by Chris May
Since debuting with the quintessential acid-jazz suite Jet Sounds on the Milan-based label Schema in 2000, the composer, arranger, producer and guitarist Nicola Conte has released another ten exquisitely beautiful albums exploring acid jazz, spiritual jazz, soul jazz and bossa nova, often all on the same disc. Conte also produces other artists and has curated rare-groove bossa nova compilations for Far Out and modal-jazz compilations for Blue Note and MPS. Everything he does is erudite and lustrous and certain to ...read more
by Ernesto De Pascale
During the Swinging Sixties, the most respected Italian composers and performers found work recording the prettier reflections of what was then the in sound. Despite extensive jazz backgrounds and advanced musical educations, these musicians were reduced to simply saying what people wanted to hear. It was in films that such Italian maestros as Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani, Piero Piccioni and Bruno Niccolai often found their most creative release. They could be creative, and still give the people what ...read more
by Douglas Payne
This is the second disc by mysterious keyboardist John Cabildo that the Italian label Schema has released in the last year. The first, Yuxtapocision, under the nom de disc of Cabildo's Three, was a gem of light, tight, funky grooves. This one – presumably recorded in Miami sometime in the mid-70s, too – is less interesting and a bit more erratic. But it ups the jazz-funk a bit and, rather less successfully, dips a bit too much into the Latin ...read more
by David Corrigan
The Cabildo's Three are a bit of a mystery mainly due to the obscurity of the original release and the limited, pigeon English sleeve notes on this Italian re-issue. Originally released in the 70's on the Thuban Six label and recorded in Miami, further details are unclear.
What is clear however is that the trio are very talented musicians - Cabildo on keyboards, Bobby Fares on bass and Max Ronnie on percussion. Not names from the Latin Music Hall of ...read more
by Douglas Payne
Yuxtaposición is a recently unearthed treasure recorded by a tight Italian trio in Miami during the early seventies. Until now, this music has only been heard in office backgrounds, TV commercials and movie soundtracks. But the perseverance of an admirer brought about its first-ever release on the Italian Schema label.
Imagine hearing a 1972-era Cal Tjader quartet without Cal Tjader and you get an idea of what to expect. It's slightly Latin, lightly funky and truly enjoyable. Yuxtaposición offers enough ...read more