This Machine Kills Fascists

Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et

Francesco Bearzatti’s latest album, “This Machine Kills Fascists”, is a tribute to Woody Guthrie (the words this machine kills fascists were a message he wrote on his guitar in 1941).

Artists :

Danilo Gallo ( Bass, Guitars )
Giovanni Falzone ( Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Zeno De Rossi ( Drums, Percussion )
Francesco Bearzatti ( Sax, Clarinet )
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et ( Band )
Petra Magoni ( Vocals )
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et

Francesco Bearzatti’s “This Machine Kills Fascists” is a tribute to Woody Guthrie (the words this machine kills fascists were a message he wrote on his guitar in 1941).   Bearzatti is with his Tinissima 4et (including Giovanni Falzone on trumpet, Danilo Gallo on bass and Zeno De Rossi on drums) and is back to musically depicting the life, art and times of another rebellious, unruly artist who has sung about the United States of the Great Depression, union struggles and hopes in the New Deal.  The other America, that of folk and blues, all filtered through the perception of Francesco Bearzatti and a quartet that has already gained its place in jazz history.  Woody Guthrie is America’s greatest, most extreme folk singer-songwriter, an intellectual, novelist and political activist, who depicted the working class and outcasts, always siding against the iniquities of politicians and capitalists. His legacy affected all the folk and protest songs from then on, from Bob Dylan to Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg and The Clash.  Moving through painful blues and frenzied tracks, this album is a musical journey that starts from Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, and winds its way through sandstorms, wanderings by train, ragged clothes and New York. It ends with a piece dedicated to Sacco & Vanzetti (for whom Guthrie had written a compilation) and with the only non-original piece here, a reinterpretation of “This Land Is Your Land”, that exemplifies Guthrie’s poetry – halfway between a declaration of love for his homeland and a caustic argument against private ownership – and clearly states his vision based on solidarity and sharing:

This land is your land, this land is my land From California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.

The wide-ranging sonic palette in this album enhances Tinissima 4et’s usual, distinctive strength through elements from the American folk tradition of the 30’s and 40’s, deeply resounding notes that call Guthrie’s words to mind. This recording is a strong statement by Bearzatti, in these days of severe, harsh social inequalities.

DownBeat Magazine: Best Album (2016)

Recorded and mixed in Cavalicco on 27 - 28 April 2015 at Artesuono Recording Studio  Recording & mixing engineer Stefano Amerio

Photos by Andrea Boccalini

More Information
Title This Machine Kills Fascists
Catalogue Number CAMJ 7893-2
Display Artist Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et
Label Cam Jazz
Release date Oct 16, 2015
Year 2015
Format cd, digital
Duration 48:28
Main genre Jazz
Product type full album