January 8, 2021
Zorro is the fifth album by Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et.
It was August 6, 1919 when Johnston McCulley’s short novel “The Curse of Capistrano” was serialized in the magazine All-Story Weekly and re-published in 1920 as “The Mark of Zorro” following the success of the 1920 film. Zorro is the first masked hero to appear in both an adventure novel and the world of Hollywood and has inspired all subsequent masked heroes of the 20th century.
The new album by Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et is called Zorro and celebrates the centenary of the birth of the nice executioner. The fifth record of the line-up formed by the leader on saxophones and clarinets, Giovanni Falzone on trumpet and flugelhorn, Danilo Gallo on electric bass and guitar, and Zeno De Rossi on drums; “Zorro” follows the previous works dedicated to Tina Modotti, Malcolm X, Woody Guthrie and Thelonious Monk.
The album features nine original songs that are an ideal soundtrack for an imaginary film: “Zorro” is a quick opening theme, “Tierra India” explores South American atmospheres (almost jungle) while “El regreso” recalls Mexican worlds with the irresistible guitar by Cock.
“Ago Mal” alternates counterpoint parts of trumpet and saxophone with avant-garde moments exploring some beautiful hypnotic riffs (again by Gallo) and is followed by the fast “Bernardo”, an excursion into bebop. “Sargento Garcio” is a humorous march, a bit lopsided (like the character it represents, probably), and is embellished with a beautiful clarinet solo.
The particularly lyrical and successful “Lolita” is followed by the aggressive “Tornado”, another excursion into the territories between free jazz and rock. The conclusive “El Triunfo del Zorro” is majestic and (brilliantly) closes the album by taking up the initial theme.
Zorro is a well-written, well-arranged and well-played album that skillfully produces different atmospheres without falling into mannerisms but offering a surprising (and interesting) vision of the masked hero.
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et Zorro CAMJazz 2020 copyright Jazzespresso 2020
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