Paolo Fresu/Richard Galliano/Jan Lundgren: Mare Nostrum (2008)
Waltzes, of course, are numerous, swirling and dreamy affairs that evoke smoky cabarets, midnight quais, Seine-side trysts. Unisons between Galliano and Fresu are mesmerizingly resonant, especially with flugelhorn or Harmon-muted trumpet (the eerie, soundtrack-destined "Sonia's Nightmare"). Filling out the program's sweeter side are tunes by Jobim (echoing Harold Arlen's "Over The Rainbow"), Trenet (that 'translates' to "I Wish You Love") and a semi-classic spin on Ravel's pristine "Mother Goose."
Any improvising? Why, yes, a little. Lundgren nips a tasty solo on his "Years Ahead." There's a bit of stretch time for Fresu and Galliano often, too, more poignant for lasting just a chorus. The communal warmth and understanding between these three expresses itself as earthy, organic and timeless. They achievewith apparent effortlessness and gracea session with Greek proportions of heart, mind and spirit: rather pretty, pretty moving, moving right along. Their seawarmly, reassuringly Mediterraneanabsolutely improves on second dips.
Track Listing: Mare Nostrum; Principessa; Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce; The Seagull; Que reste-t-il de nos amours?; Years Ahead; Sonia's Nightmare; Chat Pitre; Valzer del Ritorno; Open Your Mind; Liberty Waltz; Mio Mehmet, forse il destino m'impedira di rivederti; Ma Mere L'Oye; Para Jobim; Varvindar Friska.
Personnel: Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn; Richard Galliano: accordion, bandoneon; Jan Lundgren: piano.
Record Label: ACT Music
Style: Modern Jazz