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Francesco Cafiso: Moody’n

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The recordings of certain jazz musicians do not approximate the experience of hearing them live. In person, alto saxophonist Francesco Cafiso, who made his name as one of the most important child prodigies of the new jazz millennium, can intoxicate you. His pure, penetrating alto saxophone sound sweeps you up, and he sings vast extravagant songs that tie into elegant designs.

His records do not get there, but Moody’n is his best to date. Cafiso is now 22, and he has succeeded where so many child prodigies fail: He has grown. Moody’n is a complete album statement, with fresh, clean, tight voicings of jazz classics and intriguing original compositions. It is built on the dynamic tension between closely organized arrangements and Cafiso solos that are somehow both wild and concise.

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