【Francesco Cataldo - Spaces】(2013) ★★★★☆

(English follows Japanese)

 

My Favorite Album (384)

 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

http://tokyo-jazz-review.jimdo.com/

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イタリアのGuitarlistFrancesco Cataldo(フランチェスコ・カタルド)のセカンドアルバム。NYの猛者達との共演です。録音もNY。ますはメンバーを


Francesco Cataldo
g

David Binney(as,ss)

Salvatore Bonafede(p)

Scott Colley(b)

Clarence Penn(ds)

Erik Friedlander(cello on 7)

 

「猛者」でしょ

ピアノには同じイタリアからCAM JAZZ作品で素晴らしいピアノを聴かせるSalvatore Bonafedeが参加

で、内容

一抹の不安は


「寒いEuropean Jazz系だったらどうしよう?」


でしたが、聴いてみたら見事に払拭されました


もう「素晴らしい」の一言です

 

Europeanらしい優雅さと、NYの猛者達のPower Jazzが見事に融合しています

 

Guitarのスタイル的には、ジョン・スコの系かな。スペイシーかつうねるGuitar。クールで理性的かつ熱いソロを飛ばすDavid Binneyas)も絶好調!しなやかに心地よく背中を押すClarence Pennのドラミング。ルーツである地中海的なものを感じさせるソロを織り込みつつ、NYの勢い溢れるポスト・ハード・バップ・サウンドが楽しめます

 

近年稀に見る『銘盤』と言って過言はないでしょう

とにかくすべてのQualityが高い

 

曲良し!

演奏良し!

録音良し!

オマケにジャケットと装丁も良し!(ECM作品のようにCDケースに紙の箱が付いていて豪華です)

文句ナシ!

ぜひ試聴を!

 

Highly recommended!

 

(Personnel)
Francesco Cataldo
g

David Binney(as,ss)

Salvatore Bonafede(p)

Scott Colley(b)

Clarence Penn(ds)

Erik Friedlander(ello on 7)

(Track List)

1. Our Jazz (Prologue)

2. Algerian Waltz

3 .Siracusa

4. Ortigia

5. Sunrise in Rome

6. Spaces

7. Vito (Intro), Raccontami

8. Why

9. Your Silence

10. Tourist in My Town

11. Perugia

12. A Phrygian Day

13. The Rain and Us (Epilogue)

Francesco Cataldo - Website

Offcial Website

http://www.francescocataldo.eu/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/francesco.cataldo.56?fref=ts

Preview

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/spaces-feat.-david-binney/id591041264


Buy CD (Preorder/ Out on July 10)


☆ Amazon Japan
http://www.amazon.co.jp/Spaces-%E8%BC%B8%E5%85%A5%E7%9B%A4-Francesco-Cataldo/dp/B00BIDWB4G/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1372406725&sr=1-1&keywords=Francesco+Cataldo+-+Spaces

☆HMV Japan
http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Francesco-Cataldo_000000000530754/item_Spaces_5447880

☆Tower Records Japan
http://tower.jp/item/3263458/Spaces

EPK (Video & Audio)


Francesco Cataldo - Spaces - feat. David Binney, Salvatore Bonafede, Sco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uctyMJTqz_M


