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Italian Encounter: Lewis Porter at Siena Jazz by Porter-Di Castri-Sferra Trio

Anchored by a bold Italian rhythm section, famous New Jersey based pianist Lewis Porter renders this live recording in Siena, Italy with a lively glitter and amazing sense of assurance. Porter’s tones are zealous when performing; his phrases being weaved upon lines tinctured with much lyricism.

The trio furrows through the seven cheery pieces via knotty transacted harmonies and chummily sound passages. On the "Wine Hoot", Porter’s bassist Furio Di Castri’s drifting spaces endow contrastive items to pianist Porter’s refined phrasings. Di Castri soars on "Wine Hot". His measures are criminally rhythmic coupled with melodic staccatos and tinged with subtle shifts in direction. Sferra’s clean-toned cymbal licks are sprawling with precision amid speedy and fluently elaborated lines. The seven cuts on the album define an amazing music style which incorporates many elements of Contemporary jazz. The music has a definite groove with a mix of high energy and dexterity.

As an added plus, Porter’s solo is remarkable on the standard "Body and Soul". Infrequently, the band tempts us with some free territory, yet Porter-Di Castri-Sferra’ symbiotically sonorous encounters surmise an intuitive, bold relationship in this way. Hence, there are some splendid musical excursions enhanced by sympathetic musicianship which deserves to be listened to.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Porter-Di Castri-Sferra Trio
  • CD Title: Italian Encounter: Lewis Porter at Siena Jazz
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Altrisuoni
  • Tracks: Blues For Siena, Cherokee Variation, A Summer Night, Wine Hot, Body and Soul, Lester Young Samba, Again and Again
  • Musicians: Lewis Porter (piano), Furio Di Castri (bass), Fabrizio Sferra (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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