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Some of the best non-Charlie Parker Influenced Alto blowing...
The musicianship of Rosario Giuliani is exhilarating. His total package of performance, composition, and improvisation is not so much a breath of fresh air as it is a gale force wind blowing across a landscape littered with Charlie Parker/John Coltrane disciples. He has a confident, masculine tone that is at once assertive and tender, betraying bits of Julian Adderley and Eric Dolphy. The upbeat numbers, such as "Mr. Dodo," "September," and "Mimi" burn with a relaxed but determined urgency to express ideas. The ballads "Home" and "Francy’s Song" are thoughtful and lovely, delicate like a flower, durable like a kiss. As a follow-up to the very well received Luggage, Mr. Dodo recommends itself nicely.
Track Listing: Mr. Dodo; September; Home; By Night Forever; The Blessing; Francy
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.