Thomas Tang Jazz Podium, January 1999

Armando Cairo, tenor saxophonist (and painter) from the Netherlands, sounds like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins but most of all: like Armando Cairo.

He has a raw, large sound on the horn and his compositions are also influenced by the tradition of the all-time heroes, yet are fundamentally enhanced by the spirit of the present.

Cairo has been playing since the beginning of the 1980's and only in 1996, with his Redheaded Sirens, did he finally record; the delay is all the more praiseworthy.

Thanks to his earthy and unusually skillful playing, the autodidact Cairo leaves countless school-trained saxophonists far behind. Armando Cairo does not imitate and copy the old, great prototypical
saxophone players, rather he just understands them.

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