317

Furio Di Castri/Joe Lovano Quartet: Unknown Voyage

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Recorded in 1988 and originally released on the “A Tempo” label, Unknown Voyage is a worthy reissue featuring the “Furio Di Castri/Joe Lovano Quartet” - brought to us from the folks at “Newtone” records. Although billed as a quartet, the musical format here also comprises a series of duets and piano trio settings. Drummer Paul Motian and saxophonist Joe Lovano were doing quite a bit of recording back in the mid to late 80’s and here connect with some mighty fine talent, featuring bassist Furio Di Castri and pianist Franco D’ Andrea who are among Europe’s leading exponents of modern and mainstream jazz....

Beautifully recorded, the musicians are in top form on this date, as Motian and Di Castri perform loosely structured rhythms on the title track, “Unknown Voyage” and throughout. Yet on this piece, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano craftily insinuates the main theme via his brisk and somewhat bouncy lines while pianist Franco D’Andrea pursues lyrically rich motifs along a mid-tempo path. The composition titled, “Lichtung” is all about multi-layered textures, surging progressions, shade and tonal color, further enhanced by Lovano’s angular and somewhat bluesy lines as D’Andrea implements huge, sonorous block chords and glistening crescendos, all performed in climactic fashion! Di Castri and D’ Andrea turn in a melodious and thoroughly introspective duet on “Waiting” while D’ Andrea works the upper registers within the piano trio format on “Life Song”. Here, we are apt to drift off into a state of bliss via the musician’s implementations of shifting rhythms and dreamy passages. The final composition, “Zec” is a radiant post bop burner as trumpeter Flavio Boltro steps in, D’ Andrea steps out and drummer Manhu Roche trades places with Paul Motian. On this piece, Boltro and Lovano swap rapid fours amid a fervent swing pulse as they also augment the engaging melody line with sharp unison choruses.

Unknown Voyage is sort of like a surprise party for jazz aficionados or perhaps just a - very timely – present, thanks to the folks at the “Felmay/Newtone” distribution and record label who continue to find and reissue noteworthy material for the global jazz population. - - And for additional information you might want to peruse their website at: www.felmay.it

* * * * (out of * * * * *)

Personnel:

Furio Di Castri; Bass (Composer): Joe Lovano; Tenor Saxophone: Paul Motian; Drums (# 1-10): Franco D

| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
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 "Vars & Kaper:Deconstruction" CD/LP/Track Review Vars & Kaper:Deconstruction
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 29, 2016
Read "Iceland" CD/LP/Track Review Iceland
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs" CD/LP/Track Review Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs
by John Eyles
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Routes" CD/LP/Track Review Routes
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 4, 2016
Read "Noumenon" CD/LP/Track Review Noumenon
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 26, 2016
Read "Better Left Unsung" CD/LP/Track Review Better Left Unsung
by Doug Collette
Published: December 10, 2016

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!