Colors of red island
Claudio Scolari | Principal Records (2010)

By Brent Black January 18, 2012

In the day of the digital download the back to basics black and white cover shot is actually a telling indication of the primal musical groove awaiting the listener.

I have to admit I am a little more than jealous as drummer Claudio Scolari is joined by his eighteen year old son Simone on this incredibly versatile and dynamic recording. Simone Scolari more than holds his own on trumpet A distinct instrumental voice with wonderful tone and seasoning well beyond his years, Simone is living proof the musical apple does not fall far from the tree. About the only collaborative effort my father and I  have worked on recently is to see just how high we can raise each others blood pressure without resorting to a trip to the emergency room. That being said...

Colors of Red Island works and works incredibly well because the music is pushed to the front. Claudio Scolari is more than a percussive time keeper but instead a true artist that creates a rhythmic ambient quality to music with a distinct sense of linear purpose. Moods are created, ideas are pushed and an all most cinematic sound scape overtakes the recording at times. Having a firm grasp on balance allows this release to develop on a far more natural scale instead of moving towards the edge of the self indulgent cliff.