The trumpeter from Cleveland, Ohio, has a band of masters – Larry Goldings on piano, organ and celesta, Christian McBride on acoustic bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Dean Parks on guitar, Jamey Haddad on percussion, Gil Goldstein on accordion – and a master producer – Tommy LiPuma – so what can go wrong?
Well, he could have chosen a duff set of songs. But he hasn’t. With some inspiration from Louis Armstrong in his sound and a slow, stalking attitude from the band, he completely refreshes the Gipsy Kings’ hit Bamboleo. And any album that includes Tom Waits’ Soldiers Things – done here with tastefully low-key strings and some fine ballad work from the leader – is declaring its impeccable taste.
Add Horace Silver’s Señor Blues with a guest vocal from Jacob Collier and his voice harmoniser, Dianne Reeves’ tune Tango given a distinctly Sketches Of Spain-meets-Cuba feel and Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love as an easy funk-groover, and you get an indication of the trumpeter’s wide-ranging taste. Farinacci’s own compositions include a Middle Eastern-flavoured Doha Blues, complete with Lebanese singer and Arab percussionist.
He could also have turned such a diverse set of musical stories into a bit of a mishmash. He hasn’t. His full-blooded but never strident trumpet tone and LiPuma’s slick production ensure a cohesion to the album.
Thoroughly entertaining throughout.
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