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3.79 | 5 ratings

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4 stars Covers have always been an important part of Quintorigo works. The way the band is able to make arrangements of things which go from rock standards to jazz using classical instrumentation is one of the band's best characteristics.

Of course the vocal element that's one of their most interesting aspects, starting from the former frontman John de Leo to the current Luisa Cottifogli, has less relevance on this almost instrumental album, as Luisa Cottifogli can show her talent on five tracks only.

What about the music? Nothing to say about the compositions and the choice of the tracks that represent quite all the aspects of the work of Charlie Mingus during the years. I have found very impressive the use of the accordion on "Pithecanthropus Erectus" which opens the album. Antonello Salis adds a touch of "tango" to one of the most famous Mingus works.

Sometimes the arrangements are not very challenging, specially on the tracks with vocals that sound "usually jazz". Of course this is not a bad thing. "Usually jazz" is referred to Mingus in any case.

Excellent, in a word.

EDIT: I have relistened to this album after three months. I haven't realized previously that what seemed a trumpet on "Goodbye Porky-Pie Hat" is just the incredible voice of Luisa Cottifogli. Try to believe!

octopus-4 | 4/5 |


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