Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Jazz CD of May 2007

After Battaglia, Bollani & Rea there is a new pianist from Italy,

Ettore Carucci Trio - Forward
Dodicilune Dischi ed. 224 - 2006

Forward, Ettore Carucci Trio

This is a very good recording, made in Lecce, with Ben Street/bass & Adam Cruz/drums.
You must hear this.

There is an italian( French ? ) drummer that has been around for a long time, was ( is ?) married to Dee-Dee Bridgewater, and has released two very good CD's:

André Ceccarelli Trio
Avenue des Diables Blues

Cover (Avenue des Diables Blues:André Ceccarelli)

by Ken Dryden/ All Music Guide
During his long career, André Ceccarelli has recorded sporadically as a leader, but this studio affair should open a few doors. Accompanied by the talented Gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene and organist Joey DeFrancesco, the drummer puts together a wide-ranging set, delving into standards, swing, bop, jazz fusion, and more. His approach to Duke Ellington's gorgeous "Sophisticated Lady" is soft, as he provides minimal brushwork to back his musical partners. The decades-old chestnut "Summertime" slowly simmers in a thoughtful arrangement honoring the organist's mentor, the late Jimmy Smith. The leader finally cuts loose with the brief "Prelude," which segues into a romp through "April in Paris," while Jaco Pastorius' "Three Views of a Secret" showcases both Lagrene's lyrical side and his virtuosity.

The other one is a new CD:

André Ceccarelli
Golden Land

Cover (Golden Land:André Ceccarelli)

with our great Enrico Pieranunzi, Hein Van de Geyn, Dvaid el-Malek.

By Ken Dryen
André Ceccarelli has long been one of Europe's premiere jazz drummers and since the new century began he is getting additional opportunities to showcase his talent as a bandleader and composer/arranger as well. His band includes the brilliant pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, veteran bassist Hein Van De Geyn and the promising tenor saxophonist David El-Malek.Ceccarelli excels at driving a band and is equally at home in driving post-bop numbers like the pianist's "Five Plus Five," his own angular "Free Three" and his solo feature "1er Novembre." Van De Geyn contributed the haunting ballad "Though Dreamers Die," which features El-Malek's emotional solo. Vocalist Elisabeth Kontomanou is added for "Golden Land" (which she co-wrote with the leader, while it is also heard in instrumental form) and the standard "I'm Through with Love." This rewarding session will easily stand the test of time.

Thanks to my friend DR. Marcilio for showing all these CD's.
Great Jazz !
Question: Is Jazz dead ?????
I don't think so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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