John Carroll Kirby – Tuscany
NYC’s Patience label follow up superior starts with Ekolali and Leo James. For their third meditative meander, they invite Los Angeles pianist, producer and songwriter John Carroll Kirby to contribute sounds, which he does, with solo piano material composed during a stay in Tuscany.
The label gives insightful description of the inspirations for these twin sidelong pieces, as follows: “Kirby would cycle 12 kilometers each day to Cascata di Malbacco, a waterfall with jade pools and silver stone, and the inspiration for Side A of Tuscany...On a ride to Sant’Anna, twenty-something kilometers away, Kirby took a wrong turn and got lost among the hills, where he encountered several monuments memorializing the victims of the Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre. The dark history of an abandoned mill house served as the inspiration for the album’s haunting Side B, a eulogy for all of those forgotten by time.”
The lush, quiet, organic lightness of “Cascata di Malbacco” is followed by gracefully dynamized, mournful tune in “Sant'Anna,” which shares the same seven note bassline, an expressive “inquiry into this duality [of darkness and light] and its consequences.”