It's been a long time since we last heard from Italian keyboardist Francesco Gazzara
– but it's definitely worth the wait, as this 2CD set pulls together some great bossa-styled recordings of the past two decades – with one disc of live material recorded around the world, the other caught live in the studio! Gazzara
's always had a strong commitment to vintage keyboards – and those keys sound great here amidst the groovy bossa nova rhythms – Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, and other keyboards – mostly with just a bit of bass and percussion, plus added sax or flute on a few other tracks too. The whole thing's a great return to genius for Gazzara
– the best set he's given us in years – and titles include "Chitlins Con Carne", "The Spirit Of Summer", "Hot Barbecue", "Boomerang", "Skipper Bossa", "Song For My Father", "We Had A Ball", "Black Jack", "Bahia Moon", "New Frontier", "Orinoco", "Latin Breeze", and "O Passarinho".