Luigi Bonafede & Pietro Tonolo: Ricercare
Peace (Obliqsound OS 508)
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
A bouncing, joyful 3/4 romp launched by Bonafede’s piano, followed by Tonolo’s soprano sax playing the melody, that’s how "Ricercare" [translation: "Searching"] begins. A typically Italian way to start a first duo record by two musicians who are considered masters in their own country. Of course, they know better than just playing Mediterranean clichés, and soon begin exploring the rhythmic and melodic potential of the theme with great freedom. But where, outside of Italy, can musicians transform a simple little waltz into such a jewel with the magic of their warm sound and deep feeling?
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num