Roberto Del Piano: electric bass; Matthias Boss: violin; Marcello Magliocchi: drums
The best praise that one could give to the Uncles is that their music – recorded in 2012 – is not comparable to anything else that I can remember at this moment. Improvisations that do not seek enlightenment, mostly based on the edgier aspects of unrestrained instrumental disturbance with nary a moments of relax. Boss’ constant tremolo-cum-erudite harmonic scraping and, in general, the recalcitrant temperament of his playing symbolize the urgency transmitted by the entire three-way interaction. Del Piano’s rotund bass timbre is a reassuring presence of sorts, but the man wouldn’t vamp if you threatened him at gunpoint, preferring diagonal walking and fragmented circles, a veritable vulture waiting for the bodies of someone who might not arrive at destination. Magliocchi is perhaps the figure of a sage in this context, working the drum set without dominating attitude, frequently choosing the dynamic shades from the quieter room of the percussive edifice, ultimately acting more as a contrapuntal color than a driving force. Together, these guys present us with over an hour of amusing havoc totally devoid of ostentatious fanfare. Not a bad feat.