Alexa Tarantino
Posi-tone, 2020

August 17, 2020

Clarity is Alexa Tarantino‘s second album.

On June 5, 2020 Posi-tone released Clarity, the second album by American saxophonist (and flutist) Alexa Tarantino, after Winds of Change (2019). Of the line up of the first record only Rudy Royston on drums remained and was joined in this new work by Steven Feifke on piano and Rhodes, and Joe Martin on double bass.

The album is structured on the guidelines of classic jazz: there are fast bop-cut songs (“A Race Against Time”, “Thank You For Your Silence”), contemporary or modal tracks (“Through”, “A Unified Front” , “Karma”), ballads (“My Ship”) and delicate medium numbers (“Breaking Cycles”, “La Puerta”).



The tonal variety is given by Tarantino’s alternation between sax (alto and soprano) and flute, while Feifke plays the Rhodes in two pieces. The group is fantastic, Tarantino has a virtuosic phrasing (as does Feifke, who always plays interesting solos) and the rhythm section is impeccable.

The only drawback of the disc are perhaps the compositions, sometimes too mannerist and impersonal. A small venial sin considering the technical skills of Tarantino who, already a brilliant virtuoso in the solo language, will probably have the opportunity to evolve also in writing.


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