Carlos Actis Dato & Enzo Rocco (Splasc: Paella & Norimaki
Not unlike a pair of rambunctious school chums exploring life’s offerings, the duo demonstrates willful, good-natured fun on works such as “Keffah”, where Dato’s often-audacious bass clarinet lines and Rocco’s blazing chord progressions coalesce for a motif that also draws similarities to Italian wedding music. Essentially, the musicians provide the listener with a series of rhythmically based works amid alternating dialogue and superb soloing. Throughout, the duo uncorks a multitude of polychromatic yet well organized sequences as they wittily cross genres whether pursuing Mexican-style serenades, flamenco, or two-step waltzes. However, the musicians’ rapidly executed unison choruses and fervent improvisational speak, equates to a modern jazz outing of the highest order.
With the piece titled, “Mondo Giusto”, the musicians introduce a spaghetti western-like theme along with brief incantations and intuitive interplay atop shrewd deconstruction of the primary melody while Dato hammers his baritone sax into submission. Overall, Paella & Norimaki is an appetizing feast for the aural senses! Recommended.
Track Listing: Mammamia, Keffah, Nakamura Song, Bambu, Habablanca, Faccia di pollo, Mandolinho, Vilnius, Ode to Henry Chinaski, Zarate, Enoteca, Ambarabba, Mondo giusto, Lu, Rumba Bamba
Personnel: Carlo Actis Dato; baritone & tenor saxes, bass clarinet: Enzo Rocco; guitar
Style: Modern Jazz