Sunday, July 22, 2012

2 Sem 2012 - Part One

Fabrizio Bosso with London Symphony Orchestra Arr./Conducted Stefano Fonzi
Plays Enchantment: l'incantesimo di Nino Rota 

By Discovery Rec
This album by classically-trained, Italian jazz trumpeter, Fabrizio Bosso, is a tribute to the compositions of the Nino Rota, known particularly for his superb film soundtracks, especially for Federico Fellini films. The centenary of Rota’s birth was in December, 2011.
The material includes music from Coppola’s ‘The Godfather’, Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Visconti’s ‘The Leopard’, and Fellini’s ‘Amacord’, ‘La Strada’, ‘8 1/2’, and ‘La Dolce Vita’.
Bosso’s fine playing is backed by Claudio Filippini – piano; Rosario Bonaccorso – double-bass; Lorenzo Tucci – drums, and the London Symphony Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Stefano Fonzi. The whole album works wonderfully well, doing full justice to Rota’s idiosyncratic style.

Track Listing for Plays Enchantment - Film Music of Nino Rota / LSO
1. Otto e mezzo (La passerella)
2. Romeo e Giulietta
3. Amarcord
4. Enchantment
5. Il gattopardo (Il valzer del commiato)
6. La strada
7. Il padrino
8. Il ragazzo di Borgata
9. La dolce vita

Claudio Roditi
Bons Amigos

by William Ruhlmann
For Claudio Roditi's third Resonance album, he and label head George Klabin came up with a concept well within the trumpeter's comfort zone, turning to Brazilian jazz standards of the 1960s through the ‘80s, composed by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Toninho Horta, and Egberto Gismonti (plus more recent songwriters such as Eliane Elias), then mixing in a few of Roditi's originals. Since the 65-year-old was present at the creation of some of this music (he actually played in the horn section on the original recording of Gismonti's "O Sonho [The Dream]"), but has been an expatriate living in the U.S. since leaving Brazil in the early ‘70s, it's music with which he feels right at home. But complacency has not been allowed to set in. Roditi, playing his trademark rotary valve trumpet, flügelhorn, and, on his own "Piccolo Samba," a piccolo trumpet, is joined by Donald Vega (piano), Marco Panascia (bass), and Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), plus, on selected tracks, guitarist Romero Lubambo, and they make for an excellent Latin jazz ensemble. Roditi, a highly melodic and pleasant player, gets the lion's share of solos, of course, but Lubambo matches him on such tunes as Elias' "Para Nada [For Nothing]" and the title song (by Horta), but the others get their moments to shine, too. In his liner notes, Klabin complains that Roditi has been underrated and categorized as a Latin jazz player despite his talents as a straight-ahead jazz trumpeter. That may be so, but it's a difficult argument to make with an album as much devoted to Latin jazz as this one. Yet the Roditi original "Levitation," a hard bop number with little Latin feel, justifies Klabin's claim in spades, confirming this veteran's bona fides as a jazz soloist without qualifiers.

Dmitry Baevsky
The Composers

by Ken Dryden
Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky is one musician who avoids the original-heavy CDs of many recent jazz program graduates, instead preferring to explore infrequently played gems by jazz greats from a variety of styles. His third CD as a leader features him backed by several of the most in-demand sideman in New York: pianist David Hazeltine, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist John Webber, plus young drummer Jason Brown (who appeared on Baevsky's debut CD). His brisk opener is Cedar Walton's infectious "Ojos de Rojo," a delicious blend of Latin rhythm and hard bop. Duke Pearson is an unjustly neglected composer, so Baevsky's exploration of his easygoing "Gaslight" is most welcome. Horace Silver's "To Whom It May Concern" features the leader and Bernstein playing in unison and superb soloing by the guitarist. Duke Ellington's "Self-Portrait of the Bean" was likely intended as a one-off recording for his small-group date with Coleman Hawkins (whom the song honors); Baevsky's alto is rhapsodic in its own way without trying to duplicate Hawkins' matchless sound on tenor. Tadd Dameron is yet another composer who doesn't get due attention, Baevsky's snappy take of this tricky bop gem features his darting alto. If that's not enough variety, Baevsky concludes with an enthusiastic treatment of Ornette Coleman's blues "Tears Inside." Dmitry Baevsky reminds jazz fans of what they may have missed by overlooking the contributions of past greats.

Cordoba Reunion
Sin Lugar a Dudas

By Challenge Rec
Four of the best Argentinian musicians, all natives of the same city, Cordoba, and yet live in different countries (France, Italy and Argentine) find themselves creating a musical project where tradition and culture of Argentine, full of sunshine, rhythm , passion but also contradictions, colors and flavors come ToGEther masterfully.
Great emotional intensity (the sax of Javier Girotto is literally poignant, melting), beauty of the compositions, style proud. Their music is easy listening and able to touch the deepest chords not only of jazz fans, but in a word , of music fans. They usually perform on stage all over the world for about 7 years with a surprising impact.
This CD shows an ability to summarize the "mood of the world" through the extreme sensitivity of "musicians of the world."

1 La Vuelta
2 El Mastropiero
3 Pigro Sentimento
4 La Rural
5 La Cambiada
6 Sin Lugar a dudas
7 La Luz de la Noche
8 La Suspendida
9 Ponte Della Memoria
10 l'ultimo

Francesco Maccianti Quartet
Passo a due

Etichetta: Alma (AR0110609)
Anno Produzione: 2012
Francesco Maccianti pianoforte
Pietro Tonolo sax tenore , sax soprano
Tavolazzi Ares basso
Eliot Zigmund batteria

1.Passo a Due
5.Tutto Il Mondo Che Sento
7.Moon Waltz
8.The Unknowing Face
9.Cubic Dance

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