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Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet: Desertico

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Paolo Fresu is a direct descendant of Chet Baker, and one of the most seductive trumpet players in jazz. That he is not better known in the United States shows that, even in the Information Age, the jazz art form remains regionalized. Fresu is a star in Italy, with a voluminous discography on labels large (ECM) and small (Otá).

The Devil Quartet is Bebo Ferra (guitar), Paolino Dalla Porta (bass) and Stefano Bagnoli (drums). Fresu also has an Angel Quartet with Nguyên Lê on guitar. The badass in the Devil Quartet is Ferra. He is often edgier and louder than Fresu’s typical associates. Desertico opens with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and while Ferra is nowhere near as nasty as Keith Richards, he does rasp and sting and incite Fresu to boogie.

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