Get ready for a ride around the world (and universe) in less than an hour. This album brings various sounds and flavors from Africa to Asia to Outer Space right to the listener’s ear. Through various instruments such as the saxophone, oboe, flute, and electronic programming, along with the help of a few talented musicians, and featuring the late Giovanni Fugazza (to whom this project is dedicated) on piano and programming, Contamination is a happy mixture of styles and accents that infuse and infect the jazz here. Starting off in “Africa,” with an earthy world beat, Marco Gamba on bass and Fabrizio Garofoli on piano really shine on this track. Next, “Atlantide” has a flowing, casual, fantasy/new-age sound. “Koto Song,” track three, has an “Asian” feel, highlighted by La Viola’s fluttery horn and insistent driving percussion. The fourth track, “Afrodite,” co-written by La Viola and Fugazza has a sultry seductive tone with La Viola’s oboe and a rolling drumbeat. The next track, “Metamorfosi,” also co-written by La Viola and Fugazza, features the sampled primal sounds of didgeridoo to start off the changeable tune, which results in a merger of pop and primitive aboriginal music. Pas Scarpato adds the bassline and Fugazza adds piano. “Acqua,” track six, is brought to life by percussion and drums. The next track, “Odissea,” has a dry, arid, desert feel as we are carried forward by a good, strong and steady, driving beat. Next, is “Space Dance,” with lighter than air, gravity-free, tingly, smooth programming and beat. “Murales” takes us into the city where the sounds of a graffiti-artist’s spray-paint can being shaken is the first sound we hear as the scratchy saxophone picks up the pace and adds metro-flavor jazz to this piece. Last up is “Blu Profundo:” a cold, eerie, almost ghostly sound surrounds and takes hold of the listener.La Viola’s skill and talent as a composer and versatile musician is evident. His collage of different sounds and styles mesh together splendidly to create an interesting and entertaining musical journey. His supporting musicians shine through to give the recording added splashes of color and mood throughout, and his collaboration with Giovanni Fugazza brings another dimension of musical acumen to the mix. Technically and artistically brilliant, including the album cover art which ties the whole thing together visually.