Perfect World – Felice Clemente 4tet
Felice Clemente | soprano & tenor saxophones
Danny Grissett | piano
Valerio Della Fonte | double-bass
Gregory Hutchinson | drums
Third album as leader for Felice Clemente: after the much appreciated “Way out Sud” (2003) and “Inside Me” (2004), both released by Splasc(H) Records, the Milanese saxophonist comes out in 2006 with a new work: “Perfect World”, included in the catalogue of the Picanto Records record label.
After his quintet and septet experiences, Felice goes back to the quartet’s “classical” line-up, with two great American musicians by his side: the Californian pianist Danny Grissett (permanent member of Tom Harrell’s quintet) and the New York drummer Gregory Hutchinson (who played for Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others), in addition to Valerio Della Fonte, a double bass player who had already featured in Felice’s first two recording ventures. With a title expressing great hope for a better world through the essential role of music, in addition to the 5 tracks written by Clemente himself, this CD also includes two compositions by Valerio Della Fonte and one by Tino Tracanna, as well as “Oblivion”, a tribute to one of the greatest names of contemporary music, Astor Piazzolla.
The project is very powerful and emotional. Although each track has its own story and atmosphere, they are all linked together by a narrow thread, subtly concealing a great love for jazz music, in all its timbre and rhythmic facets. This is an ensemble where everyone is granted equal space, where all musicians simply put themselves at the service of music, which in turn is characterized by an unusual and original formal harmonic structure, emphasizing the qualities of individual musicians and a great interplay at the same time.