Ettore Fioravanti


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The clever writing is what one is bound to notice first when hearing the opening track, "Nino," with its unusual hooks imbedded in a circus-like melody, something repeated later with a different twist on the riveting "Suite Canzoni: Vengo Anch'lo, no Tu No." By and large, there is a good choice of tunes, as drummer/leader Ettori Fioravanti mixes them well. His own writing is unusually subtle for a drummer and he draws on the talents of others. Fioravanti has selected for this session some compelling tunes and fine talents. In particular, the two "name" talents -- trombonist Beppe Caruso and saxophonist Tino Tracanna -- add immeasurably with strong solo contributions. Tight harmonies, hard bop lines, and aggressive swing tunes are the order of the day as the band weaves their spell. While the group (who call themselves Beleanto) only occasionally ventures into free territory (listen closely to "Si Suonava Megilo Quando si Suonava Peggio?," for example), they do occupy that enviable space just left of the modern mainstream. The results are rarely too abstract and more often highly accessible, though sometimes the vamps seem to drift endlessly, as on "Tema del Vento." De Bonis' fluid fingers touch the keys with pure vigor, resulting in repeatedly absorbing improvisations. A first-rate effort all the way, with satisfying results throughout.

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