Listening to Beethoven's Ninth, no matter
if on a high-end hi-fi system or on a humble cdplayer like
mine, there's always something missing........ you can play
the Ninth at a disco night... nobody will start dancing. In
India people would pass by without noticing and in a
conctruction site, among noises of chains machines you
couldn't even hear it. Guessed what's missing?
Everybody realized this, but the only one
so far who had the guts to take the sticks and drum those 80
minutes is Massimo Aiello, free-lance drummer and musis
teacher. Massimo Aiello is italian and plays music since he
was ten. He studied with the likes of Tullio de Piscopo and
Enrico Lucchini. He likes learning and improving: this is no
rock'n roll but he definetly deserves great respect and has
played with around 80 bands, both italian and international
and 40 different musical styles. And now he has recorded this
Tribute to Beethoven-Drum in the Symphony no.9 for Azzurra
Music. With a drum arrangement of Beethoven's Ninth.
Considering that we grew up with Beethoven's music, a piece
of symphony, a Windows XP, a rock'n roll rearrangement; from
a classical point of you, you can only associate it with the
fall of the orchestra conductor, but we can not ignore this
What lies inside this record? If it's true
that you can better water plants by transplanting them---
flowers are ideas that grow in the vase of arrangement. With
melodies in their place. Massimo achieved the idea of playing
without overplaying, underline without deleting... so that
Betthoven's flowers keep blossoming with red petals.
Pam –Ru-pa-pa. Ra-pa-pa-pa, Ra-pa-pa-pa..
Can you recognize the 28° minute?
Transplant. stem cut in a modern new way,
add a wet garage sound, or a minimum of instruments, keyboard
otr weird instruments, or a perfect lyric, or a cool dub. Good
that there is nothing of that. Hey Fatboy, Junky,...
Nourish your flowers.
And now, when there's silence you can hear flutes and boom
boom bass. For those who have no rhythm sense, heere's the
main theme. Massimo keeps time perfectly, does not play one
note too many, or too few, no matter if he is playing a lot,
or just a little. Sense of measure and taste are evident even
in the complete darkness, what am I saying, during the
silence. The Hymn to Joy , in the points where the
instruments, (ehm) guitars, distorted keyboards, and drums are
silent, and you only hear the choir, gets a new percussive
breath, you can tell evn the teeth have been brushed, they
don't smell any more, there is something new and fresh. Then
at the 22° and 1/2 min, fourth movement , you hear a plain,
free, probably improvised solo. And you understand with how
much power he had been holding it back from the beginning.
Than follows a brief and powerful final resolution and that's
all. The record is over.
It had been long since we found a record that you can dig byh
the millimeter, keepeng track of minutes and duration of the
musical pieces. Interesting idea, right direction , cheerful
english design in music, the force for pushing the keys is not
enough, there are other things to consider. I see it this way:
with one ear, one eye, one hand you have to play, and with the
others (ear, eye, hand) you have to remember.
I would trust with
eyes closed Massimo,which by the way is also a teacher, as a
drum teacher for my son.
To say the truth some body with an accademic styles suggested
I throw away this record. But we have a different idea.