A vivid sound with a style compounded of elegance and full of unexpected detail, that is the music of Iguazú Acoustic Trio. The album starts with the energetic title track “Rubio”, an original Latin jazz composition by pianist Fabio Gianni. The second track is an exquisite version of Sting “Fragile”. Gianni improvisations are poetic and refined, even when the arrangement gets funky. The album continues with a Cuban traditional, “El Cuarto de Tula” (Tula’s Room). The percussion of the great Alex Acuña, truly shines on this track.
The pace slows down for bassist Marco Mistrangelo original “Notturno”, a beautiful ballad where Gianni combines lyrical lines with elongated phrases on piano. The trio ventures into the jazz classic by Chick Corea “Spain” with great success. On this faster version the trio demonstrates their impeccable technique with spontaneity and ease. A gorgeous piano improvisation serves as an intro for the wonderful rendition of Piazzola “Libertango”. Bassist Marco Mistrangelo has some of his brightest moments on this one with logical and fresh improvisations.
The trio goes to Brasil with the contagious rhythms of the samba “Brasilified”, proving these guys feel at home playing almost any music style. “El Pescadito y el Mar” is another original, this time by drummer Alex Battini and just like the tittle tracks “Rubio” and “Guajira for Chucho” (for sure dedicated to Cuban pianist Chucho Valdéz), this one also shows the heavy influence of Latin music on these Italian musicians.
The album ends with another Gianni original, “Landing in Corea”, a composition with a distinct Chick Corea influence.
Tracks: 1. Rubio; 2. Fragile; 3. El Cuarto de Tula; 4. Notturno; 5. Spain; 6. Libertango; 7. Brasilified; 8. Herbiegaloo; 9. El Pescadito y el Mar; 10. Caridad Amaro; 11. Guajira for Chucho; 12. Landing in Corea.
Personnel: Fabio Gianni (piano); Alex Battini de Barreiro (drums, percussion); Alejandro “Alex” Acuña – whistle, drums, percussion, background vocals.
Iguazú Acoustic Trio – Website: www.myspace.com/iguazulatinjazztrio
Label: Videoradio, Rai Trade
Release date: July 2011
Reviewed by: Wilbert Sostre