Sicilian Opening from Salvatore Bonafede is a wonderful album. It offers ample reason why Bonafede has been in demand by musicians as diverse as Ralph Towner, Enrico Rava, Dewey Redman, and Lester Bowie. The Italian pianist is an extremely gifted and melodic composer. His songs are utterly fascinating and memorable. They can flutter and soar, like birds on the wing, as La Grande Ilusión" and Appunti su Palermo," do. They gallop and swing with equal portions of equine grace and jazzy swagger as Ideal Standard" does. Then there are those that echo in the mind's ear with marvelous and unforgettable ...read more
Hailing originally from Sicily, pianist Salvatore Bonafede earned a scholarship to Boston's Berklee School of Music in 1986. A 1989 move to New York saw him playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Lew Tabackin and Joe Lovano. Bonafede moved back to Sicily in 1994, where he has worked with many jazz luminaries, including Joe Lovano's 12-Piece Orchestra. The résumé reveals a musician conversant in a variety of ensemble configurations, but Bonafede pares things down to a trio for Sicilian Opening.The disc opens with the title cut, a jaunty, bounce-in-the-step tune, with crisp piano in ...read more
Enrico Rava weaves his passionate trumpet through Viaggo A Donnafugata, the opening track of pianist Salvatore Bonafede's new album. Kicking Journey To Donnafugata off with a nostalgic tone, he creates a prayerful introduction to an album which pays homage to the beloved island of Sicily, the setting for Luchino Visconti's 1963 film Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). Journey To Donnafugata is actually an exploration of Nino Rota's soundtrack to the movie, complete with Giuseppe Verdi's Gran Valser, played as a solo trumpet piece. With a robust crew of musicians (Bonafede and Rava are joined by guitarist John Abercrombie, ...read more
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