The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Ek­lek­tik ★★★ Warner Mu­sic The ti­tle of An­to­nio Farao’s lat­est of­fer­ing – a jaunty slice of jazz-meets-R&B-meets-hip-hop – might serve as a de­scrip­tor for a lot of the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic that falls un­der the ‘jazz’ so­bri­quet, so it’s some­what puz­zling that the re­spected Ital­ian pi­anist feels the need to labour the point. A gen­er­ous liner note from leg­endary sax­o­phon­ist Benny Gol­son (with whom Farao has toured) points to the pi­anist’s roots in the post-bop tra­di­tion, but of­fers lit­tle in the way of fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion. In fact, Ek­lek­tik wan­ders dan­ger­ously close to the smooth end of the jazz pool at times, and some tracks work bet­ter than oth­ers, but a roll call of il­lus­tri­ous guests, that runs from gui­tarist Bireli La­grene to rap­per Snoop Dogg, make for in­ter­est­ing - rather than nec­es­sar­ily re­quired - lis­ten­ing. an­to­nio­

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