Antonio Farao – Eklektik (2017)

Antonio Farao - Eklektik (2017)
Artist: Antonio Farao
Album: Eklektik
Genre: Post-Bop, Piano Jazz
Origin: Italy
Released: 2017
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Eklektik “Intro” (feat. Robert Davi)
Line (feat. Krayzie Bone)
I Send to You
Motion (feat. Mike Clark)
Europe (feat. Claudia Campagnol, Marcus Miller, Manu Katche)
News From (feat. Snoop Dogg & Walter Ricci)
Quiet
Part of You (feat. Claudia Campagnol)
Frammenti (feat. Manu Katche)
Nueva quarto (feat. Manu Katche)
Through the Day (feat. Walter Ricci)
Rough (feat. Didier Lockwood, Bireli Lagrene, Lenny White & Luigi Di Nunzio)

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The title of Antonio Farao’s latest offering – a jaunty slice of jazz-meets-R&B-meets-hip-hop – might serve as a descriptor for a lot of the contemporary music that falls under the ‘jazz’ sobriquet, so it’s somewhat puzzling that the respected Italian pianist feels the need to labour the point.

A generous liner note from legendary saxophonist Benny Golson (with whom Farao has toured) points to the pianist’s roots in the post-bop tradition, but offers little in the way of further explanation.

In fact, Eklektik wanders dangerously close to the smooth end of the jazz pool at times, and some tracks work better than others, but a roll call of illustrious guests, that runs from guitarist Bireli Lagrene to rapper Snoop Dogg, make for interesting – rather than necessarily required – listening.
by Cormac Larkin