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Cinquide by Franco Baggiani & Urbanfunk

Cindique by Franco Baggiani and Urbanfunk provides a return to the heavy 1980's feel of Miles Davis' big funky electric bands, seasoned with contributions by Marcus Miller, Bill Evans, and Kenny Garrett.

This is not a completely electrified group, though it does employ multi-layered horns, spacey, reverbed electric guitar, and funky slap electric bass and drums. The rhythm section mainly keeps on track laying down the grooves for the tunes, and leaves most of the soloing to the horns. We do hear from guitarist Cifariello in an extended solo on "Mr. Ezov".

There's not a lot that I can tell you about this group or its musicians except for some cursory information gleaned from reading through the liner notes and Mr. Baggiani's website, all in Italian. Baggiani is a well-pedigreed trumpeter and veteran of many big band and jazz projects in Europe. He is a well-rounded player and possesses a versatile and intense command of his instrument. Guest saxophonist Coco Cantini is also an excellent soprano and tenor player in the contemporary vein.

As I mentioned earlier, this CD mostly falls into the electric funk feel that is mostly associated with Miles Davis. There are some departures from this sound, such as "Facile", which retains more of a classic 60's Motown feel and borrows its melody from Hall and Oates' pop hit "Maneater", and also features a solo by guitarist Cifariello.

Listeners who enjoy an energetic, funky band with good players and a contemporary flavor should find few faults with this CD.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Franco Baggiani & Urbanfunk
  • CD Title: Cinquide
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Sound Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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