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Combining Cannonball Adderley's bluesy tone and John Coltrane's passion, alto and soprano saxophonist Stefano di Battista is one of the brightest European jazzmen to emerge from the continent in recent years. He worked with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones and released A Prima Vista, his U.S. debut, on the Blue Note label. On this CD, backed by a quartet, he delivers an impassioned musical tribute to his hometown, Rome. Augmented by the brilliant string arrangements of Vince Mendoza, these sessions are a tasteful blend of Charlie Parker's Charlie Parker with Strings and the romantic strains of Nino Rota's film scores. That cinematic sound is draped on the songs "Amoroso" and "Anastasia." "Romeo and Juliet" is Di Battista's heartfelt take on Franco Zeffirelli's famous motion picture, while "Arabesque" dances with zesty, midtempo rhythms. On the ballad "Roma Antica," his silky sax takes us back to the days when the Eternal City was new. That's what timeless music does. --Eugene Holley Jr.

1. Anastasia
2. Amoroso
3. Tartaruga
4. Romeo And Juliet
5. The Other Side
6. Arabesque
7. Roma Antica
8. The Next Nine Hours

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00006RZ5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's very difficult to make this kind of session work.
Jan P. Dennis
This is easily one of the most beautifully performed jazz saxophone CDs I've ever heard.
Olukayode Balogun
I love this cd, and would recommend to any jazz lover like myself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nimrod on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I heard Stefano Di Battista at the Jazz Festival in Eilat last week, and under the adrenaline and excitment of the show, I ran to buy this album. Di Battita was the best show of the Festival- Fast going, Energetic hot jazz, that got the entire audience on their feet. However, you'll not find it in this album. However, I wasn't dissappointed at all. This is a great album, with cool, quiet and calm Jazz. Di Battista's tunes and playing have some special aroma to it, unique to him, that brings to mind a small Cafe in Rome. It is a wonderful album, just close your eyes and let the music take you wherever it desiers, hopefully, it'll be Roma...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on August 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is easily one of the most beautifully performed jazz saxophone CDs I've ever heard. I didn't know of Stefano di Battista but learned through research that this CD was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza and that was all I needed to hear. Mendoza only writes two of the tunes here; "Arabesque" and "Amoroso" but it makes no difference. Conducting and arranging is his forte and his influence is obvious over all the other tracks and no disrespect to di Battista (who wrote five other songs) or Nino Rota, who of course wrote the theme to "Romeo and Juliet", this CD is to these ears, all the better for it. di Battista is a great saxophone player and has obviously been influenced by some of the greats from the past as well as his contemporaries. He says as much on his inner sleeve notes. He is a master of improvisation but more than that, it's the emotion he evokes with his intrument that is so worth checking out. There are places where he makes his saxophone wail as if its heart were breaking. It is truly moving stuff.

A wonderful piece of art from beginning to end. Special props to Eric Legnini for his amazing piano work and to Les Archets de Paris Orchestra, for the mesmerising musical landscape they helped create. Simply beautiful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The coming together of ace arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza with rising alto saxman Stephano di Battista here produces a kind of small miracle. It's very difficult to make this kind of session work. The challenge is to retain the rigor of jazz while adding the lush gorgeousness of sumptuous strings. Sloppy, maudlin sentimentality too often results.

Not here.

Mendoza brilliantly solves the aural puzzle, and the result is an altogether ravishingly beautiful sonic excursion that displays sufficient jazz sensibilities and rigor to satisfy the most nit-picky critic while at the same time exhibiting sheer aural ravishment.

Quite an accomplishment, and one hardly ever achieved in the jazz-with-strings arena.

If there is any analog, it strikes me that Fellini Jazz by Enrico Pieranunzi might be it. Both discs share an aural extravagance seldom encountered in the world of jazz. And both manage to retain enough jazz firmness to avoid the Scylla of sentimentality while also skirting the Charybdis of empty charism.

The beauty of Italian jazz fully on display. Absolutely worth hearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Cheng on March 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Anytime I listen to a few bars from this disc I get sentimental. It's not a bad thing. Let it get to you!
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