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Francesco Cafiso Quartet: Angelica

Read "Angelica" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Angelica claims a spot as a superior quartet set--alto saxophone and a rhythm section--right at the very beginning, not with the Duke Ellington-penned title tune, but with a Billy Strayhorn gem, “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." Italian saxophonist and jazz prodigy, Francesco Cafiso--just nineteen years old at the time this music was laid down--ignores the ...

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Francesco Cafiso Quartet: Happy Time

Read "Happy Time" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Many names come to mind as convenient references for precocious jazz talents: Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, the Marsalises, Bireli Lagrène, Roy Hargrove, etc. With Happy Time Sicilian-born Francesco Cafiso (born in 1989) earns his place amongst such once-profiled wunderkinds.

Having won, among many competitions, the International Massimo Urbani Award at age eleven and the EuroJazz Competition ...