77

Trio Fattoruso: Trio Fattoruso

Todd S. Jenkins By

Sign in to view read count
Enlightening Uruguayan fusion for the new millennium. In the late 50s, young brothers Hugo and Jorge Fattoruso played in Uruguayan street festivals with their washtub-bassist father Antonio. A few years later the brothers founded the popular Latin-rock band Los Shakers, and eventually the New York fusion band Opa, which combined the traditional candombe rhythms of their homeland with red-hot fusion chops. They also performed with Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira in the 70s; Hugo was the principal writer on Airto’s 1973 album Fingers.

Forty-odd years later, back home in Uruguay, the brothers have reformed the trio with Hugo’s son Francisco on electric bass. Unlike the original trio, however, here’s no street-busker folkiness here. The group’s breeding in multiple Latin and fusion styles results in a torrential downpour of fresh sounds. While the South American roots of Trio Fattoruso are evident, the disc isn’t as dominated by Latin rhythms and structures as one might expect. This is a matchlessly remarkable fusion effort, no matter what its nationality.

The pinpoint interplay of the three performers gels into a vital solidity, exemplified by the perfectly coordinated accents of piano, bass and cymbals on the intro of “Ahchi Kohchi”. The light-hearted waltz “Esa Tristeza” features a vocal by Hugo that recalls Michael Franks, but wittier and more mind-adhesive. “De Igual A Igual” almost reaches thrash-metal intensity at times, intercut with rapid minor passages. Drummer Jorge machetes his way through “Distortion Generator” beneath Francisco’s searing metal guitar and Hugo’s funky keyboard dance-quacks. “Gospel For J.F.P. III” sounds as if it was generated by a computer possessed by the Holy Spirit. It’s both unexpected and utterly uplifting, like many of the other selections here. While the band veers through wild stylistic changes from track to track, the disc never sounds unfocused. The variety is all part of the grand plan.

Hugo selects keyboard sounds that are both unusual and completely appropriate to the tunes. In other settings some of these tones might sound cheesy, but they work magically here. Hugo’s spidery rhythmic sense is also quite singular. The fleet, complex performances of Francisco and Jorge almost imply the presence of a few extra limbs. Francisco’s bass work is particularly invigorating throughout. He colors “Tiempo” with Pastorian harmonic figures, then moves into a melodicism reminiscent of Pat Metheny. While he has obviously done his homework regarding fusion styles, he takes it far beyond the usual aping of icons and into brand new territory. His emotive plucking on “Queixa” is firm enough to drive the mood home without overwhelming the underlying gentleness. And from the subtly complex lope of “S.T.C.-P.M.” to the pure crush of “De Igual A Igual”, Jorge is focused and wholly versatile as a drummer. He clings to these elaborate rhythms like white on rice but can stretch out like Silly Putty when needed.

Between them, the members of Trio Fattoruso have conjured a refreshing, consistently surprising disc. This Latin American family affair bears much repeated listening; one of the year’s most entertaining releases. (http://www.bigworldmusic.com; http://www.candombe.com)


Track Listing: Esa Tristeza; Trio Celeste; S.T.C.-P.M.; Beginning; Charlando Con Jorge Graf; A Morte De Um Deus De Sal; Queixa; De Igual A Igual; Tiempo; Corre Nina; Melodia A Christian; Distortion Generator; Ahchi Kohchi; Gospel For J.F.P. III.

Personnel: Hugo Fattoruso, keyboards, vocals; Francisco Fattoruso, bass, electric guitar on #4, 12; Jorge Fattoruso, drums.

| Record Label: Big World Music | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Hugo Fattoruso Hugo Fattoruso
multi-instrumentalist

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Portraits and Places" CD/LP/Track Review Portraits and Places
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Trane 90" CD/LP/Track Review Trane 90
by Jim Trageser
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "(Five) Stories Untold" CD/LP/Track Review (Five) Stories Untold
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Alto Manhattan" CD/LP/Track Review Alto Manhattan
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain" CD/LP/Track Review So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain
by John Sharpe
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Ocean of Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!