Zapping! – Fenêtre sur Jazz – September 2003 – by Thierry Flammant

Article is available only in French.

Enrico FAZIO Septet – Zapping ! (Leo Records).

Comme toutes les cultures, celle du contrebassiste italien Enrico Fazio ignore les frontières. Les accents baroques par lesquels s’ouvre son « Zapping !» en témoignent et la suite confirme ce qu’il a lui-meme intitulé un « recycling project ». It est question de mémoire et d’humour dans ce qu’on pourrait désigner comme une autobiographie musicale (Frère Jacques y cotoie Monk et Strauss ainsi que Pierre et le Loup…). La section de cuivres y est proprement impression nante, notamment le trombone et le sax baryton.
Enrico Fazio se situe dans le sillage de Carta Bley, Willem Breuker et Nino Rota. Ses compositions et arrangements. parviennent non seulement A associer dans une oeuvre cohérente des parcours musicaux épars et distants mais surtout A les faire converger dans un projet dont [a belle ossature ravira les amoureux de [‘exploration. Point West besoin de preter une oreille attentive pour parvenir A accrocher un accent, une phrase, quelques notes familières tant Fazio les a judicieusement dilués dans un -Zapping !” A la virtuosité jubilatoire (repérez donc Le Bon, le Brute et le Truand quelque part dans In Vino Veritas…). Ces citations qui Wen sont pas tout A fait ne sont pas seulement des clins d’oeil, ou des marques de respect mais des éléments constitutifs A [a fois d’une mémoire et d’une création qui semblent surgir au gré des souvenirs d’enfance et de voyages (Aria Pura). Chaque instrument est ici utilisé avec justesse. Aucun West ignore ni relégué (écoutez le beau tuba de Malfatto et les percus de Sordini), chacun trouve sa place avec sa spécificité, ses sons, l’infini de ses possibilités. Ce brassage fait de cet essai musical un bet hommage A la culture du jazz et dévoile A nouveau [a richesse vivifiante des Italiens.

Thierry Flammant

Zapping! – All About Jazz – July 2003 – by Glenn Astarita

Zapping! – Jazzman – June 2003

Article is available only in French.

ENRICO FAZIO – Zapping !

CHOC jazzman

Pour ce recycling project, le contrebassiste Enrico Fazio se sert de dizaines d’extraits musicaux hors contexte, dans des cadences, des assemblages, des couleurs et des rythmes différents. le résultat est époustouflant, soigneusement élaboré et interprété avec enthousiasme par quelques-uns des musiciens italiens les plus en vue de la scène actuelle: Alberto, Mandarini (trompette), Gianpiero Malfatto (trombone) ou l’inévitabie Carlo Actis Dato (anches) jamais meilleur que dans ce contexte. Francesco Fazio a judicieusement intégré des éléments épars dans un processus de composition orchestrale évoquant le meilleur Willem Breuker. Dans le livret, Fazio donne quelques explications sur le contenu des neuf píèces présentées : baroque, block chords, jazz modal, jingles, rock, films, comptines, classique, opera italien, percussions africaines, musiques traditionnelles et populaires nord-américaines, cartoons, Balkans… Monk, Coltrane, Rota, Schubert, Strauss, Mingus, Altena, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Joplin, Bach, Ravel, Moussorgskì, Bizet, Morricone, Belafonte … Pourtant, si notre attentìon est constamment sollicitée, ce n’est jamais par un quelconque exercice d’identification. En effet, cette ceuvre ne comporte pas de citations. De matériau composite, elle s’impose paradoxalement par sa cohérence, son unité et la piace qu’elle laisse pour des solos puissants et expressifs. Projet casse-gueule, réussite totale.

Zapping! – Jazzwise – July 2003 – by Duncan Heining

Enrico Fazio Septet
Zapping (a recycling project)

Leo CD LR372
Jazzwise rating: ••••

Enrico Fazio (b), Francesco Aroni Vigone (as, ss), Carlo Actis Dato (ts, bs, bcl), Alberto Mandarini (t, flhn – tracks 5, 6, 9 only), Fabrizio Bosso (t, flhn – tracks 1, 2, 3 ,4, 7, 8 only), Gianpiero Malfatto (tb, tba, f), Angelina Perrotta (v, el. v, vla, P. ky), Fiorenzo Sordini (d, perc, mar, balafon). Rec. tracks 5, 8 & 9 on 17/18 June 2001 and remain on 29/30 April 2002.
The ‘recycling’ in the title denotes the conscious compositional decisions made by Fazio to utilise a range of influences, forms and ideas from Bach to Scott Joplin to Coltrane and to borrow magpie-like from rock, world and film music. There is much to admire here. Carlo Actis Dato is the only player familiar to me but others such as Malfatto and Sordini are certainly his equal. And Fazio is an astute composer/arranger who deploys his troops with military precision. Listen to Perrotta’s violin in the ensemble on ‘Kitsch’, the album’s centrepiece and one of two standout tracks. Falling in with the horns behind Dato’s energetic baritone, it changes and enriches the tone colours subtly. And there’s somethíng Zappa-like about ‘Igor’. ‘Aria Pura’ opens operatically before the marimba enters and it breaks out of La Scala and heads out for the Serengeti. The trombone introduces ‘Libellula Obesa’ before a parade of the heavyweights from Malfatto on tuba and Dato on baritone. ‘In Vino Veritas’ is the other standout. A veritable global tour-deforce drawing on Europe’s classical heritage, on Africa for the roots of this music and on America for their synthesis in the birth of jazz. Fazio even finds room for a snatch of the ‘Banana Boat Song’. Tremendous Stuff.

