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On the centenary of Zorro’s creation, saxophonist Francesco Bearzatti and his Tinissima 4et present latest contribution to widescreen jazz drama. Zorro is a wild suite of big cinematic themes, romantic interludes, sweeping landscapes and breathtaking chases. If the cliché about jazz as a cinematic experience ever meant anything it is this. With trumpeter Giovanni Falzone, bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer Zeno De Rossi, the saxophonist who once declared, with Woody Guthrie, that “this machine kills fascists” restores jazz’s association with the redress of injustice. Zorro isn’t a political lecture, though; it’s an entertaining and deeply moving journey across a dreamed landscape that we all secretly share. And remember that “jazz” ends with not one swept “z” but two
Recorded in Cavalicco in February 2020.