Combining Cannonball Adderley's bluesy tone and John Coltrane's passion, alto and soprano saxophonist Stefano di Battista is one of the brightest European jazzmen to emerge from the continent in recent years. He worked with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones and released A Prima Vista, his U.S. debut, on the Blue Note label. On this CD, backed by a quartet, he delivers an impassioned musical tribute to his hometown, Rome. Augmented by the brilliant string arrangements of Vince Mendoza, these sessions are a tasteful blend of Charlie Parker's Charlie Parker with Strings and the romantic strains of Nino Rota's film scores. That cinematic sound is draped on the songs "Amoroso" and "Anastasia." "Romeo and Juliet" is Di Battista's heartfelt take on Franco Zeffirelli's famous motion picture, while "Arabesque" dances with zesty, midtempo rhythms. On the ballad "Roma Antica," his silky sax takes us back to the days when the Eternal City was new. That's what timeless music does. --Eugene Holley Jr.
|Manufacturer:||Blue Note Records|
|Publisher:||Blue Note Records|
|Studio:||Blue Note Records|
|Item Weight:||0.15 pounds|
|Item Size:||5.75 x 0.35 x 0.35 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.15 pounds|
|Package Size:||4.8 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches|
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