Sexmob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota

Sexmob Plays Fellini: The Music Of Nino Rota
Sexmob Plays Fellini: The Music Of Nino Rota

One of the highlights of the 23rd Akbank Jazz Festival was Sexmob. The quote from legendary Italian director Federico Fellini “My films, like my life, are summed up in circus, spaghetti, sex, and cinema.” is the driving force behind their long-awaited album “Circus, Cinema and Spaghetti: Sexmob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota”. The band, consisting of Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Briggan Krauss on alto saxophone, Tony Scherr on electric bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, delivered an expressive and  energetic gig. The interplays among the musicians were playful, unpredictable and sometimes humorous but without breaking the sophistication. Bernstein’s distorted chords and screaming notes – and  from his slide trumpet, Karauss’s frenzy, high-low pitched saxophone, Wollesen’s remarkable, solemn beats and touches and Scherr’s massive rhythmic patterns were the central features in the gig. To our surprise, through the end of the gig, İlhan Erşahin joined the band and improvization went on with two saxophones. All in all, Sex Mob disseminates Rota’s expressive scores excellently with a freestyle, modern gusto underlining Nino Rota’s beautiful work, which we enjoyed a lot.

 

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