Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Italian Encounter

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Italian Encounter

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ITALIAN ENCOUNTER

LEWIS PORTERFURIO DI CASTRI FABRIZIO SFERRA TRIO

ALTRISUONI SAGI AS222

Lewis Porter (pno) Furio di Castri (bs) Fabrizio Sferra (dms) Rec Siena Jazz Festival, July 29, 2006

Blues For Siena/Cherokee Variation/A Summer Night/Wine Hot (into) Three As One/Body and Soul/Lester Young Samba/Again and Again TT: 62:10

This compact disc is by one American and two Italians who did not know each other except briefly before this festival. The miracle is that they make very complex music that is very much free form most of the time, technically sophisticated harmonically and at times very percussive. They communicate with each other beautifully. They all have "ears". This music is what one would say is "deep in the shed" and if you are not willing to go with them with an open mind, not much will happen for you.

Lewis Porter (above, left) is associated with Rutgers University, Newark NJ campus and holds a doctorate in music. He is also an author of a couple of books, notably on John Coltrane and Lester Young and may be better known in this capacity then as a pianist of great talent. Furio di Castri and Fabrizio Sferra are both distinguished jazz musicians of Italy and it sure shows up well here. …

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