Massimo Biolcati is reviewed by Take Effect with his new album Incontre

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TAKE EFFECT

Massimo Biolcati

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Incontre

Sounderscore, 2020

8/10

Listen to Incontre

Perhaps better known as a founding member of the trio Gilfema, the bassist and composer Massimo Biolcati has been quite busy producing music for other bands, but here he takes time to perform as leader on his sophomore solo album, Incontre.

“Hello, I Lied” starts the listen with low strings before smooth and elegant brass enters the equation as the tune finds a graceful place to reside, and “Boo Boo’s Birthday” follows with playful percussion in the bright atmosphere and unpredictable jazz rhythm.

Further along, “Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love” recruits organs in the soulful setting and complements it with baritone saxophone, while the title track displays the saxophone prowess of Dayna Stephens well, while also focusing on the fluid keys from Sam Yahel. Although this tune was penned two decades, it sounds quite modern in its delivery.

Closer to the end, “How’s Never” bounces with plenty of rhythm that tips it hat to funk inspiration, and “Birthday Song, Almost” ends the listen with much sophistication, as the exit unfolds with both frisky and mature dynamics, especially from Jongkuk Kim behind the drum kit.

Biolcati brings a wealth of experience and talent to the table, and that’s not just with his own accolades, and together with the esteemed players he offers several well thought out originals and some inventive covers. Their version of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Tears For Fears) is alone worth the price of admission.

Travels well with: Sam FazioLet’s Go; Michael WaldropTriangularity

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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