Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Antonio Farao: Thorn

In the present age of highly refined inside-the-changes jazz, when hard-core, pre-Trane boppers have all but vanished, the Italian pianist Antonio Farao is among the most refined of all. This perfect improviser is a virtuoso of technique, rhythm and harmony. His touch is medium (right hand) to light (simple left-hand comping) and he spins clean, bright melodic lines full of rhythmic variety and jagged or twisting shapes. True, three ballads are meandering, highly decorated, without melodic or structural interest. The other six tracks are fast in tempo (only “Caravan” is not a Farao original) and distinguished by straightforward linear invention. This music flows: whimsical digressions, complexities, funk or block-chord evasions, for example, are not Farao’s way when he’s cooking.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published