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

Featuring Paolo Bacchetta on guitar & compositions, Piero Bittolo Bon on alto sax & clarinet, Giacomo Papetti on electric bass and Nelide Bandello on drums. The Auand label has been around since 2001 and released some 60 discs so far! Although certain musicians have been regulars for Auand, new names continue show a surprising array of talents from an ever-increasing Italian jazz scene. Guitarist Paolo Bacchetta is a new name for me, although saxist Piero Bittolo Bon & drummer Bandello can both be found on a dozen discs from the El Gallo Rojo, Long Song and Auand labels. Right from the start, this music has a relaxed demeanor, subtle, elegant guitar with soft fuzz-bass counterpoint. “Canteen” sounds like a prog band laying back with some hushed, haunting guitar and bass clarinet playing exquisite harmonies. “Yellow Cape” features some fine bittersweet, pinched note alto sax, well matched by Mr. Bacchetta’s restrained yet probing guitar. The music here has its own logic and never swings, the way most jazz usually does. The title track, “Egon”, has a unique jazz/rock sort of groove which doesn’t quite sound like anyone else that I can think of. It is always great to hear well-crafted music that falls between the cracks of jazz and rock and modern classical, not sounding quite like anyone else.