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According to the press release, “ A Volte Ritornano is an important legacy to the next generation and beautiful homage to some of the most important social songs of the Italian history”. Beautiful it is, as vocalist/guitarist Mauro Palmas has assembled a diverse cast of Italian musicians equally proficient and experienced with jazz and Sardinian Roots music. Here, Palmas presents the listener with twelve pieces that “cover events from the Risorgimento to the Second World War”. The lyrics are sung in Italian, although there are liner notes written in English as the pleasing sounds and intelligent arrangements speak volumes.... a special language that appeals to the senses!
Simply stated the music is gorgeous, complete with emphatically stated melodies sung in decisive fashion. The music is folk-ish yet many of these pieces feature solid backbeats, mandolins, some rock motifs, a few doses of jazz and effective clarinet work from Gabriele Mirabassi. Whether or not you understand the lyrics, the music is radiant and somewhat magical as a sense of merriment prevails throughout. These musicians convey their message in conclusive fashion as A Volte Ritornano is a special event and – guaranteed to put a smile on your face. * * * 1/2
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.