de Valk Jazz Nu
Armando Cairo is in his forty's, lives in Amsterdam, paints (very beautifully)
and playes the tenor-saxophone.
We'll discuss that last talent here: reason is his first album as band
leader. Cairo is no wide-fame musician, but has achieved a lot thanks
to a iron determination and clear ideas.
What he wants, immediately becomes clear: play jazz in the style of
Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, with a wink to Archie Shepp from the
time that Shepp was still Shepp.
Cairo also composes: no dull desk-written numbers, but catchy themes
that form a base for the soloists. From the first note of Tale of Woe
on, it shows immediately that 'I'm a fool to want you'Ç a Dexter ballad
from his Blue Note period Ç was part of his study material.
Cairo has the possession of less technique and swing, but playes with
commitment and dedication. The rhythm-section delivers a authentic companion.
On a earlier CD with Cajan Witmer my only critique was that the pianist
didn't comb his hair when he was photographed. But that is also solved