Reviews that mention Gianluca Alberti

June 16, 2015

Daniele Cavallanti and the Milano Contemporary Art Ensemble

Sounds of Hope
Rudi Records RRJ1026

High quality Jazz by anyone’s standards, Milan-based tenor saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti convened some of Italy top improvisers to create a sonic manifesto that confirms the talents of his associates. At the same time as the seven tracks inhabited by the 14-piece Milano Contemporary Art Ensemble (MCAE) showcase its mastery of the idiom, the performances reveal not only the expected Italian-American connections, but also the Italians’ adaptability to African tunes. As the band plays three tunes by the late South African trumpeter Mongezi Feza (1945-1975), it’s helpful to note that the southern tip of the Italian peninsula in separated from Northern Africa by a small body of water. Additionally, trade links have existed between the continents for many centuries. MORE