ENG DMG Newsletter, Bruce Lee Gallanter (jun.2014)

I am not yet familiar with any of the members of this quartet except for reeds player Achille Succi who can be found on some two dozen discs from the El Gallo Rojo, Leo and Ictus labels. Guest trumpeter Luca Aquino also appears to be more visible, recording for the Leo and Splasch labels. This is electric jazz with bass clarinet or flute and (what sounds like) electric piano or synth up front. The title track features the trumpet of Mr. Aquino who sounds rather Miles-like on this sly, funky, early 70’s sounding, Herbie Hancock Headhuntersish tune. The titles of all of these songs (“The Sky was Filled with Appetizers”) are humorous so I think these folks don’t take themselves too seriously. The songs are often stripped down and quirky in their own way yet rarely complex, more fun than anything else on this label. Rather quaint, you could say.