Daniele Cavallanti

Times for Peace

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With guest tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman joining the very special Daniele Cavallanti Quartet, you might expect sparks to fly. After all, Redman was an integral part of Ornette Coleman's famous group. Yet, somehow, this is a case of the sum not quite equaling the parts. Some of the compositions by Cavallanti are a touch limp, and while Redman and Cavallanti solo with characteristic flair, there is a sense that this session is not what it might have been. Stefano Battaglia is a dynamo on piano, and displays a riveting free spirit on "BIM, February the 4th." Tiziano Tononi also offers strong support throughout on percussion, and contributes the only piece not written by Cavallanti. Curiously, Redman is the gentler of the two saxophonists, and his bluesy effort on "Reflections" is a throwback to his Texas roots.

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