Review

Alfamusic presents SPACES The new album by Francesco Cataldo Featuring: Francesco Cataldo & Baritone Electric Guitar, Arrangements David Binney Sax Salvatore Bonafede Piano Scott Colley Double bassClarence Penn Drums Erik Friedlander Cello on - Francesco Cataldo (Alfamusic / Egea distr.) "Being in the studio one day in September in New York with Scott Colley, Dave Binney and Clarence Penn at his side, he could have come up with any ideas. I know, a disc "exaggerated" when embarking on a technicality exasperated, or to pour abstract tunes and brain denominator common to a lot of jazz of European origin. Luckily Francesco Cataldo has repulsed every temptation, and, accompanied by the faithful Salvatore Bonafede, giving us a job really surprising, he did what he does better and better, all focusing sull'interplay and melody. From the first song the band took to grind inexorably sounds with a greatpersuasiveness. Immediately you that magical mechanism that is triggered is the oil is the engine of jazz. interplay is called and consists in the pleasure and ability that musicians have, together, to talk and to play their instruments exchanging information. The discipline of the band did the rest, nullifying any possible mania leadership. A spell, considering the formation completely new. Melody is the protagonist in each composition: it is a cd full of themes that will open the heart and the mind. So here they are the sounds Mediterranean, deep as the sea that surrounds us. All revolves around the melody in absoluteharmony, each individual instrument tracks the poem that captures the mood of the listener. Musiciansinspired by the songs always make balanced and beautiful thanks to amalgam who were able to create, albeit rather different for education, culture , experiences, listening to a great harmony. The goal is not to play loads and loads of notes, but finding the right note, in all of the songs are felt more empty than full because importance is given to the breaks. "When you have sounds from silence " likes to remind Bonafede and this record testifies.
-Publication of "Spaces" the new album by Francesco Cataldo

 

Currently I am having a love affair with any jazz coming out of Italy. The irony that Italy is on my bucket list as I have never been to this beautiful part of the world and once there would probably not leave. Once again I have been fortunate to have a six string virtuoso reach out to me to give his new release a test drive. Going into a review stone cold is often a musical crap shoot. After one bad experience with a talentless hack here in the States I have been concerned about my due diligence when it comes to presenting you with the finest in jazz. When I saw the names David Binney, Scott Coley and Clarence Penn then I knew for sure Francesco Cataldo and his latest release Spaces would be as good as anything major labels are putting out here in the States. This most appropriately titled release has that three dimensional sonic depth of field where drummer Clarence Penn puts on a dazzling display of articulated authority and gives a master class in sonic fury on the tune "Siracusa". Pianist Salvatore Bonafede joins in the ensemble interplay with a rhythmic pulse that while slightly abstract adds a delightful layer of texture. Scott Colley is one of the finest lyrical bassists today and his prolific talents drive this most formidable quintet to that musical happy place somewhere between free jazz and hard bop on this most impressive composition. "Algerian Waltz" is in direct contrast to "Siracusa" another odd metered gem that never loses accessibility with stellar performance turned in by Penn, Bonafede, and Colley on bass. More so than any other tune, "Algerian Waltz" is an intimate all most sonic self portrait with Vito Cataldo ably handling an exquisite solo while demonstrating perhaps the most unique sound for a modern jazz guitarist that I for one have ever heard. The lyrical sense of purpose takes what could be an ordinary ballad and raises the melodic bar for the entire ensemble to follow Cataldo's lead and compositional intent. "Your Silence" is a solo work with an acoustic flavor that reinforces the beauty of a simple well composed melody not to mention the rich sonic color palette from which Cataldo pulls from. Another intimate all most emotionally subtle cinematic presentation as though you were hearing a tune in search of a fine feature film. There are literally too many high points to list. Vito Francesco Cataldo is a triple threat handling guitars, compositions and arrangements. The diversity in Cataldo's compositions are striking and his artistic voice is one of those rare moments when an artist is playing from somewhere far deeper than their soul. From an engaging and intimate solo performance to showcasing the ability to capture the true chemistry of what a permanent working band should be this release is flawless from start to finish. Hopefully a follow up is in the works. I'll let  you know. There are pitfalls to this gig as sometimes you deal with artists that misrepresent themselves or are simply using you as a surrogate publicist. Vito Cataldo makes putting up with those people well worth the time, trouble and effort when you come across "the real deal." As a jazz journalist I feel honored to present this artist and hope you would check out his web site. Being a music critic is the equivalent of being a sonic prospector. I found my gold nugget! Talent such as Cataldo's are my inspiration for writing.