A bold quintet session, put together by trombonist Beppe Di Benedetto – ayounger Italian musician we first discovered on the Mario Biondi albums! Beppe's got a great ear for a well-crafted line – and a style that, like fellow Italians High Five Quintet, really seems to owe a lot to a classic generation – yet still finds a way to come up with something fresh and new too! The tunes are mostly original numbers, and have this evocative depth, while still managing to swing – great use of the rich tones of Beppe's instrument, and both the tenor and soprano sax of Emiliano Vernizzi. Rhythm is from the trio of Luca Savazzi on piano, Stefano Carrara on bass, and Alessandro Lugli on drums – and titles include "Summerbossa", "Colours", "Riga", "See The Sky", "Back To The Past", and "TST Funk".
Dusty Groove America – 01/03/2012