Three albums from this hip Italian trumpeter – packaged together in a nicely priced set! First up is Kosmopolites – beautifully moody work from the quintet of trumpeter Paolo Fresu – based around a set of composi
tions by the group's pianist, Roberto Cipelli! There's an airy, contemplative style here that shows the strong trumpet legacy left by Chet Baker upon the Italian scene – but the overall tone
is also touches with a sense of warmth and color that's clearly Fresu's own, and which is helped tremendously by the soprano and tenor work of Tino Tracanna. The set features 15 beautiful original tunes by Cipelli – and titles include "Visions", "Echoes 1", "The Ride", "Variazione 12", "The Silent Trade", "In Viaggio", "Spazi Provvisori 1", and "Hush Please". This is a collaboration with pianist Uri Caine – a beautiful little set that gives us a chance to hear both players in an unusual setting! The album features Fresu's trumpet and Caine's keyboards – duetting without any other instrumentation, in a spare style that benefits both from the inherent lyricism of Paolo's playing, and the more rhythmic construction if Uri's grooves! Caine plays acosutic piano and Fender Rhodes – and Paolo plays trumpet and flugelhorn, sometimes with just a bit of effects – although overall, the album's got a straight sound that's really great, but with some of the odd twists and turns you might find on a trio session from Caine. Titles include "Frammento Impavido", "Si Dolce Il Tormento", "I Loves You Porgy", "Cheney's Dick", "Sonia Said", "Solar", "Fellini", "Uarca Lucente", and "Fishermen Strawberries & Devil Crab". Stanley Music is one of the most electric sessions we've ever heard from Paolo Fresu – a set that not only has his own trumpet and flugelhorn worked with some effects from time to time, but one that also features lots of additional electric shadings from guitarist Bebo Ferra! Both players are credited with "multieffects" on their instruments, which you can definitely hear on the record – used in some ways that are maybe a few mellower steps back from Miles Davis electric territory of the 70s – not as far-out or noisy, although sometimes with bolder tone
s than we might usually hear from Fresu. The rest of the group features Paolino Dalla Porta on bass and Stefano Bagnoli on drums – and titles are mostly original, and include "Dou Dou", "Another Road To Timbuctu", "Il Diavolo E L'Acquasanta", "Quache Anno Dopo", and "Giovedi".