Duncan Heining

Zapping! – All Music Guide – April 2003 – François Couture

From www.allmusic.com

Zapping!

Artist Enrico Fazio
Album Title Zapping!
Date of Release Apr 2003
AMG Rating * * * *
Genre Jazz

AMG REVIEW
Part a synthesis of bassist Enrico Fazio’s musical knowledge, part an exercise in style zapping, this album could be seen as a Mediterranean take on John Zorn’s cartoon music, although the results sound closer to a Southern Italian-based Frank Zappa big band than anything from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The connection with Zappa is reinforced by the neon-sign design of the album’s title, which immediately brings to mind the cover of Zqppa in New York. But even in The Grand Wazoo, Zappa was a rocker. Fazio is first and foremost a jazzman and Zapping! remains a jazz album, but what jazz! The bassist takes listeners on quite a ride, referencing everything from Renaissance motets to Nino Rota and Harry Belafonte! Classical, African, Latin American, jazz and rock bits (snippets of melodies, chords, sometimes just rhythms) are not embedded in the frames of the pieces, they are the frames. You can listen to the album on at least two levels: casually, simply enjoying the challenging changes, the fun atmosphere, the Italian excess of it all, or intently, trying to spot all the quotes to see if your knowledge of music matches Fazio’s encyclopedic cycle. Any way you choose, the music is entertaining, but not easy to get into. The density of pieces like “Kitsch” and “In Vino Veritas” works against their catchy grooves. Highlights include the frantic “Wake Up!” (including a mad baritone sax solo from Carlo Actis Dato), the reharmonized version of the nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques” (“Ciao Jack!”), and the tuba-led “Libellula Obesa,” ending with a quote from the “Mickey Mouse” song. The brass-heavy seven-piece band rolls through the tunes with ease and a touch of craziness.

François Couture

Zapping! – Musica Jazz – June 2003 – by Libero Farnè

The article is available only in Italian.

Sette, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 / Wake Up! / Walkabout / Ciao jack! /lKitsch / Igor / Aria pura / Libellula obesa / In vino veritas.

Fabrizio Bosso (tr., flic.), Gianpiero Malfatto (trne), Francesco Aroni Vigone (sop., alto), Carlo Actis Dato (ten., bar., cl. b.), Angelina Perrotta (viol.), Enrico Fazio (cb.), Fiorenzo Sordini (batt., marimba, perc.); Alberto Mandarini (tr., flic.) sost. Bosso nei tit. V, VI, IX. Loc. scon., 17 e 18-6-01, 29 e 30-4-02. LEO LR 372, distr. lrd.

Fazio firma un’opera matura, avvincente, alla testa di un settetto che presenta una precisa impostazione orchestrale. L’idea predominante è quella dì un riciclaggio rigenerante ed euforico di svariati materiali: il ricorso alla citazione è sistematico (sono innumerevoli gli accenni a famosi motivi dei più disparati generi musicali), ma queste citazioni sono fugaci, mai insistite, e soprattutto vengono ammantate da sapienti arrangiamenti.
Anche i modelli di riferimento sono svariati e dimostrano una mìrata scelta di campo. Di volta in volta riaffiorano le movenze di Mingus o dell’Aeoc, della Liberation Music Orchestra, dell’Icp Orchestra o della Brootherhood Of Breath, e perfino le sofisticate trame della Vienna Art Orchestra. li tutto viene però rielaborato con una vitalità esuberante e un po’ scanzonata, con uno spirito visionario, forse non del tutto nuovo, ma carico di una densa e genuina partecipazione. Solo a tratti emerge quel sarcasmo tanto caro all’avanguardia torinese. L’ampia e attenta preordinazione permette al leader di dipingere un affresco imponente e movimentato, ma unitario.
Della complessa elaborazione orchestrale viene data un’inter pretazione palpitante. A tale proposito sono numerosi gli spunti solistici notevoli: in primo luogo quelli perentori e abrasivi di Actis Dato, ma anche quelli dinamici di Aroni Vigone, quelli crepitanti e materici di Malfatto, quelli vibranti dei due trombettisti. L’ultimo brano, lungo e articolato, offre una sorpresa dietro l’altra e può rappresentare la sintesi dell’intero Cd: la definitiva esplicitazione della concezione che lo permea.

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