Joe Pisto and Fausto Beccalossi – Interplay

Album Review | Belfagor | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

A sort of ‘meeting of the spirits’ featuring Joe Pisto’s informed guitar playing and Fausto Beccalossi’s enchanting accordion flurries. Predominantly instrumental with a few moments of scat vocals, Interplay is a delightful experience, which I imagine could be enjoyed in a variety of ways; in a grand Spanish concert hall perhaps or over coffee and croissants at a shady pavement table outside a Parisian cafe, or indeed an equivalent establishment in Lombardy on the banks of Lake Como, the essence of which can easily be found simply by playing this CD on your home player. It’s dreamy stuff and easy on the ear, despite the complexity of the performances. “Sevilla”, the opening composition, steadily builds from its plaintive beginning to some vibrant and passionate exchanges on both instruments. The eight original pieces are each rich in melody, evenly paced and hugely enjoyable at the same time. Interplay is the best word to describe what these two musicians do and with not a single note wasted in the process.