Tuesday 15 November 2022

Having just got to grips with A.MA Records and their latest release, Ennrico Bracco's Flying In A Box album, here's another that's just been issued, 'The Blue Zone' by the Davide Peluso Quartet.

Whilst Davide is the bandleader/double bass player, I think it's fair to say that the other 3 members, being Alberto Parmegiani (g), Andrea Biondi (vibes) and Riccardo Gambatesa (d) may not exactly steal the show but they are at the forefront of most of the nine tracks. 

It particularly gets hot when Alberto and Andrea "battle" it out in a imaginary Metheny vs. Burton bout and the opening (and title) track, 'The Blue Zone' proves it.

If you're after a jazz-dance shuffle, 'Sonora' kicks into this (and it could have been a longer feature of the track me thinks) then a touch jazz-rocker, 'Cicciocco' and 'Slam' is where Alberto gets a little Jeff Beck and 'Slam' is for Davide as it's more bluesy/OST (Italians! Library!)  

So there quite a bit of 'mood' jazz but whether you call it a post-bop or fusion but these guys are clearly some of the finest jazz musicians in Italy, if not Europe, if not wider afield!  You can imagine that they'd be great at a Jazz Festival like the North Sea in Holland.

Once more, many thanks to DJ Bob Hill (BBE, TWR, ReddSugarBlack Creative) for putting us onto this and as it's not just those Elbert Phillips house remixes that we should be looking out for!

Artist: Davide Peluso Quartet 

Title: The Blue Zone

Release date: 4th October, 2022

Label : A.MA Records

Catalog Number : LP / Digital / Bandcamp


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