Devra is the alias of Italian drummer and composer Fabio De Angelis. Originally from Vicenza, Italy, Devra made a name for himself as a session drummer in his native country, collaborating with several artists on the national scene across the worlds of jazz and pop.
Thanks to his experience of openness and contamination across genres and the influence of the British nu jazz scene, Devra debuts with his eponymous EP published by the London-based label Root Records: five heterogeneous tracks, with nujazz fluctuations, that contain within them elements of hip hop, soul and R&B.
The Ep, released on 30 June on the London-based label Root Records, found considerable support in the UK through national and international trade radio stations such as Jazz FM, Soho Radio, Rinse fm, Totally Wired, Reprezent, NTS Radio and programmes such as Future Bubblers and Jazz re:freshed (featuring the best of UK trade publications).
In Italy it was published by DLSO and Rockit, was hosted on Radio Raheem, was broadcast on Rai Radio 3’s ‘Body and Soul’ programme and the historic ‘B-Side’ programme, hosted by Alessio Bertallot and now broadcast on Radio Capital, described it as ‘one of the most interesting Italian publications’, supporting the release of the three singles throughout the programme.
Third Wave is a snapshot of the musical universe of the versatile musician and composer from Vicenza Fabio De Angelis. His music shows an opening towards the demands of contemporaneity but also a profound respect for jazz tradition, whose linguistic codes he has studied for a long time. On the one hand the writing and on the other the interpretation of the songs and standards. The common thread that binds these two expressive instances is the 50’s and 60’s jazz tradition, an obsession that crosses the “third phase” of the drummer’s stylistic exploration and to which he consecrates this first record. In this straight-ahead approach, however, there are several elements of freshness. The approach to sound, the metric modulations, the skilful use of dynamics frame the album within a contemporary post-bop where the clarity and balance of the rhythm section are flanked by the harmonic choices and improvisations of the soloists, closer to a controlled modernity.
The project consists of saxophonist Pietro Mirabassi, double bass player Francesco Bordignon and drummer Fabio De Angelis.
The pianoless trio proposes a repertoire based on the orchestral music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, revisiting their sonorities thanks to the solo character of each of the musicians.
The three met at the Conservatory of Vicenza and in 2019 they won the National Arts Award for the Jazz category, winning the prize dedicated on that occasion to the musician Pino Daniele.
Since then, the trio has played at several national events, receiving excellent reviews, and is planning a debut recording.