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Daniele Cavallanti Electric Unit: Smoke Inside

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Daniele Cavallanti Electric Unit: Smoke Inside I've got this ringing in my ears! That's electric jazz, son; trust me, it's good for you.

Italian saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti, best known for his work in Nexus and the Italian Instabile Orchestra with drummer Tiziano Tononi, assembled this Electric Unit not to play fusion, but the electric music handed down by founding fathers Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Al Foster, Steve Grossman, John McLaughlin, Dave Liebman and others.

Cavallanti's mission on Smoke Inside is accomplished with the aforementioned help of Tononi, plus the guitar of U.S. west coast hero Nels Cline. From the opener "Cline's Line, the guitar introduces a funk groove with Giovanni Maier's bass and the power-jam of the drummer. Cline and Cavallanti trade licks in this healthy anthem.

A tribute to the recently deceased saxophonist Dewey Redman, "Moods for Dewey finds a relaxed groove swept by the very large sound of Cavallanti's saxophone. He plays sans self-consciousness, not unlike Sonny Fortune. Cline is featured on one of his otherworldly guitar flights on "Fabrizio's Mood. Backed by the whirling Tononi and Maier, he rips, tears and crunches as introduction to some outward playing by Cavallanti and the keyboardist Ivano Borgazzi. The lengthiest track, a nearly twenty-minute "Ahimsa, rings of an early Wayne Shorter/Joe Zawinul vibe.

The slow-walking blues of "Go on Moses ends the disc. A certain crowd pleaser, the band evokes an old-time organ sound behind the guitar/saxophone sign-off.

It is, indeed, good for you.


Track Listing: Cline's Line; Ahimsa; Moods for Dewey; Lonesome Drive; Fabrizio's Mood; Go on Moses.

Personnel: Daniele Cavallanti: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone; Nels Cline: electric guitar; Ivano Borgazzi: Fender Rhodes, piano, keyboards; Giovanni Maier: bass; Pacho: percussion; Simone Massaron: electric guitar; Tiziano Tononi: drums.

Title: Smoke Inside | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Long Song


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