ASTRAL TRAVEL (LIVE)
Astral Travel is a band inspired by the Italian born drummer and composer Tommaso Cappellato. It is a tribute to spiritual jazz, a style that Cappellato came to discover through one of his mentors during his 9-year permanence in New York, pianist and arranger Harry Whitaker, composer of “Black Renaissance”, a 70’s rarity. The name of the project is suggested by one of Pharaoh Sanders’ compositions, a key player in this particular genre since the mid sixties, along with Sun Ra, John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp and many others.
Tommaso and his sublime outfit Astral Travel have created a musical work with depth and texture, that takes you on a journey out of this world. In July 2013 Tommaso and Astral Travel released the album “Cosm’ethic” for the UK label Jazz Re:freshed, an establishment in the underground scene for jazz, funk and soul worldwide, receiving entusiasthic feedback from illustrious DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, Mike Chadwick, and Robert Strauss.
“Cosm’ethic” is a thoughtfully constructed dedication to the late Harry Whitaker, steeped in the sensibilities of deep spiritual jazz, yet futuristic and fresh in its execution.