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Stefano Di Battista: La Vita è Bella


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"La vita è bella" ("life is beautiful" in Italian) is one tune whose title truly captures its essence. Alto saxophonist Stefano di Battista leads his quintet through this peppy, hummable bebop piece, a remake of the movie theme of the same name. As the drummer's brushwork flies by at 160bpm, Di Battista and trumpeter Matteo Cutello unleash blazing solos that "Charlie and Dizzie" would be proud of. If you're looking for 3 minutes of straight-ahead jazz sunshine, this may make your day. It's also an excellent launching point to Di Battista's body of work, which has been better known in Italy and France through accompanying players such as Michel Petrucciani and Aldo Romano.

Scott Lichtman Contact Scott Lichtman on All About Jazz.
Jazz/fusion keyboardist & autograph collector in Stamford CT.

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