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One Of The Most Precocious Talents In The History Of Jazz!
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.
"Francesco Cafiso surprised the jazz world with his blazing chops in his
early teens during a stunning duo concert with veteran pianist Franco D'Andrea.
Several years afterward, he is working on developing a distinctive style of his
own, which is a challenge for any young musician. These 2006 sessions mix
well-known jazz compositions of the 1940s and 1950s with timeless standards,
with the alto saxophonist backed by a solid rhythm section consisting of pianist
Andrea Pozza, bassist Aldo Zunino, and drummer Nicola Angelucci. He shows off a
bit in a wild treatment of Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys" that starts in a
funky manner, shifts to an aggressive hard bop mood, and also has an
unaccompanied solo section. Cafiso's spry take of "Yesterdays" proves
convincing, while the exotic rhythm setting of "My Funny Valentine" takes this
chestnut into somewhat new territory. There are times where Cafiso reveals his
youth by forcing in odd quotes that prove to be more of a distraction than help
to his improvisations. But this CD indicates that Francesco Cafiso is serious
about a career in jazz and not merely a young flash in the pan who will flame
out after a brief foray into the limelight." - Ken Dryden, allmusic.com
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Francesco Cafiso, alto sax
Andrea Pozza, piano
Aldo Zunino, bass
Nicola Angelucci, drums
1. Seven Steps To Heaven
2. Green Chimneys
4. On The Trail
5. My Funny Valentine