One Track Mind: Davide Tammaro, “Jungle” (2013)

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Bursting out with a terse little curlicue of a groove, Davide Tammaro’s “Jungle” combines the sharp intellect of progressive rock into a muscular jazz cadence. It’s a soundscape that perfectly mirrors his subject, the always-bustling New York City.

A native of Naples, Italy, now living in Brooklyn, Tammaro is joined by a stamping drummer in Alessio Romano, who also engineered and mixed “Jungle.” His rhythms, complex and gregarious, echo a fully awakened city’s bustling traffic flow. Pasquale Strizzi then adds a series of trickling interjections on electric piano, very much in the style of Chick Corea’s 1970s excursions.

Tammaro, a student of Maestro Raimondo Di Sandro in his native country and later a Berklee graduate, displays both a newcomer’s wonder at the stirring motion around him – and a just-right ability to shift styles. When he returns to the fore here, it’s with a newfound assertiveness, even more closely hewing to a volcanic rock aesthetic. After a fiery solo, Tammaro then circles back to the initial riff that launched “Jungle,” but with a nastier attitude.

His band, rounded out by bassist Reuben Cainer, then launches into a dizzying eruption of sound – exiting amid a torrent of thrilling dissonance, like the light dying out over the screeches and horns of the Big Apple.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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