Devil's Tale. Adrian Raso/fanfare Ciocarlia
Label: Asphalt Tango
Adrian Raso, Fanfare Ciocarlia
Canadian guitar wizard Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia both share a love of Django and big band jazz. Across several chilly Toronto days at Metalworks studios, the Romanians and the Canadian came together. Raso called in several heavyweight friends to contribute to the sessions. These included legendary guitarists John Jorgenson and Rodrigo (of Rodrigo & Gabriela) and rock drummer Kevin Figueriedo. Devil's Tale - reaching down to New Orleans, across the Atlantic to Paris, deep into the Balkans and back through decaying Detroit to Toronto's grandeur - is the result. Raso's guitar sets off on a fluid journey, caressing and cajoling the horns. Together they have created a music rooted in jazz and the Balkans, a sound full of history but looking towards the future.