Brasserie Trio: Musique Mecanique
Trumpeter Alberto Mandarini’s “1935” opens the proceedings with a playful series of choruses and charts that cross the boundaries of jazz from traditional New Orleans to the post modernist movement. Saxophonist Carlo Actis Dato’s “A Craxi in Tunisia” is a good vehicle for ideas that run rampant as the underlying melody rarely becomes convoluted or repressed while the improvisation and dialogue among Mandarini, Dato and trombonist Lauro Rossi is inviting. The Trio composition “Guarda Comes S’Offrono” is a perfect vehicle for Dato’s baritone sax expertise as he literally taps the rhythms on his saxophone keys while also performing the bouncy meter through lower register notes. Rossi and Mandarini take several choruses as the tune eventually veers off in many directions, which makes for unadulterated fun. The title track and group composition, “Musique Mecanique” is a blast as the lads stomp their feet and apparently knock around their instruments as either Mandarini or Dato mimic bird calls. The audience seemed very receptive as the Trio was having a little fun. Dato’s “Doussika” is an upbeat celebration of sorts featuring a nice melodic hook, which reminds this reviewer of classic World Saxophone Quartet motifs and harmonies. Here and throughout, the Trio convey a larger sound through coordinated charts, sharp phrasing and melodic choruses.
Despite this reviewer’s personal dissatisfaction with the recorded sound. “Musique Mechanique” offers plenty of joyous moments. As individuals, the Brasserie Trio have recorded with the much beloved Italian Instabile Orchestra and many others as they display class, expertise and a convincing knowledge of jazz lore. *** 1/2
Alberto Mandarini; Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion, voice: Lauro Rossi; Trombone, Voice: Carlo Actis Dato; Bass Clarinet, Tenor & Baritone Saxes, Voice
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz