Gruppo Romano Free Jazz

(To Be Continued...)

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This recording was made on the day of the fortieth anniversary of saxophonist Mario Schiano's first jazz concert. He is joined by longtime collaborators, trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and bassist Bruno Tommaso, all of whom engage in nine free excursions of the highest order. Schiano sounds as fresh as ever, his revolutionary fervor never diminishing. Performing on both soprano and alto saxophones, his bittersweet tone and focused flights of fancy mesh brilliantly with Schiaffini's finessed ferocity and bassist Tommaso's intense, yet melodic interludes. Wonderfully packaged, with extensive liner notes (translated into English), this short but pithy collection is as good an introduction as can be expected to the works of this original artist and the considerable Italian free music scene.

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