Francesco Maccianti Quartet: Oasi
Maccianti ( b. 1956) surrounds himself with the world-class support of Lello Pareti on bass and Walter Paoli on drums and tops it off with Pietro Tonolo’s perfectly-focused sax playing. The four explore a great melodic sensibility and invest in strong interplay here, particularly during "Love For Sale." But Oasi ’s best moments are Maccianti’s originals: "Piramidi," a geometric mix of theme and feeling that’s never wronged by its bittersweetness and "Cristalli Mulatti," an intriguing study of crisis, built simply from a solo piano, then resolved among the group’s melodic sensitivity.
Like a storyteller, Maccianti informs as he instructs, and entertains as he educates. Indeed, Maccianti was my own piano teacher twenty-some years ago and the one, I’m grateful to say, who introduced me to jazz. Today, he is considered a leading figure in contemporary Italian jazz, a well-respected artist and often quoted as one of the best contemporary " young " Italian talents. Oasi proves that he is all this and more. A fine album that leaves one hoping for more...soon!
Track Listing: Oasi (Francesco Maccianti ); Il Mare Placato (Francesco Maccianti ); Love For Sale ( Cole Porter); So in Love (Cole Porter); What Is ? ( Pietro Tonolo ); The Nearness Of You ( Washington--Carmichael ); Piramidi ( Francesco Maccianti ); Cristalli Mulatti ( Francesco Maccianti );You And The Night And The Music ( Schawarz--Dietz ); Eu E A Brisa ( Johnny Alf ).
Personnel: Francesco Maccianti: piano; Walter Paoli – drums; Lello Pareti--acoustic bass; Pietro Tonolo--soprano and tenor sax; Fulvio Sisti--vocals ( 6 & 10 ).