Carlo Actis Dato


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Carlo Actis Dato's work is better known now than in the '80s when this was recorded. The small-group tracks are very typical of his style, with lots of Eastern European melodies (often sounding like a Jewish wedding), plenty of silliness (here taking the form of singing and funny sounds), and an abundance of strong soloing on the leader's tenor and baritone saxophones and bass clarinet. This, along with Dato's other first recordings, made quite a sensation when first released, but has lost a little of its edge with time. Still, there is great fun to be had and some fine music to boot. In 1999, Splasc(h) reissued this in a two-disc set that also includes the albums Noblesse Oblige and Zig Zag.