Carlo Actis Dato

Ginosa Jungle

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By the time of this recording saxophonist Carlo Actis Dato had forged a stylistic path that combined freestyle jazz with Eastern European/Middle Eastern ethnic dance music. This album is further evidence of this direction, this time in the company of fellow Italian alto saxophonist Piero Ponzo, bassist Enrico Fazio, and drummer Fiorenzo Sordini. The recording is utterly delightful, with the usual excesses the saxophonist provides. There are times when the melodies are a touch tedious, but there is no denying the talents of Dato and his colleagues. The two-sax front line is a perfect fit for the melodies, as the intense interaction consistently builds to an invigorating, emotional head. The doubling of both horn players on clarinet (Dato on bass clarinet), and Dato performing on both baritone and tenor saxes, adds to the variety. Highly accessible and simply fun, the twelve tracks, all penned by the saxophonist, should appeal to his many fans and even attract a few converts. While there is little new to this release, the magic continues.