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  Carlos Franzetti: The Jazz Kamerata
  Music of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Clare Fischer, Eugenio Toussain, Claus Ogerman, Steve Kuhn, Bill Evans and Wayne Shorter

Carlos Franzetti (piano)
Lawrence Feldman (soprano, alto and tenor saxophone)
Jay Leonhart (bass)
The Jazz Kamerata Ensemble
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Review by Claude June 30, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The artists on this 2005 Chesky SACD were previously unknown to me. Carlos Franzetti's ensemble is basically a drummerless trio (saxophone, piano, bass) with the added colours of a string quartet and a flute and clarinet, which are mainly used as background textures. The idea seems good, but I found that the arrangements for the classical instruments were too repetitive and unambitious, and so they add little to the music. I liked those moments best when the trio was playing alone.

The tracks are more or less well known compositions by Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter and others and are all slow or medium tempo. This makes this excellent late night listening, or a demo disc for audiophiles, because it will sound great on all systems ;-)

I'm certain many SACD fans will enjoy this lush sounding (both musically and sonically) disc, but jazz fans might get bored, because there are little musical surprises.

There is no indication of the location, but the recording sounds less reverbed than the Chesky "New York sessions" recorded in the St Peter Episcopal Church. But as usual with Chesky productions, the instruments sound less close-up than on most jazz recordings. I've listened to the stereo layer only, and it's perfect.

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