Emanating out of Italy, many folks on these American shores may not be familiar with "EGEA Records." As many of its titles include Italian jazz composers/musicians aligning their talents with American artists such as Gil Goldstein, here performing on accordion. Marked by pristine sonic characteristics (a staple of the record company’s mission), this quartet affair led by pianist Riccardo Zegna offers a sense of enlightenment, subsidized by a cautiously optimistic demeanor. Essentially, they achieve these sensibilities by way of wistfully enacted mini-themes and a sprightly, chamber-esque type format. In addition, many of these works are underscored by lushly romantic passages, sans the sugar and spice.
With this outing, the listener may decide to drift off into a state of solitude, although this production is not merely background music for one’s imagination. On pieces such as "Minuetto," Pietro Tonolo’s breezy soprano sax work offers a bit of counterpoint to cellist Enrico Di Crosta’s semi-classical frameworks. Here, the band projects a hybrid Italian folk/modern jazz outlook via its melodious, yet intricately connected succession of lyrically charged motifs. (Recommended.... )