CADENCE MAGAZINE/USA- july 2007 – Jim Santella

Perfect World / Body and Soul / Deep Night / Dragon Fly / African Sea / My Secret Desire / Danzon. 73:30.Clemente, ts, ss; Xavier Davis, p; Valerio Della Fonte, b; Quincy Davis, d. July 2006, Agrate Brianza, Italy.
The Felice Clemente Quartet recorded these
sessions at two concert performances in Italy, at the Crocevia Di Suoni Jazz Festival in Milan and the Terniin Jazzfest in Umbria. They were in high gear, as the thirty-something soprano saxophonist led his unit through a program consisting mostly of original compositions with a cover of “Body and Soul” on tenor. He also plays tenor on “Dragon Fly,” “Danzon” and “My Secret Desire,” showing his audiences a warmer, more lyrical approach on the larger instrument. On soprano, Clemente prefers to run light and fast, putting a sense of anxiety into his work. The quartet drives hard. On “African Sea,” for example,they push forcefully with echoes of traditional dance, allowing the leader’s soprano to float on high with a chip on his shoulder. Solo interludes across the concert stage give piano and drums each a chance to roll with the punches. The live concert setting has them on fire and dueling with each other. Clemente’s big, fat tenor tone carries a wide lyricism that could find a home anywhere in the world. He fills the concert space with his sound and produces from the heart. “My Secret Desire” and “Danzon,” both bonus tracks, create some of the album’s best moments. As double bassist Valerio Della Fonte steps into the spotlight on the former and as pianist Xavier Davis steps up to the plate on the latter, the music takes off. With this latest album, Clemente gives us a universal theme that takes a world view from Jazz’s modern mainstream and seasons it with pleasant adventures.
Jim Santella”

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