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All Sicilian Quartet on SACD!
When he was barely nine years old Francesco took his first steps, working
with internationally famous musicians. Meeting Wynton Marsalis in Pescara at the
jazz Festival held on July 2002 was a decisive moment for Francesco's career.
Amazed by Francesco's qualities, Marsalis took him along with his septet on his
European tour 2003, where Francesco performed in prestigious theatres in the
largest cities in Europe.
From that moment on, Francesco went through a series of important experiences
both in Italy and abroad. He won various important prizes: the Massimo Urbani
National Award in Urbisaglia, the EuroJazz Award in Lecco, the International
Jazz Festivals Organization Award in New York, the World Saxophone Competition
in London, the Django d'Or in Rome and many others.
In order to experience new musical styles and genres, Francesco went to New
Orleans where he played with Ellis Marsalis and many other important local
musicians. In 2004, he participated as a special guest in the Sanremo Music
Festival. In 2005 the Swing Journal, the authoritative Japanese jazz music
magazine, confers him the New Stars Award, a prize reserved to the emergent
foreign talents. Immediately after, the affirmation in the Top Jazz, referendum
of the Italian Music Jazz magazine, that recognizes him as the best new talent
of the year.
Francesco has performed with world famous musicians: Hank Jones, Dave Brubeck,
Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash,
James Williams, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, George Mraz, Kenny Wheeler,
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani and many other musicians.
"At the head of a splendid quartet of Sicilian musicians such as Dino Rubino
(trumpet), Giovanni Mazzarino (piano), Nello Toscano (double bass), Francesco
Cafiso presents a work that winds around eight beautiful standards. Cafiso
embodies a strong link with the tradition and glorious past of his instrument.
In his phrasing there are numerous references to the sacred monsters of jazz
history from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane, from Eric Dolphy to Jackie McLean
and, at the same time, has the tendency to go beyond the historical-stylistic
limits showing great personality and extraordinary ideas. The musicians who
accompany him are all extraordinary and interact with great efficiency and
precision without ever hindering or excelling, managing to create a perfect
balance between dynamism and groove, between delicacy and aggression. To realize
this mixture to the limits of perfection, it is enough to pause to listen to
'Woodin' You', 'Night Mist' or the sweet 'Portrait In Black And White', a song
in which the lyricism and the inspiration of the collective reach very high
levels. All the pieces of this work are always full of intensity, melodic and
with frequent original solutions that make it, although very usable, never
predictable." - Alessandro Carabelli, jazzitalia.net (translated from Italian)
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• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player! It will
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Francesco Cafiso, alto sax
Dino Rubino, trumpet
Giovanni Mazzarino, piano
Nello Toscano, bass
1. Woodin' You
2. Night Mist
3. Waltz For Ruth
4. Detour Ahead
5. Wrong Together
6. Sail Away
7. Portrait In Black And White
8. You And The Night And The Music
Recorded at The House Studio in Rome on January 4 & 5, 2008