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Antonio Farao American Quartet: Evan

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Pianist and composer Antonio Faraò has a wealth of experience in jazz, beginning as a youngster in his native Italy and developing through a career that extends over 30 years. Evan, dedicated to his young son, is Faraò's twelfth album as leader. The seven originals and two covers are credited to Antonio Faraò American Quartet. The band's title reflects the fact that the recording took place in the USA and gives an indication of Faraò's musical compatriots--bassist Ira Coleman, saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Jack Dejohnette. It's Coleman who makes the first emphatic impression, with the tough, rolling, ...

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Antonio Fara: Far Out

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The joyous occasion of this new disc by Italian pianist Antonio Faraò is unfortunately overshadowed by the tragic death late last year of saxophonist Bob Berg, his sideman for this recording. Berg, whose horn accented the bands of Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, and 1980s bands of Miles Davis, made his biggest splash with jazz/rock guitarist Mike Stern. His final recording features some very inspired playing.

Farao, a child prodigy now a jazz sensation in Italy, has slowly entered into the US radar. His Black Inside (Enja 1998) with Tain Watts and Ira Coleman, while not given much notice, ...



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