It's just one of those happy coincidences that bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, whose name is likely Italian in orgin, is one of the featured artists in this episode, because there's noticeable Italian content as well. Mezzacappa's latest with her ensemble Six, is inspired by the short stories of Italo Calvino (also Italian). Music from Italian musicians comes in the form of saxophonists Fabio Delvò and Piero Bittolo Bon, the duo DST (expanded to a trio), and drummer Francesco Cusa who has five songs on his recording The Uncle (Giano Bifronte), each played twice, once with Cusa's Assassins band and the other by a trio that included pianist Gianni Lenoci, who died unexpectedly in September 2019. And Lenoci's own trio is heard as well. Also on the bill, to wrap-up Black History Month is Christian McBride, the Denis Colin Trio and Matana Roberts, and some very interesting music from Denmark, based around saxophonist Frederik Lundin, one with his band 5 Go Adventuring Again and a big adventurous ensemble, the Maluba Orchestra.
Piero Bittolo Bon & Bread and Fox "Ego Surfer's Delight" from This Is Sour Music (Trouble In The East) 00:00
Host speaks 12:00
Lisa Mezzacappa Six "The Distance Of The Moon" from Cosmicomics (Queen Bee) 14:41
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