Stefano Leonardi: E-Ray
Stefano Leonardi (flute, alto flute)
E-Ray (Splasc(h) Records CDH-1526.2)
Stefano Leonardi (flute, alto flute),
Matteo Turella (guitar), Paolo Ghetti (bass), Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums).
Composed by Stefano Leonardi.
Recorded: Rovigo, Italy, August 2007
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
With a distinctively Arabic sound, Italian flautist Stefano Leonardi and troupe have created a mysterious and exotic offering. "E-Ray" builds its mood with a variety of string and percussive techniques to create an aural landscape reminiscent of a hot desert wind like a Simoom. Here Leonardi invites you into his world of nomadic repose, where he uses the deeper-toned alto flute in a hypnotic, snake-charming approach, with guitarist Matteo Turella playing in an almost oud-like fashion to complete the magic. Paolo Ghetti's bass and Carlo Alberto Canevali's drums and percussive arsenal pick up their respective parts to perfection and in keeping with this skillfully rendered piece. A tightly conceived gem of other-worldly inspired music. Check your shoes for sand after listening.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello