Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet/Paolo Fresu: Desertico Oct03

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Otá Records Record Label - Otá Records: "Otá Records is an independent production company and record label based in Oakland, California, dedicated to the music of internationally acclaimed Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa."
Release date: 2013-06-11


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Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet/Paolo Fresu: Desertico


If there’s one reason to explore this album it’s Paolo Fresu’s tone which resonates with Miles Davis’ aching sound. On his new album Desertico, Fresu manages to express melancholy without hopelessness, especially on the ballads, painting whimsical water colors with a gentle brush - his flugelhorn or trumpet.

Paolo Fresu isn’t the only enormous talent on the album. The tunes on Desertico would not be so artistic and storytelling in nature without the empathic musical unity of the Devil Quartet, made up of Bebo Ferra (guitar), Dalla Porta (bass) and Stefano Bagnoli (drums). Their harmonies are brilliant and their musical arcs create beautiful environments for sensual solo performances to blossom. And the solo instrument isn’t always Fresu. Guitarist Bebo Ferra can really shred on both electric and acoustic guitar, and bassist Dalla Porta is given ample space to express himself. The title track “Desertico” begins with a bass-only introduction before settling into a sneaking bass and drum ostinato line on which Fresu and Bebo dance joyfully.

On the whole, the album sounds both natural and surreal, almost dreamlike, and each track bursts with personality. The Devil Quartet’s soundscapes always enchant and transport the listener; it’s a magnificent musical journey. Take a dive into the samples provided on this page to see what that journey means for you.

Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet - Desertico