297

Enzo Favata Tentetto: The New Village

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
The ancient and the modern is the theme of composer/saxophonist Enzo Favata's The New Village. Together with his Tentetto, he fuses traditional vocals from Sardinia, his home, with the American jazz lexicon. Unlike the cultural larceny of Paul Simon's Graceland (Warner, 1986), Favata's music coalesces into an ingenuous expression of music.

The saxophonist has immersed himself in Sardinia's culture, releasing traditional music of the past. Here, he invites a quartet of traditional singers, the Tenores di Bitti, a sort of ancient barbershop quartet to introduce several tracks and supplement the jazz. The Tenores di Bitti has a guttural and at first listen, a harsh sound. The singers' throaty, back-of-the-mouth delivery, derived from shepherd's passing time, gradually flows into the music, not unlike Albert Ayler's plaintive delivery.

Favata fancies the jazz of the 1960s and '70s, plus he incorporates electronics, sampling, and electric instrumentation into his compositions. Daniele Di Bonaventura's Fender Rhodes swirls around the primeval vocals with Marcello Peghin's electric guitar announcing that everything new is quite old again. Like Dave Douglas reintroducing the '70s electric piano sound into his quintet a few years ago, the signal that it's okay to re-examine the plugged-in has been made. And like Douglas, Favata's energy is not focused on a jazz/rock fusion but a more ancient/modern blending.

The title track begins with the singers repeating several verses, the full band taking their patterns and expanding into a hearty groove-based song with continual reference back to the vocals. Favata solos over Peghin's extended guitar techniques with his broad tenor sound, reminiscent of Dexter Gordon or Johnny Griffin. Also heard here is the talented Riccardo Pittau, a serious improviser and extended trumpet technician who constantly blends, slurs, and accents this outing to great effect.

In the end, as the final track "In su soul e S'anima (to marcello and Lester)" so artfully demonstrates, all great music (jazz or ancient) begins with the blues.


Track Listing: Comare Mia; From Ottana To New York; T'amo' Su tempus nou; The New Village; Angels Sing; In su Monte Seris now; Cantu a Isterrita; The Night of Boes and Merdules; Boche & Notte in Chicago; Pullighitta Blues; In su soul e S'anima (to marcello and Lester).

Personnel: Enzo Favata: tenor saxophone, samplers; Riccardo Pittau: trumpet; Daniele Di Bonaventura: piano, Fender Rhodes piano; Marcello Peghin: electric guitar, live electronics; Salvatore Maltana: contrabass, electric bass; U.T. Gandhi: drums; Tenores di Bitti: Daniele Cossellu: vocals; Piero Sanna: vocals; Pierluigi Giorno: vocals; Mario Pira: vocals.

Title: The New Village | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Manifesto


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read A Night Walking Through Mirrors CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Barry Witherden
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jondo CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jazz Flute Traditions CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Flute Traditions
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Nerve Dance CD/LP/Track Review Nerve Dance
by John Sharpe
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read "Alcanza" CD/LP/Track Review Alcanza
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: August 14, 2017
Read "Lockout Station" CD/LP/Track Review Lockout Station
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Chapter Five" CD/LP/Track Review Chapter Five
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Honey And Salt" CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter" CD/LP/Track Review Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 12, 2017
Read "The Motorman's Son" CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.