Enzo Zirilli/Luca Boscagin/Ross Stanley/Jim Mullen, Radio Londra, Trio Records ***
This is a lightly swinging relaxed and relaxing two-pronged guitar organ-flavoured studio album.
Led from the drums by the highly engaged Enzo Zirilli, the album, recorded over a couple of days in mid-January 2012, is bookended by jam session staple ‘Tenderly’ and the much more involving classic late-1970s disco era soul number ‘After the Love is Gone,’ more or less synonymous with Earth Wind & Fire. The material is familiar but not rendered complacent and as well as encompassing soul and jazz standards (‘You Must Believe in Spring’ one of the most appealing) also draws briefly on classic rock with a flying version of ‘Satisfaction,’ Zirilli sounding as if he is enjoying himself. The main interest beyond the good spread of songs is the rapport between the two guitarists, Mullen’s classic Wes Montgomery-derived sound deeply distilled in soul-jazz meshing with the slightly more contemporary but complementary approach of Boscagin.