Aldo Romano – Just Jazz

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Aldo Romano has long proven himself an innovative leader and the 2007 sessions that make up Just Jazz are no exception. Romano is not one to take a lot of solos himself, preferring to showcase his bandmates while adding color behind them. His pianoless quartet consists of clarinetist Mauro Negri, who played on Romano’s earlier Dreyfus CD État de Fait, old friend Henri Texier on bass, and the much younger Géraldine Laurent, a gifted French saxophonist whose star is rising. Most of the release focuses on Romano’s captivating originals, highlighted by the emotional “Cité-Soleil” (French for “Sun City”), named for the wretched shanty town in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “Township” is an infectious African-flavored chant, with Laurent’s vocal-like alto recalling Eric Dolphy, and Negri’s electronically altered clarinet adding seasoning. “Chick Webb,” named for the famous swing drummer, has a fun twist in that the bassist is the featured soloist. Romano’s love for Ornette Coleman’s work is well known, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear the dissonance within the drummer’s “Libero!!” (“Free!!”).” His powerful interpretation of Fats Waller’s maudlin “Black and Blue” and lighthearted take of Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” round out this diverse, rewarding CD.

Tracklist

01. Cité Soleil
02. Prego
03. Spring Tide
04. Handle With Care
05. Blues For Roy
06. Chick Webb
07. Libero
08. Black And Blue
09. Danny K
10. Township
11. Lontananza
12. Maple Leaf Rag

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