Journey To Donnafugata

Salvatore Bonafede
Salvatore Bonafede

An exceptional and very pleasant surprise... as Maestro Nino Rota's magnificent score to "Il Gattopardo" (by Luchino Visconti) is revisited by this international jazz quintet.

Artists :

John Abercrombie ( Guitar )
Salvatore Bonafede ( Piano )
Ben Street ( Bass )
Clarence Penn ( Drums )
Michele Rabbia ( Drums, Percussion, Live Electronics )
Enrico Rava ( Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Ralph Towner ( Classical Guitar, Piano )
Salvatore Bonafede

An elegant tribute to the magnificent music from the film "Il Gattopardo" (Nino Rota), by an exceptional international jazz quintet.
While pianist Salvatore Bonafede travels on this great Journey to Donnafugata with Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Ben Street, and Clarence Penn, friends like Ralph Towner and Michele Rabbia drop in to strum on a few tunes...

"On this atmospheric set, Italian pianist Salvatore Bonafede performs a set of themes from the film The Leopard. While a few of the melodies are brief and act as transitions (particularly a couple Verdi pieces), there are some strong compositions here that are uplifted by the superior trumpet and flügelhorn playing of Enrico Rava. Rava sometimes sounds a bit like Miles and at other times drops the coolness for some hotter solos. Guitarist John Abercrombie also adds to the atmosphere, as does guest acoustic guitarist Ralph Towner. Although none of the themes (mostly by film composer Nino Rota) are destined to become standards, the rich melodies, Rava's tone (which is often filled with longing), and Bonafede's arrangements make this a haunting and memorable outing." (source: - S.Yanow)

Recorded in Rome on 12, 13 May 2003 at Forum Music Village Studio Recording engineer Luciano Torani 

Photos by Barbara Ledda

More Information
Title Journey To Donnafugata
Catalogue Number CAMJ 7762-2
Display Artist Salvatore Bonafede
Label Cam Jazz
Release date Jan 13, 2004
Year 2004
Format cd, digital
Duration 52:14
Main genre Jazz
Product type full album