Felice Clemente Quartet “Nuvole di Carta”. CROCEVIA DI SUONI RECORDS CDS005.
Felice Clemente (ss, ts); Massimo Colombo (p); Giulio Corini (b); Massimo Manzi (d); Italy, 2011. The continuing development of world-class European players is evinced by this fine release from Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente, his eighth as leader. Born in 1974 and a graduate of the Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan, Clemente attended a masterclass by Dave Liebman in 2002, and the ispiration of Liebman is perhaps evident in the predominance of the soprano here, although Clemente draws a softer, more clarinet-styled tone from the instrument, some way from Liebman’s often raw intensity and closer to Wayne Shorter or Branford Marsalis. Clemente’s compositions are strongly structured and varied, the opening The Courage To Try, for example, blending a memorable Latin theme with wideranging harmony and a final modal vamp that draws a compelling polytonal coda statement from Clemente. Stylistic variety comes from the jazzing of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and the Bird to Ornette to New Orleans colours of Lost in Blues. Clemente’s quartet has already played several major European venues and on this evidence deserves far wider exposure. The CD is available from croceviadisuonirecords.com (Clive Cooper).