150

Raffaello Pareti: Il Circo

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Raffaello Pareti: Il Circo What become more and more apparent in investigating the broad catalogue of the Italian EGEA label is exactly how vibrant the Italian jazz scene is. While listeners abroad may be familiar with prominent names like Rava and Fresu, there are many more talented artists, including the four found on Il Circo. Bassist Raffaello Pareti nominally leads the session and contributes most of the music, but this is clearly a collaborative effort.

Guitarist Bebo Ferra, recently reviewed for his elegant Oregon-esque Mari Pintau , shows that he is far more individual than being simply a good Ralph Towner clone. There is a transparency to the way he plays; he demonstrates an almost frighteningly broad harmonic knowledge, yet manages to embed it in a style that consistently sings a song and tells a story. Saxophonist Stefano Cantini is lyrical without being obvious, another player whose solos become more than merely a collection of notes—he is another fine storyteller. Accordionist Antonello Salis, like Dino Saluzzi and Richard Galliano, manages to retain the ethnicity of the instrument while adapting it to surprisingly sophisticated bop-informed melodies. And Pareti manages to keep a strong rhythmic emphasis, with a strength that completely eliminates the need for any form of percussion.

Together the group takes on Pareti’s compositions, making them feel more like a connected suite than a collection of songs. As Paolo Fresu, who writes the liner notes, describes, the pieces are almost formed like an opera, with the opening title track setting the stage and the jaunty finale, “Marameo,” closing things on a light-hearted note. In between there are moments of joy, as in the bossa-flavoured “Dona Flor,” coupled with periods of melancholy, as in “Al Ciel a Voi Anime Gentili.” Throughout the album musicians approach the material with a certain abandon. The up-tempo, tango-informed “Orazi e Carpazi” provides a spotlight on Cantini’s barely-controlled soprano work; Salis manages to scat along at an incredibly brisk pace with his accordion solo. And Raffaello plays with a deeply resonant tone that coincides perfectly with Percy Heath’s description of feeling the bass in your feet.

Il Circo is another fine record from EGEA that takes the extemporization of jazz and gives it a uniquely Mediterranean bent. Luxuriously recorded, brightly composed and played with the right combination of thoughtfulness and enthusiasm, it proves that there is a rich music scene in Italy that demands to be heard.

Visit EGEA Records on the web.


Track Listing: Il Circo; Dona Flor; Al Ciel a Voi Anime Gentili; Orazi e Carpazi; Alba Nel Deserto; Colazione da Barbara; Bocca di Rosa; Il Viaggio di Carlotta; Marameo

Personnel: Stefano Cantini (saxophones), Antonello Salis (accordion, voice), Bebo Ferra (guitar), Raffaello Pareti (double-bass)

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Egea Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Ensam" CD/LP/Track Review Ensam
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 26, 2016
Read "Otterville" CD/LP/Track Review Otterville
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "Hear & Now" CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Alive" CD/LP/Track Review Alive
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 15, 2016
Read "Desertion" CD/LP/Track Review Desertion
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Amorandom" CD/LP/Track Review Amorandom
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 3, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!