Review: Francesco Lo Castro, Eric De Fade, Tony De Paolis - While We Hope And Dream
While We Hope And Dream
|Artist:||Francesco Lo Castro, Eric De Fade, Tony De Paolis|
|Album:||While We Hope And Dream|
|Date of Release:||2012/11|
|Country of Release:||UK|
|Date of Review:||2012/12/03|
|Web Site:||http://www.flocastro.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/eric.defade, http://www.tonydepaolis.com|
While We Hope And Dream
Released on Flocastro Records in November, While We Hope And Dream is the third album on which Francesco Lo Castro appears this year, in a joint project with Eric De Fade and Tony De Paolis this time.
For the superficial listener, it might seem easy enough to dismiss While We Hope And Dream as yet another smooth jazz album, but hang on a minute. Lo Castro is no kind of lightweight guitarist, and De Fade is a heavyweight sax and flute player by anyone's standards with an enviable track record and line of credits, while bassist De Paolis is not exactly a lightweight either and fast making a name for himself on the Philly and East Coast scene.
Listen properly, and you'll also realise that the improvs here are far too heavyweight for smooth jazz - not that I would dismiss smooth jazz entirely out of hand, mind. It certainly has had its excellent exponents, particularly from the Philly scene, such as Grover Washington, Jr., to name but perhaps its finest. But While We Hope And Dream goes further, deeper than this.
The compositions, all originals by the three collaborators, bar one, are solid, with a firm emphasis on melody throughout. Indeed, the emphasis throughout is on melody, including in the excellent improvs all round, and Lo Castro's Italianate style in particular ensures a laid-back Mediterranean flavour.
While We Hope And Dream firmly says, slow down, chill a little, dream a little, take a break from the frenzy of modern life, even from the often frenetic pace of much of contemporary jazz and the sometimes near-masturbatory frenzy of solos. Hope and dream a little yourself while you follow the journey. Just go with the flow. A kind of musical spliff if you like, but without side effects and perfectly legal.
The playing and musicianship all round are outstanding, whether in ensemble or solos. De Fade's flute especially is the perfect complement to Lo Castro's guitar, or vice versa, depending on one's point of view.
Totally consistent throughout, While We Hope And Dream is more than merely compelling, its charm and beauty keeping one spellbound. Just relax and dream a little dream.
Francesco Lo Castro, Eric De Fade & Tony De Paolis' While We Hope And Dream should be a must have for any contemporary jazz lover and surely has much wider appeal beyond that.
1. While We Hope And Dream (T. De Paolis) - 6:49
Credits:Eric De Fade - sax, flute
Tony De Paolis - double bass
Francesco Lo Castro - guitar
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