Italian bassist Maurizio Rolli’s exceptional tribute to Jaco Pastorious "Moodswings," is followed-up by this recording, which unfortunately, suffers from a bit of anonymity, especially when taken as a whole. Guitar hero Mike Stern and saxophonist extraordinaire Bob Mintzer render strong solos, but there’s an overriding sense of uniformity that produces a less than desirable effect here. On a per track basis, female vocalist Diana Torto’s wordless vocals are generally performed either with the melody or atop the instrumentalists’ lyricism and unison choruses. And while she possesses an airy, jazz-based vocal style, many of these pieces tend to sound superfluous and are more or less, slight variations of previously explored motifs. However, there’s no doubt about the crack musicianship displayed throughout this generally, flowing set. But at the end of the day, this production sort of blends in with a fair amount of the rather hum drum modern jazz that lacks sustainable attributes.
Artist / Group Name:Maurizio Rolli
CD Title:Archivi Sonori
Record Label:Wide Sound
Musicians:Maurizio Rolli (acoustic & electric bass), Diana Torto (vocals), Mike Stern (guitar), Gianluca Esposito (soprano sax), Bob Mintzer (soprano sax), Angelo Canelli (piano), Otmaro Ruiz (piano), Paolo Corsi (drums), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Israel Varela (polmas & cajon)