Four saxes, four composers, four pieces that merge western classical and Afro-American music, performed with reciprocal respect for the two forms, in the quartet's usual style.
The disk opens with a long piece called ELLING-TONES, a homage to Duke Ellington, the finest of all jazz orchestra conductors and composers, including, amongst others, the fantastic “Caravan” and “In a Sentimental Mood” alongside a fresh, funky take on “Perdido” and “Cotton Tail” presented as a fugue.
This is followed by ESTATE by Bruno Martino. A homage to Italy and the creator of the only Italian song to have become a jazz standard. The album's title song is performed in a thrilling original arrangement by Stefano Nanni.
No disk of this kind would be complete without a reference to George Gershwin, the classical musician who was the first to bring the new jazz sounds and moods into the symphonic repertoire. SELECTION FROM PORGY and BESS is an arrangement by Bill Holcombe, in the rarely performed original version which features a double bass, played here by a marvellous Fabio Uliano Grasselli, alongside the saxophones.
The programme ends with a suite dedicated to Bill Evans, a musician not afraid to innovate but with a strong feel for the roots of jazz. The pieces also include “Nardis” by Miles Davis and the complex “Five”. Completing the programme is "Peri's Scope" arranged for 8 saxophones, in which Saxofollia is joined by the Alter Ego Saxophone Quartet
“Estate” is a culmination, the group's way of saying "this is where we're at", a disk that encapsulates the ideas and experiences emerging from Saxofollia's work during the last few years.