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.