Album of the Day: “Divertimento” by Phelan Burgoyne and Emanuele Maniscalco


Artist:  Phelan Burgoyne & Emanuele Maniscalco

Album: Divertimento

Label:  Hout Records

Style:  Rainy day jazz

Favorite Track:  “Arcadia”

Music from:  London, UK and Brescia, Italy

What I like about it:  I like how the opening track’s melody is a plant slowly sprouting from the seed, burrowing its way from underground while occasionally flashing the beauty that one day will reach its fullness, and I like how the second and third tracks are the payoff of the blossoming flowers.  I like how the first track, over twenty-one minutes in length, goes through passages of development, where it gives the sense of approaching a conclusion, but then resets and starts back over… but a little bit different each time, and starting not over from scratch, but from a new plateau.

Other notes:  The pianist on this session, Emauele Maniscalco, has been involved in a remarkable number of excellent recordings over the last year, and you should definitely check him out.  So, too, the trio session from drummer Phelan Burgoyne, covered on this site not that long ago.

Your album personnel:  Phelan Burgoyne (drums) and Emanuele Maniscalco (piano).

Available at:  Bandcamp

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