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Zeno de Rossi / Shtik: The Manne I Love! (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)

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Drummer Zeno De Rossi's tribute to the late Shelly Manne covers the valiant west coast drummer's contributions from swing to bebop, and from soundtracks to Frank Zappa. Recorded over a two-year period, this double-disc set incorporates varying ensembles and diverse styles into an inexhaustible homage to a neglected jazz hero.

Shtik'sprevious release—Me'or 'Einayim (El Gallo Rojo, 2007)—combined Rossi's two loves: jazz and Jewish music, not unlike the NY Downtown crowd. Here his group covers both Manne compositions and tunes associated with the drummer's extensive sideman work with artists including Sonny Rollins ("I'm An Old Cowhand"), Ornette Coleman ("Lorriane"), Tom Waits ("Pasties And G-String"), and " Lee Konitz ("Subconscious Lee"). Manne also played with Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Raymond Scott, Stan Kenton, before his later TV and movie soundtrack work.

De Rossi's take on Manne is reminiscent of John Zorn's tribute to Ennio Morricone on The Big Gundown (Nonesuch, 1986), where the Downtown saxophonist/composer combined various musicians to salute the spirit of the noted film composer. Like Zorn, De Rossi chooses not to adhere to strict covers remakes, employing Daniele D'Agaro and Francesco Bigoni, on his cover of Sonny Rollins' trio session, Way Out West (OJC, 1957), as a two-tenor saxophone conversation, under which he applies his deft beats. Throughout the set, De Rossi's passionate playing is the constant—like Manne, always swinging and tasteful.

The highlights are almost too many to mention. Burt Bacharach's "Wives And Lovers" is lovingly rendered, with electric piano and Silvia Donati's vocals. Donati can also be heard on "The Thrill Is Gone," "All Of Me," and a farcical synthesizer rendition of "Fever." De Rossi's admiration for Zorn is heard in the Masada-sounding take on {{Jimmy Rowles}|' "Perk Up," as well as Coleman's "Lorraine." Throughout, De Rossi delivers a drum clinic. Accenting, driving, and swinging the tribute, he makes you want to dig in, dig?

Track Listing: CD1: Sheldon; When We're Alone; All Of Me; La Mucura; Out On A Limb; Jubilation T. Cornpone; Lorraine; Pasties And G-String; Subconscious Lee; Perk Up; Zamar Nodad; Fever; Queen Of Humus. CD2: The Washington Twist; Un Poco Loco; The Thrill Is Gone; Flip; Victory Ball; I'm An Old Cowhand; Wives And Lovers; How About That; Africa; The Sound Effects Manne; Me And Some Drums; Mt Manne Shelly; Lost Life; Panama Limited; Take Your Clothes Off.

Personnel: Zeno De Rossi: drums, balafon, percussion, prepared guitar, bongos; Danilo Gallo: bass; Alfonso Santimone: piano, vibes, Korg MS-10 analog synth, Fender Rhodes, Farfisa organ, upright piano, Vox organ; Achille Succi: clarinet, bass clarinet; Paolo Botti: banjo, viola; Mauro Ottolini: tuba, trombone; Enrico Terragnoli: guitar, acoustic bass guitar, electric bass; Daniele D'Agaro: tenor sax; Gerhard Gschlößl: trombone; Francesco Bigoni: tenor sax; Stefano Senni: bass; Silvia Donati: vocals; Nicola Fazzini: alto sax; Alessandro "Asso" Stefana: guitar, ring modulator; J. Kyle Gregory: trumpet; Vincenzo Vasi: vocals, theremin, electric bass; Simone Padovani: percussion; Claudia Bidoli: vocals; Pietro Senni: vocals; Nina Browarnik: vocals.

Title: The Manne I Love! (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2) | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: El Gallo Rojo Records

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