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Tasting Beauty

Artist: Giancarlo Mazzu

Date of Release: 27/04/2015

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 562

Label: SLAM

Price: £10

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Luciano Troja

Giancarlo Mazzú, guitar; Luciano Troja, piano.

Following their selection of jazz standards on “Live at the Metropolitan, NYC” (SLAMCD 545), Mazzú and Troja return with a new selection of their original compositions on this their third SLAM CD.
The programme of ten originals represents a sort of travelogue on the musicians’ experiences playing together more than ten years, during which time they have actually produced eight CDs in duo, trio and quartet formats; a dedication to places, people and impressions that have inspired Giancarlo and Luciano over the years.
The music shows a true love for the jazz tradition, the spontaneous composition, the song form and the blues; track 4, “Qui” also remembering their Southern Italy roots.

 

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16/07/2015 Bruce Lee Gallanter

GIANCARLO MAZZU / LUCIANO TROJA - Tasting Beauty (Slam 563; UK) Featuring Giancarlo Mazzu on guitar and Luciano Troja on piano. These two Italian musicians recorded two trio discs with Downtowner Blaise Siwula which we listed perhaps last year. There is their second duo disc for the SLAM label. All of the songs were written by either or both members of the duo. The title track is first and it is a lovely, laid back sort of ballad, with exquisite playing from both musicians. "Blues for Giuseppino" is a fine, bluesy song with tasty guitar and piano. This disc was recorded in a studio in Brooklyn when this duo played here in NY in April of 2013. What is interesting about this session is how normal this duo is, close to mainstream jazz yet still writing their own songs and still being crafty in their own way. As this disc unfolds, the music gets a bit more adventurous but remains restrained and never very far out. Impressive nonetheless, just be patient and the just rewards will arrive in a more modest fashion. -
Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

 

10/06/2015 George W. Harris

Guitarist Giancarlo Mazzu’ joins together with pianist Luciano Troja for ten originals that exude romanticism and reflection. Quiet playfulness is felt on “Blues for Giuseppino” and subtle interplay goes back and forth on “Qui” and the gently swinging “Village Flowers.” Mazzu’s strings chime on “Natural Wisdom” and Troja’s piano is dreamy on “Quando Amavam L’America.” The duo does get a bit feisty at times, delivering a delta twang on the jarring “Fat Mouse In Brooklyn,” but that is simply a belch during the dessert on this sweet collection of pastries.
George W. Harris http://www.jazzweekly.com/2015/06/subtle-and-softchristian-artmann-fields-of-pannonia-giancarlo-mazzu-luciano-troja-tasting-beauty/

 

28/04/2015 Vittorio Lo Conte

Il loro terzo CD in duo arriva su Slam Productions, la meritevole casa discografica inglese. Si tratta diGiancarlo Mazzú alla chitarra e Luciano Troja al pianoforte. Dopo l´incisione dal vivo in USA dedicata agli standards, fatti a modo loro, ed il trio con il sassofonista americano Blaise Siwula ora si presentano con loro composizioni. È una musica originale nello svolgimento che cerca nella tradizione del jazz ma che mentre prende forma acquista una propria dimensione difficilmente classificabile all´interno di un genere. Anche all´interno di quello che è il jazz italiano nelle sue sfaccettature i due mantengono un profilo piuttosto autonomo, senza lasciarsi influenzare da nessuno dei nomi più importanti. La chitarra ed il pianoforte seguono una loro via tangenziale a tutto, anche quando fanno un blues, qui il Blues for Giuseppino, oppure una ballad come Barbara and Blaise o ancora un brano come Quando amavamo l’America che sembra arrivare dal mondo della musica pop. Somiglia di Luciano Troja si avvicina agli standard ed al jazz più mainstream, se non fosse per la chitarra che intraprende il dialogo con il suo punto di vista al di fuori degli schemi. Natural Wisdom è un altro brano convincente dell´album, molto lirico ed ispirato nel dialogo dei due. Village Flowers è un tema scritto per raccontare una passeggiata tra i fiori del Greenwich Village, dallo svolgimento che va sul mainstream jazz odierno, piuttosto vicino al mondo degli standards. L´ultimo brano in scaletta, Caserta è stato scritto in una chiesa nell´omonima città, prima di un concerto. La loro musica prende spunto da tanti eventi e fatti intorno per trovare fonti di ispirazione, ma poi, quando prende forma, diventa un qualcosa di autonomo da tutto, che è la qualità che hanno i veri jazzisti. Vittorio lo Conte. http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=22796

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Their third CD in duo arrives on Slam Productions, the worthy UK label. It di Giancarlo Mazzù Luciano Troja on guitar and piano. After the etching live in USA dedicated to standards, made in their own way, and the trio with the American saxophonist Blaise Siwula now present themselves with their compositions. It is an original music in the conduct and look at the tradition of jazz while taking shape but that acquires its own dimension difficult to classify within a genre. Even within what is the Italian jazz in its facets the two maintain a profile quite independently, without being influenced by any of the top names. Guitar and piano follow them via a bypass to everything, even when they do a blues, here Blues for Giuseppino, or a ballad like Barbara and Blaise or even a song like When loved America that seems to come from the world of pop music . It resembles Luciano Troja approaches to jazz standards and more mainstream, if not for the guitar that undertakes dialogue with his point of view outside the box. Natural Wisdom is another compelling piece of the album, very lyrical and inspired in the dialogue of the two. Village Flowers is a theme written to tell a stroll among the flowers of Greenwich Village, from the performance that goes on mainstream jazz today, quite close to the world standards. The last piece in the line-up, Caserta was written in a church in the town by, before a concert. Their music is inspired by the many events and facts around to find sources of inspiration, but then, when it takes shape, becomes something independent from everything, that is the quality that the real jazz musicians.

 

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