Gianni Basso

A La France 3: Berceuse Pour Maud

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Italian tenor saxophonist Gianni Basso salutes ten songs written either by French composers or at least with a French flavor. Joined by pianist Andrea Pozza, bassist Luciano Milanese, and drummer Massimo Manzi, Basso's tone often recalls the lyricism of Ben Webster. Two songs will stand out immediately to many listeners: the ballad "Et Maintenant," recorded and released in the U.S. by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass as "What Now My Love," and Bud Powell's "Parisian Thoroughfare." In both cases, Basso's arrangements are atypical; "Et Maintenant" is heard in a very brisk setting, while Powell's often-turbulently played piece is rather relaxed for a change. While many of the remaining tracks may not be familiar to many listeners, there isn't one that won't stand up to repeated hearings.

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