ENG DMG Newsletter, Bruce Lee Gallanter (may.2017)

Featuring Piero Bittolo Bon on alto sax & bass flute, Filippo Vignato on trombone and Zeno De Rossi on drums & most compositions. Italian drummer, Zeno De Rossi, certainly gets around as he has some two dozen discs out on the El Gallo Rojo and Auand labels. Saxist Piero Bittolo Bon also keeps busy with a dozen discs as a leader or collaborator on the same labels plus the Rudi & Long Song labels. Less visible is trombonist Filippo Vignato who appears on just a few discs that we know about. What I have always dug about Mr. De Rossi is that he has worked with Downtowners like Chris Speed and Marc Ribot plus he is influenced by Klezmer music. Here De Rossi dedicates a song to Joey Baron, who had a trio (Baron Down) with similar instrumentation to this trio. De Rossi is an expert at creating great grooves with the trombone filling in for the bass. “Cats” which is dedicated to Joey Baron, has a somber, laid back vibe, completely dreamy with minimal drums. Mr. De Rossi has written a series of infection melodies here that will have you humming along and feeling groovy. Although, both Bittolo Bon and Vignato take a number of fine solos, this is more about the righteous vibe which always feels just right. There is also a song dedicated to the late drummer, Ed Blackwell, which captures that wonderful New Orleans second-line beat just right and makes us feeling better as we get down to inner groove. Another winner from Zeno De Rossi and his trusty trio.