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'Round about Roma
Stefano di Battista, Nino Rota, Vince [1] Mendoza
'Round about Roma
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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Combining Cannonball Adderley's bluesy tone and John Coltrane's passion, alto and soprano saxophonist Stefano di Battista is one of the brightest European jazzmen to emerge from the continent in recent years. He worked wit...  more »

     
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Combining Cannonball Adderley's bluesy tone and John Coltrane's passion, alto and soprano saxophonist Stefano di Battista is one of the brightest European jazzmen to emerge from the continent in recent years. He worked with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones and released A Prima Vista, his U.S. debut, on the Blue Note label. On this CD, backed by a quartet, he delivers an impassioned musical tribute to his hometown, Rome. Augmented by the brilliant string arrangements of Vince Mendoza, these sessions are a tasteful blend of Charlie Parker's Charlie Parker with Strings and the romantic strains of Nino Rota's film scores. That cinematic sound is draped on the songs "Amoroso" and "Anastasia." "Romeo and Juliet" is Di Battista's heartfelt take on Franco Zeffirelli's famous motion picture, while "Arabesque" dances with zesty, midtempo rhythms. On the ballad "Roma Antica," his silky sax takes us back to the days when the Eternal City was new. That's what timeless music does. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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A Trip In Rome...
Nimrod | Israel | 09/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I heard Stefano Di Battista at the Jazz Festival in Eilat last week, and under the adrenaline and excitment of the show, I ran to buy this album. Di Battita was the best show of the Festival- Fast going, Energetic hot jazz, that got the entire audience on their feet. However, you'll not find it in this album. However, I wasn't dissappointed at all. This is a great album, with cool, quiet and calm Jazz. Di Battista's tunes and playing have some special aroma to it, unique to him, that brings to mind a small Cafe in Rome. It is a wonderful album, just close your eyes and let the music take you wherever it desiers, hopefully, it'll be Roma..."
One of the best "jazz with strings" discs ever.
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 02/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The coming together of ace arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza with rising alto saxman Stephano di Battista here produces a kind of small miracle. It's very difficult to make this kind of session work. The challenge is to retain the rigor of jazz while adding the lush gorgeousness of sumptuous strings. Sloppy, maudlin sentimentality too often results.

Not here.

Mendoza brilliantly solves the aural puzzle, and the result is an altogether ravishingly beautiful sonic excursion that displays sufficient jazz sensibilities and rigor to satisfy the most nit-picky critic while at the same time exhibiting sheer aural ravishment.

Quite an accomplishment, and one hardly ever achieved in the jazz-with-strings arena.

If there is any analog, it strikes me that Fellini Jazz by Enrico Pieranunzi might be it. Both discs share an aural extravagance seldom encountered in the world of jazz. And both manage to retain enough jazz firmness to avoid the Scylla of sentimentality while also skirting the Charybdis of empty charism.

The beauty of Italian jazz fully on display. Absolutely worth hearing."