|Furio Di Castri|
Wooden You CD (2000)
224/112 Web album for sale Italian bassist Furio Di Castri leads this quartet through a series of daintily executed yet exuberantly performed modern jazz pieces also featuring generous doses of Mediterranean-style melodies, swing-based vamps, oscillating rhythms, and animated interplay. Clarinetist Mauro Negri and marimba performer Andrea Dulbecco enjoy a harmonious relationship throughout this upbeat affair, whereas the bassist's pronounced lines and drummer Bill Elgart's multifarious sense of swing round out a recording that gleams with innocence, subtle beauty, and inventive improvisational speak. The musicians also explore free bop motifs, march-like beats, and proceed with a quiet fire as Di Castri anchors the band through linear passages amid the soloist's sprightly sequences of call and response type dialogue. The musicians also render zestful translations of several Thelonious Monk compositions among various originals by members of the band. Essentially, "Wooden You" represents a ...