This Milan, Italy based ensemble have been around since 1988. Here, they fuse Balkan stylizations with Klezmer and slight traces of baroque. Yet, the musicians' hearts and motivations lie within modern jazz frameworks. On this fine release, the sextet receives strong support from the guest musicians who comprise the "Rhapsodua Trio. As they render an artful program consisting of hip arrangements, sprawling rhythms, avant musings and more.
Vocalist Sabrina Sparti's wordless vocalise adds quite a bit of luster to this project on pieces such as "Ashkenazim Time - where the band pursues stately choruses and military march progressions. They can swing hard or segue into a Slavic wedding ceremony. The group also propagates a West Coast (United States) kind of vibe amid breezy horns and Ms. Sparti's airy scat singing on "Beograd. It's all about style, character and finesse. More importantly, the ensemble proclaims a wealth of sprightly themes throughout this generally melodious set. All concerned parties turn in thoughtful and at times, invigorating solo spots. However, the musicians' teamwork and irrefutable sense of focus and determination provides the Midas touch! Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Ashkenazim Time 2.Dionisius 3.Beograd 4.Balaton Tango 5.Camilla 6.Zhok Experimental Hora 7.Ale Brider 8.Bivacco Tartaro 9.Halicha L?Kesaria 10.Il Taumaturgo
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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