks such as "Do céu ao inferno" which features unnamed guest musicians providing violin and cello. The latter half is occupied by a very Emerson like ("Piano improvisations") piano performance.

Elsewhere, the brief "Fuga" is dominated by a tasteful harpsichord recital. The aptly named "Jazz" , sees the trio indulging in improvisation, the piece being little more than lounge music for an up-market hotel. The album is rounded off by the brief "Piccolo finale", a quick ragtime like piano romp.

The music of DIAPASÃO is the music of Rodrigo Lana. His favoured instrument is clearly piano, where he is not shy about displaying his virtuosity. The remaining members of the trio are clearly happy to play a supporting role throughout the album. There is no doubt that the band has great potential. It seems to me however that on this their first album they have been a little too indulgent. They will not enjoy any significant commercial success unless they are prepared to forego some of the freedom improvisation and virtuosity afford them in the interests of tightening up their product. I find this album to be full of talent and potential, but ultimately dull and unfocussed.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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