Patrizia Scascitelli

Live in Rome

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Italy seems to produce an endless flow of jazz pianists, occasionally rising to the extraordinary levels of a Giorgio Gaslini. This album features a native Italian, Patrizia Scascitelli, who at the time of this release had been living in the United States for nearly 20 years. She enjoys the imprimatur of Gaslini, who performs with her in tandem on the final track, a medley of "Lover Man" and "A Night in Tunisia." The duo is clearly the highlight of the album, which otherwise features the confident and somewhat muscular Scascitelli in a set of mostly standards performed conservatively though powerfully. Scascitelli plays with the finesse of a superb cocktail pianist, with lots of legato runs and impressive flourishes. The excesses are there, too, as she sometimes packs in too many notes, rarely resting for breath. She has a strong sense of melody, and a strong two-handed punch that only lets up occasionally. When she joins Gaslini, they are careful not to trip over one another, alternating leads, and the results are somehow studied yet filled with an excitement that is sometimes missing from the solo tracks. The duo track was performed live in Rome, and the adoring Italian audience applauds wildly -- a fitting end to a fine performance.

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