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Home Away from Home: The Music of Ayn Inserto

by Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra

Modern jazz big band.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You're Leaving? but I Just Got Here!
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
7:50 album only
2. Recorda Me
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
7:15 album only
3. Hang Around
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
8:03 album only
4. La Danza Infinita
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
9:25 album only
5. Down a Rabbit Hole
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
7:16 album only
6. Wintry Mix
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
8:05 album only
7. Subo
Ayn Inserto & The Colours Jazz Orchestra
4:54 album only


Album Notes
The title of Boston composer/arranger Ayn Inserto's third album wasn't arbitrarily chosen. More to the point, Home Away From Home alludes to the recording's unique background. A number of years ago, Italian trombonist Massimo Morganti caught a performance at the Berklee Performance Center by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra featuring trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (Inserto's jazz composition teacher at the New England Conservatory) and tenor saxophonist George Garzone, both of whom contributed to her debut album, Clairvoyance, in 2006. Suitably impressed, Morganti arranged for her to travel to Italy for a series of workshops with his Colours Jazz Orchestra and, having established a strong rapport with the band, Inserto returned the following year for a number of performances featuring material now documented on her follow-up to 2009's Muse.

An associate professor of jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, the Singapore-born Inserto has won multiple awards and performed all over the world. Certainly traces of Brookmeyer's influence are evident in her work (Gil Evans's, too), but that's only natural. More important is the fact that Inserto has over the past decade developed her own voice and produced an impressive collection of original work. Rich in harmony and colour, her music holds up perfectly well alongside others in the same field, and the stylistic variety and imagination captured on Home Away From Home show her ability to work convincingly in different idioms.

The album features seven pieces, all previously unrecorded and of contrasting character. On the fifty-three-minute date, luscious settings solidly in the big band tradition (“Down a Rabbit Hole,” for instance) rub shoulders with both a swinging funk piece (“Hang Around”) and an album-closer that sounds as much calypso-flavoured as Latin-tinged (“Subo”). Inserto's writing and arranging can be audacious, as shown when the cheekily titled opener “You're Leaving? But I Just Got Here” begins with a dialogue between drum brushes and soprano saxophone before flowering into a vigorous ensemble arrangement featuring both full band playing and solos, including robust interweaving statements by the soprano saxist and trumpeter.

The band's at its luscious best during the ballad setting “La Danza Infinita,” a beautiful example of Inserto's writing and the Colours Jazz Orchestra's ability to play with elegance and subtlety when the need arises. While it's an especially wonderful showcase for the woodwinds, the horns are as well-served by the piece, too. Also included is a re-imagining of Joe Henderson's “Recorda Me,” which finds the late artist's persona present in both the bold saxophone solo that appears midway through and the suave melodic resonance of the piece.

A few things separate the Colours Jazz Orchestra from others of its ilk. The drummer sometimes plays with a looser feel than one typically hears from a drummer in a big band context, and the tenor saxist likewise dishes out a wild solo or two of the kind favoured by someone like David Murray. But while it's easy to have one's attention fixate on the band's playing, let's not forget that, with all of the material having been composed by Inserto, Home Away From Home is still very much her date. - textura.org, June 2015

This beautiful collaboration between composer Ayn Inserto and Italy's Colours Jazz Orchestra is a wonderful mixture between contemporary and traditional music that is simple and stylish.

Inserto's latest release is her third album and is made up of tracks that she has never recorded before - all of which are fresh and vibrant to listen to.

Album opener 'You're Leaving? But I Just Got Here' is a quirky but playful piece that has plenty of spontaneity about it, yet every performance seems to work in perfect harmony.

But she also has more serious side to her music as 'Recorda Me' proves, helped by the strong and confident performances by the Colours Jazz Orchestra who really understand the music they are performing well.

Yet, despite this the album is mainly an upbeat and fun album to listen to. 'Hang Around' is a cool and contemporary piece of music that brings a different vibe to album, giving it another layer. It is a well structured piece, with everyone contributing something to it.

One of the highlights of the album as a whole is a piece titled 'La Danza Infinity' that is laid back and relaxed, yet there is a slight melancholy to the tone which grabs the listener's attention. It also demonstrates Inserto's understanding of how music can rise and fall to great effect.

'Down the Rabbit Hole' does bring to mind Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and this piece of music is as weird and wonderful as the book that it brings to mind. It doesn't hold anything back and is high in energy and pace throughout.

The last two tracks 'Wintry Mix' and 'Subo' are both different in tone but are similar in the way in which there is a richness and warmth in the sound of the performances given by the Colours Jazz Orchestra.

It is an album that has plenty of heart and will bring a smile to your face when you listen to it. - Emma Clarendon, thenewshub.com



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