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Frank Macchia: Landscapes

Like several jazz musicians before him, saxophonist Frank Macchia has found success working in Hollywood as a composer and orchestrator, building up a lengthy list of film and television credits. So it’s not surprising that this well-executed disc has a heavily cinematic flavor, calling up specific visual references and playing directly on the listener’s emotional centers.

As a follow-up to Emotions, Macchia’s 2006 release, Landscapes again places solo tenor saxophone opposite the Prague Orchestra in a mix of folk songs, standards and original works. This time all of the selections describe places, flying from desert wastelands to teeming jungles or sweeping across wide American vistas. Strains of fantasy and film noir jostle with hints of French New Wave cinema, as Macchia’s soulful sax winds around delicate harp and brooding violins.

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