Francesco Cusa - Official Website - Recensione del cd di FCT trio, da parte di Bruce Lee Gallanter per "Downtown Music Gallery"

Recensione del cd di FCT trio, da parte di Bruce Lee Gallanter per "Downtown Music Gallery" - il:2017-12-01

FRANCESCO CUSA TRIO With SIMONE GRAZIANO / GABRIELE EVANGELISTA meets CARLO ATTI - "From Sun Ra to Donald Trump" (Clean Feed 449; Portugal) Personnel: Carlo Atti - tenor sax, Simone Graziano - piano, Gabriele Evangelista bass and Francesco Cusa - drums. With the kind of humorous approach characteristic of all things Italian, drummer Francesco Cusa turned the band he founded to play jazz standards into a project dealing, through his original compositions and orchestrations, with the search of the existing possibilities to «re- evoke an epoch and transpose it into the contemporary». And here are the first consequences, maintaining the «identity process» of the «fervid creative moment in black culture» which was defined 50 years ago by Sun Ra. For this endeavor, he invited Carlo Atti, a tenor saxophonist with an acclaimed career in the mainstream of Italian jazz. The music is less funny, or crazy, than the titles of the pieces suggest (for instance: “Fiscal Regime in the Life of a New York Taxidriver-Jazzman” or “Keynes and the Macro-Theory of the Structural Implosion of the Standard”), but the FCT Trio and their guest manage to surprise us, subverting the most obvious aspects of the standard jazz format (or the fake of it, because there’s no “real book” on sight). There’s an overall idea that music can change what nowadays is politically, socially and economically wrong, backing off to more happy days, but if the concept is debatable, because of the nostalgic element and because it gives to much responsibility to the art of sounds, the result is a marvelous record. In this case only, the means amply justify the purposes.