So if you have read any of my previous reviews of whole albums, the first track for me is quite important. It sets the mood for the listener, and the direction for the artist.
This album starts with one of its strongest tracks, but then again it could have started with any of the songs apart from the last two, and the only reason neither of those could have been the first track is not a quality thing, but a style thing. As both are different to the rest of the album but not in a bad way, as track 7 ‘Gea’ is probably my favourite on this album.
With this in mind you now know that Fabio Tullio has provided the modern/straight jazz world with a wonderful piece of work. In a time when some things that get called Jazz are so very very not, this album coming out of Italy can restore any lost faith in what is Jazz.
That starting song, ‘Mr Crohn’ is uptempo enough to make you want to immediately turn up the stereo and enjoy it for it is a masterful track. With great sax work Fabio is on point all the way through this first track, and indeed the album, and I am not a big sax fan but I liked the whole thing from start to moody end.
Again this album came to me without any record company pdf notes, something I do not mind as I can listen without those buzz words in mind, but the sleeve of the album also fails to mention what instruments are played by who, we just get three
extra names on the front cover. After a bit of internet searching I think that I know what is what now with this, though I have to say it was a negative for me the cover art. It is dull and missed out that important info. From finding out what is played by two of those three names I believe the drummer to be Massimiliano De Luca, whos playing on track 2 ‘Qwerty’ is quality. As it has a nice solo, not over the top fireworks or to technical, but one that fits perfect with the whole song with a wonderfully trashy china cymbal sound that I found very enjoyable. In fact his playing through out the album is nice, again never over the top but always fitting right.
I might as well just say that the other players in this traditional style Quartet of Bass, Drums, Piano & Sax are all quite good. Alessandro Gwis – Piano, and Luca Pirozzi – Bass. It seems like they are all playing well together here as a unit, and when I was listening to this on headphones I turned around a few times thinking someone behind me was calling, but it was the sound of the musicians on the album making verbal noise of pleasure at parts being played while recording. This always makes me smile to hear on any recording.
As I said before there are plenty of quality tracks and parts on this album that I will leave for you to discover, like the great angular feel of track four, or smoothness of track 3, or the fireworks of track 6 to the pleasure of just listening to this whole album. It is a pleasure to listen to, one that any fan of true jazz and modern jazz will like as a whole. Them guys from the continent have produced a good thing here.