Paolo Fresu: Angel




Paolo Fresu (trumpet)


Angel (BMG 74321558642)

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Paolo Fresu (trumpet),

Nguyên Lê (guitars), Furio di Castri (bass), Roberto Gatto (drums)


Composed by Jimi Hendrix


Recorded: Rubiera, Italy, September 25-29, 1997


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

It starts out with Lê’s Hendrix-inspired guitar playing a noisy introduction, quickly followed by the rock- oriented rhythm of bass and drums. Then Fresu’s mellow muted trumpet launches the melody… and drags the whole band towards a more “angelic” climate, while Lê’s guitar maintains the freaky spirit of his left-handed idol. A very strange and uninhibited version of one of Hendrix’s hits, by an Italian-French quartet whose members think that the spirit – not the repertoire – is the main basis of a good jazz tune. Here is a 4:24-long masterful demonstration of their theory.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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