309

Danilo Rea/Enzo Pietropaoli/Fabrizio Sferra: Tales of Doctor Three

By

Sign in to view read count
Picture this. Two of Italy's most distinguished jazz musicians are former high-school classmates. They band together with a third and record an album of songs they all grew up with. Not just your standard jazz fare, either. This is the stuff they heard on the radio.

But Tales of Doctor Three delivers the goods - jazz style. It's an absolutely unique meeting of Enzo Pietropaoli's witty basslines interacting with the intense melodicism of Danilo Rea's piano and Fabrizio Sferra 's polyrythmic drum work.

The trio explores Neil Young's "Harvest," Elton John's "Your Song," Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" and Simon & Garfunkel's anthem, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Their explorations actually take these well-known tunes to new and unusual heights. That's due to the creative interplay quite apparent among the trio. They invest deeply in this music, offering provocative use of intriguing quotes and attractive counter-melodies.

"We decided to go after a 'sound' rather than a concept," explains Rea. "Everybody is looking for a concept! We were looking for something we just knew from our past, when we were listening to records rather than studying ancient Latin language or ancient Greek. And it's not like starting from scratch either. It's like hearing old records you thought you had forgotten and soon realize its part of your musical knowledge."

Indeed, Rea plays some fascinating harmonies. Like a true fan of the music, he even hums along to his playing too. Pietropaoli never gets too complicated and Sferra offers a wide combination of sounds and shades.

Listening to Tales of Doctor Three offers something as reassuring as surely as it suggests bold new concepts. First and foremost, it is a testament that good jazz is a state of mind - and not just a four-letter word.

| Record Label: Via Veneto Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Together, As One" CD/LP/Track Review Together, As One
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Mogoya" CD/LP/Track Review Mogoya
by James Nadal
Published: May 14, 2017
Read "The Art Pepper Quartet" CD/LP/Track Review The Art Pepper Quartet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 7, 2017
Read "On Hollywood Boulevard" CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "PointCounterPoint" CD/LP/Track Review PointCounterPoint
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 7, 2016
Read "Points of View" CD/LP/Track Review Points of View
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 26, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.