Sclavis, Louis / Napoli's Walls
Album: Napoli's Walls   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sclavis, Louis   Added:May 2004
Label:Ecm Records (Jazz)  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-06-28 Pull Date: 2004-08-30 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 22 Aug 15 Aug 1 Jul 25 Jul 18 Jul 4
Airplays: 2 1 1 2 4 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 12, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
Colleur De Nuit
4. Dec 02, 2004: Umami Jazz Program - Album Week
2. Aug 01, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
Colleur De Nuit
5. Aug 19, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
Kennedy in Napoli
3. Dec 16, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
Kennedy in Napoli
6. Aug 18, 2004: Civil Society
Napoli's Walls

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-06-24
A truly eclectic mix of jazz, electronica, classical and Italian folk music. The theme here is the city of Naples, specifically the work of an installation artist (details in the well-designed booklet). Like the city and the art that inspired this album, the music straddles the old world and the new. There are a lot of transitions and juxtapositions of style, from sparse to dense, clarinet solo to techno, vocoder vocals over acoustic guitar, but it’s well put together, not jarring. This is the sort of thing that the Blue Series has been trying to do and rarely have they come up with something this seamless. Fantastic stuff! (Pronunciation tip: it’s LOO ee sklah VEECE)

*1. (10:35) Jagged violin explorations lead to electronic beat under clarinet solo. Lots of changes in dynamics – from smooth electronica to sparseness to wailing free jazz
*2. (7:22) Happy bouncy folk rhythm, gets stranger near the end
3. (3:03) Mournful ballad featuring trumpet
*4. (6:29) Loping electronic reggaeish beat with great guitar work
5. (3:34) Clarinet led ballad
*6. (3:35) Bouncy Italian folk with strange vocals
*7. (8:23) Sparse start leads to twisted techno beat.. weird
8. (4:39) Chamber start followed by guitar solo
9. (5:07) Loping beat with classical sound and vocoder vocals
*10. (7:12) A bit of fanfare to open, a bit of sparseness, then a bit of rock & roll.

Ben Bostwick 6/15/04

Track Listing
1. Colleur De Nuit   6. Divinazione Moderna 2
2. Napoli's Walls   7. Guetteur D'inapercu
3. Merce   8. Les Apparences
4. Kennedy in Napoli   9. Porta Segreta
5. Divinazione Moderna 1   10. Il Disegno Smangiato ...