There is much to gush about on Horizontal Dialogues, Rome-based drummer /composer Raffaele Califano's second disc as a leader. From the playfully earthy and resonant 7/4 opener "A Beetle Romantic" through to the looping fusion of "Onin" and "Out of the Loop" Califano's sense of conversation, between instruments, between players, between players and listeners, holds forth.
Ably abetted by pianist Antonio Magli, who moves from piano to keyboards without a hitch and double bassist Francesco Pierotti, who one moment is joined at hip and deep in the pocket with his drummer and the next laying down his own path within the musical framework, provide Califano's layered compositions to cross the line from formal jazz to an almost rock n roll feel.
Extending the dialogues across the ocean, NY tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake of the Mingus Big Band, holds the feature chair throughout. And Blake does not disappoint, whether he's laying low on the opener waiting for his moment to soar, or ranging free through the legato melody of "Baron and Pres" or flying over and around the harmony re- arrangement of Mile's "Tune Up." With all that said, it's the lengthy "Damiani Tres Duo" that intrigues me most, with its warm elegant textures.
Track Listing: A Beetle Romantic, Baron and Pres, Damiani Tres Duo, Yune Up, New
Life, Work Week, Out of the Loop, Onin
Personnel: Raffael Califano - drums, Seamus Blake - tenor sax, Antonio Magli -
piano, keyboards, Francesco Pierotti - double bass
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.