Francesco Cataldo – Spaces (2013/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Francesco Cataldo – Spaces (2013/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:51 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music
Recorded & Mixed: Sept 2013 at Sear Sound Studios, NYC by Chris Allen; Avatar Studios, NYC by Fred Kevorkian

All’interno della cornice proposta dal prologo, Our Jazz, e dall’epilogo, The Rain and Us, Francesco Cataldo dispone in Spaces tredici brani, riconducibili ad una matrice moderni mainstream, attenti alle dinamiche metropolitane e moderne, inseriti nel canone della tradizione ma aperti allo stesso tempo a colorarsi dei suoni della contemporaneità.

Per fare questo discorso sonoro, il chitarrista si muove verso il “luogo” jazzistico per antonomasia, vale a dire New York. E per non sbilanciare troppo l’equilibrio a favore dei musicisti statunitensi, porta con sè un padrino d’eccezione come Salvatore Bonafede e ne ricalca in qualche modo le tracce biografiche e musicali.
Il quintetto viene completato da tre nomi di altissimo profilo, come David Binney, Scott Colley e Clarence Penn e ospita, solamente nella doppia traccia Vito/Raccontami, il violoncello di Erik Friedlander. E come si può intuire, il quintetto guarda alla tradizione anche per quanto attiene alla sua line-up: infatti la chitarra elettrica si pone come un secondo fiato a fianco del sax di Binney e si disintereessa della gestione armonica. I suoni utilizzati da Cataldo invece guardano ad una dimensione più moderna dello strumento e più vicina alle contaminazioni provenienti da altri mondi sonori.

Il quintetto così apparecchiato affronta un repertorio vario: per quanto come detto si ponga all’interno di coordinate ben precise, mette in risalto un approccio articolato, pur senza complicazioni ridondanti, e una propensione per una chiarezza melodica pur senza voler smussare a tutti costi spigoli e frizioni.
E anzi, Spaces si avvantaggia di una vivace ricerca di un punto di equilibrio mediano e si serve delle varie tensioni per dare significato al racconto sonoro, in una ridefinizione continua dei rapporti fra le sue componenti. Un atteggiamento mai statico e tale da conferire dinamismo al complesso del disco.
L’intervento di Binney, Colley, Penn e Friedlander riflette le intenzioni espressive per cui sono stati coinvolti: rappresentare il suono di New York. Una formula semplicistica, se si vuole, ma che viene riempita di significato dal valore dei quattro e dall’apporto offerto alle composizioni di Francesco Cataldo.

Currently I am having a love affair with any jazz coming out of Italy. The irony that Italy is on my bucket list as I have never been to this beautiful part of the world and once there would probably not leave. Once again I have been fortunate to have a six string virtuoso reach out to me to give his new release a test drive. Going into a review stone cold is often a musical crap shoot. After one bad experience with a talentless hack here in the States I have been concerned about my due diligence when it comes to presenting you with the finest in jazz. When I saw the names David Binney, Scott Coley and Clarence Penn then I knew for sure Francesco Cataldo and his latest release Spaces would be as good as anything major labels are putting out here in the States. This most appropriately titled release has that three dimensional sonic depth of field where drummer Clarence Penn puts on a dazzling display of articulated authority and gives a master class in sonic fury on the tune “Siracusa”. Pianist Salvatore Bonafede joins in the ensemble interplay with a rhythmic pulse that while slightly abstract adds a delightful layer of texture. Scott Colley is one of the finest lyrical bassists today and his prolific talents drive this most formidable quintet to that musical happy place somewhere between free jazz and hard bop on this most impressive composition. “Algerian Waltz” is in direct contrast to “Siracusa” another odd metered gem that never loses accessibility with stellar performance turned in by Penn, Bonafede, and Colley on bass. More so than any other tune, “Algerian Waltz” is an intimate all most sonic self portrait with Vito Cataldo ably handling an exquisite solo while demonstrating perhaps the most unique sound for a modern jazz guitarist that I for one have ever heard. The lyrical sense of purpose takes what could be an ordinary ballad and raises the melodic bar for the entire ensemble to follow Cataldo’s lead and compositional intent. “Your Silence” is a solo work with an acoustic flavor that reinforces the beauty of a simple well composed melody not to mention the rich sonic color palette from which Cataldo pulls from. Another intimate all most emotionally subtle cinematic presentation as though you were hearing a tune in search of a fine feature film.
There are literally too many high points to list. Vito Francesco Cataldo is a triple threat handling guitars, compositions and arrangements. The diversity in Cataldo’s compositions are striking and his artistic voice is one of those rare moments when an artist is playing from somewhere far deeper than their soul. From an engaging and intimate solo performance to showcasing the ability to capture the true chemistry of what a permanent working band should be this release is flawless from start to finish. Hopefully a follow up is in the works. I’ll let you know.
There are pitfalls to this gig as sometimes you deal with artists that misrepresent themselves or are simply using you as a surrogate publicist. Vito Cataldo makes putting up with those people well worth the time, trouble and effort when you come across “the real deal.” As a jazz journalist I feel honored to present this artist and hope you would check out his web site. Being a music critic is the equivalent of being a sonic prospector. I found my gold nugget! Talent such as Cataldo’s are my inspiration for writing. –criticaljazz.com

Tracklist:
1 Our Jazz (Prologue) 05:57
2 Algerian Waltz 07:21
3 Siracusa 05:06
4 Ortigia 06:49
5 Sunrise in Rome 06:59
6 Spaces 08:47
7 Vito (Intro) – raccontami 04:02
8 Why 05:01
9 Your Silence 06:57
10 Tourist in My Town 04:33
11 Perugia 04:41
12 A Phrygian Day 06:57
13 The Rain and Us (Epilogue) 02:28

Personnel:
Francesco Cataldo, electric & baritone buitar, arrangements
David Binney, saxophone
Salvatore Bonafede, piano
Scott Colley, double bass
Clarence Penn, drums
Erik Friedlander, cello (#7)

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