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by Maurice Hogue
Forty years after the death of John Coltrane in 1967, Sardinian saxophonist Enzo Favata was presented with an opportunity to assemble a group for a festival and perform their concept of what Coltrane's music might have sounded like in 2007. That's one of the featured albums in this edition of One Man's Jazz. You'll also hear tunes from the exciting international group, Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna's new album There's Still Life on Earth, plus some new hard-hitting music from Sabir ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The ancient and the modern is the theme of composer/saxophonist Enzo Favata's The New Village. Together with his Tentetto, he fuses traditional vocals from Sardinia, his home, with the American jazz lexicon. Unlike the cultural larceny of Paul Simon's Graceland (Warner, 1986), Favata's music coalesces into an ingenuous expression of music.
The saxophonist has immersed himself in Sardinia's culture, releasing traditional music of the past. Here, he invites a quartet of traditional singers, the Tenores di Bitti, a ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Inspired by Alberto Ferrero della Marmora’s one hundred year old book “Voyage en Sardaigne”, saxophonist/composer Enzo Favata is accompanied by the usual members of his group and some of Sardinia’s best musicians while weaving a fabric of folksy pieces that successfully integrate elements of European jazz stylization’s. The approach is startlingly genuine as the listener gets a peek into this historic and industrious Mediterranean Island through these exhilarating and wondrously refreshing compositions.
“Contami unu Contu” commences with a beautiful melody ...read more