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Rosario Giuliani Quartet: Luggage

Italian altoist Rosario Giuliani blows in like a Cannonball Adderley-inspired tornado on his sixth CD, the first to be released in North America. Although Adderley is clearly an influence, the prize-winning Giuliani’s sometimes strident tone and propensity for swirling, perpetual motion, double-time excursions, as illustrated on his own breakneck title piece and his fast blues “Dear Tucci,” help personalize his style. But his full tone can also be smoothly expressive, as his touching rendition of the original ballad “Love for My Mother” and his soulful “Remi” prove. The quartet’s performance of the slow standard “Portrait of Jennie,” with its respectful reading of the melody and occasional peppering of double-time passages, serves as an excellent example of authentic, straightahead hard bop.

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