Saxman Stefano di Battista, well-known for his work with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones, has also enjoyed the frontman spot for a number of years with his own quartet. A favorite in the Parisian j

Saxman Stefano di Battista, well-known for his work with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones, has also enjoyed the frontman spot for a number of years with his own quartet. A favorite in the Parisian jazz scene, di Battista's preoccupation here is Rome, his birthplace and

the city where he first picked up the saxophone. Di Battista's quartet is joined by the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the orchestral presence lends a terrific lyrical quality to his compositions, which would bear quite a melodic, sentimental, weight even without orchestration. There's nothing remotely edgy happening here, yet di Battista's performance is eloquent. He plays with an emotional force that comes from his subject matter—very much a recherché du temps perdu (a remembrance of things past) for this sax master.—PVV

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