5

MoFrancesco Quintetto: Maloca

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
MoFrancesco Quintetto: Maloca Having appeared as a sideman on countless albums for over a decade, Italian bassist Francesco Valente finally unveils his first effort as leader with the modern jazz and fusion-like Maloca fronting his MoFrancesco Quintetto as they perform a session of fresh new originals exemplifying some of the styles and sounds of the Mediterranean area. Valente honed his skills as a musician while living in Lisbon, Portugal for sixteen years, performing in local venues and at various international festivals all while enhancing his academic credentials with a music degree from Escola Superior de Musica de Lisbon (ESML).

Opening up with the blistering "Tchap Tchap Tchap," Valente unleashes his very able horn section comprised of German trumpeter Johannes Krieger and Brazilian saxophonist Guto Lucena, on a Krieger original that sets the stage for an unexpectedly rousing session of music. Pianist Iuri Gaspar and drummer José Miguel Moreira also make their presence known with impressive musicianship. The bassist displays his appreciable chops on the opening statement to the title track, an up tempo burner with a contemporary feel to it. The fusion and improvisational nature of the music comes into play on the intricate Valente piece "Hamsa."

The bassist takes center stage on his arrangement of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok's classic "An Evening at the Village" where his pronounced play leads the music on a mid tempo romp of this reimagined song. Bartok's influence on Valente is obvious by the inclusion of two additional compositions, "Ket Roman Tanc" and "Buciumeana-Romanian Folk Dance." The leader's original "Naira" features some great saxophone work from Lucena in what is one of the swinging tunes of the set.

The quintet brings it all to a fiery close with an almost funky-styled gyrating finale on the Krieger chart "Soul," aptly titled for it indeed exhibits a great deal of soul. Maloca is truly a hidden gem of an album and bassist Francesco Valente and his remarkable MoFrancesco Quintetto, are the reason why this impressive debut, sparkles all over.


Track Listing: Tchap Tchap Tchap; Maloca; Hamsa; An Evening At The Village; Ket Roman Tanc; Buciumeana-Romanian Folk Dances; Naira; Soul.

Personnel: Francesco Valente: bass; Johannes Krieger: trumpet; Guto Lucena: reeds; Iuri Gaspar: piano; Miguel Moreira: drums.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Art of Life Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
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 "We Live Here" CD/LP/Track Review We Live Here
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "The Way You Say It" CD/LP/Track Review The Way You Say It
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 10, 2016
Read "Resolution" CD/LP/Track Review Resolution
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "Blues Revival" CD/LP/Track Review Blues Revival
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Sizzle" CD/LP/Track Review Sizzle
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "New York Connections" CD/LP/Track Review New York Connections
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

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!