Cosimo Boni: May Be (Unable To Return)

Italian trumpeter resident in New York swings it straightahead like a native, reminding of Miles Davis and the 1960s and 70s


Italian trumpeter Cosimo Boni has been based in USA for some time and here he leads a quintet through eight of his own compositions, displaying all the confidence we have come to expect from North American natives.

One of his early influences was Miles Davis, made obvious periodically as the music progresses, particularly in the opening part to Question, where he lingers in the lower register and elsewhere as his ascending/descending runs unfold. He also favours a “fall away” at the end of his lines.

Having made this observation, which is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be said that his attack is bold and bright – a real plus also common to the other musicians, even if no great individuality is immediately apparent.

In many ways this is a slight throwback to the past, some of the theme statements delivered in a manner conjuring up the 60s and 70s. Altogether, it’s a straightahead jazz album with enough variety to satisfy most jaded ears.

As If It Were; Nice; Dream Giver; Question; View Of One; Dunda; May Be (Unable To Return); Pagan Solemnity (45.52)
Boni (t); Daniele Germani (as); Isaac Wilson (p); Mats Sandahl (b); Jongkuk Kim (d, pc). NY, 13 & 14 June 2022.
Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 652