Roman reedman Marco Colonna gives the impression of being a conscientious, quasi-finicky composer behind a mask of Brötzmann-esque hirsuteness. Among his numerous projects, Noise Of Trouble (see a connection here?) is perhaps the one that expresses the potential of collective inventiveness in the light of a commendable authenticity. The trio of Colonna (baritone and sopranino sax), Luca Corrado (bass) and Cristian Lombardi (drums) reflects not only the “fire inside” of young players willing to fight adversity through constructive means, but also their awareness of the necessity of an active rational structure to better circumscribe the impact area of the message.
Apart from Ludovica Manzo’s vocal guesting in two introvert/ghostly/more experimental episodes (including the short title track), the instrumental bulk of Flowers Of Resistance consists of slightly destabilized jazz phunk (occasionally reminding yours truly of never-enough-lauded Curlew, as in certain sections of “Musafir”) emerging from neatly executed scores, often of the odd-metered variety. I’m going to honestly admit that the barefaced energy and sense of unobstructed action transmitted by the tape caught me right away. There’s a lot of fresh air around the notes; NOT’s enthusiastic approach to the interplay enhances the material with a responsive humbleness that is sorely missing from countless analogous situations. Just listen to “Mekuria” and “Ezra”, this reviewer’s personal favorites: themes nearly committable to memory tattooed on the bicep of a vigorous aural arm, no need of uttering obscenities.
These chaps don’t cheat; their good intentions are genuine. Blast loud, and tell the complaining neighbors to go shopping. Score one for Rome.