Album: Gianluigi Trovesi All'Opera, Profumo Di Violetta, (ECM)

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A perfect present for sentimental leftists and lovers of Italian culture.

This hometown Bergamo recording by reeds maestro Trovesi and the wind-orchestra band of Filarmonica Mousiké celebrates the industrial-peasant traditions of courtyard music in a fabulous suite linking Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni with jazzy originals. You may not listen to the whole thing over and over again but individual highlights shine brightly.

Pick of the Album: 'Vespone': township jazz meets classical counterpoint