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Actis Band: Allende

Read "Allende" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In addition to numerous solo gigs with various bands, Italian multi-reedist Carlo Actis Dato has been fronting this wily jazz-rock quintet for several years. And regardless of format, group size or style within the jazz idiom, his penchant for bravado and humor is unswerving. The band's in-your-face line of attack heralds a multifaceted approach to jazz-rock where thrusting rhythms supplement Dato's brazen soloing ventures.

Saxophonist Federico Marchesano is a rock-solid foil for Dato's renegade bass clarinet and baritone ...

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Extended Analysis

Actis Band: "On Tour" Live 2004

Read "Actis Band: "On Tour" Live 2004" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Actis Band “On Tour" Live 2004 Splasc(H) Records 2005

The name is Actis Dato. Carlo Actis Dato. And it belongs to one of the most interesting musicians on the scene today. The scene is jazz, but as seen and innovated by Actis Dato the boundaries go beyond the norm. That in itself is not usual, jazz having been stretched, distorted and stomped upon in several ways by myriad musicians which includes those who are ...

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Actis Band: Garibaldi

Read "Garibaldi" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Tenor saxophonist Carlo Actis Dato pokes a little good-natured fun at the father of Italy’s modern era, Guiseppe Garibaldi, via the cover art - featuring the band dressed in period garb marching to victory. On the flip side, the saxophonist steers this quintet through some of the hardest hitting modern jazz tinged rock you’ll likely hear. Perhaps Dato’s mindset was to emulate some of Italy’s fiercest military battles via music as they intertwine bubbly Mediterranean themes with wacko electric guitar ...


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