Mario Schiano

Trio Di Napoli

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Talk about stylistic diversity, and you just can't do better than Italian saxophonist Mario Schiano. Part of Italy's original avant-garde jazz element in the 1960s, Schiano has experimented with just about every kind of jazz, from traditional standards to the most exotic revolutionary sounds around. This one falls in the latter category, as Schiano sputters on alto and soprano saxes while compatriots guitarist and electronics manipulator Elio Martusciello and percussionist Maurizio Martusciello throw in lots of little noises and audio fragments from a host of obscure sources. It is all fascinating as explorations in sound, with experimental rhythms. Schiano's contributions are secondary to the concept, but the strange juxtapositions of voices and noises keeps it interesting, even though there is a somewhat static quality throughout.