Antonio Farao

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COMPOSERS: Antonio Farao
LABELS: Cam Jazz
ALBUM TITLE: Antonio Farao
WORKS: Takes on Pasolini
PERFORMER: Antonio Faraó (piano), Miroslav Vitous (bass), Daniel Humair (drums)
Unreservedly recommended. The premise is of this disc is simple enough, in that Faraó is a Pasolini fan and here presents a set of compositions inspired by his films, but there’s some very fine music concealed behind this potentially throwaway concept. One clue lies in the company Faraó keeps; Vitous and Humair not only have justifiably formidable reputations as masters of their respective instruments, but both are supremely inventive. Faraó is clearly a kindred spirit, and this combination of talents allows the group to take what in lesser hands could have been just another horribly nondescript piano trio recording and turn it into a sprightly set that’s full of gently subversive melodies, playful interaction and elegant but never overstated structures. Don’t be fooled by the SACD-type case; this is a standard CD, excellent though the sound quality is. Roger Thomas