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Meraviglioso

Artist: Alessandro D'Episcopo

Date of Release: 12/01/2007

Catalogue no: AS205

Label: Altrisuoni

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Latin Pendulum

2

 

In Walked Bud

3

 

Passione

4

 

Spaccanapoli

5

 

Canto Delle Lavandaie Del Vomero

6

 

The Run

7

 

Eronel

8

 

Silver Morning

9

 

Rhythmn A Ning

10

 

Meraviglioso

11

 

Ugly Beauty

 

 

 

 

"Meraviglioso"; "Wonderful", a beautiful Italian song - a hymn to life composed by the great singer/composer Domenico Modugno - is the title of my new CD.
On this CD you will also find two other tunes from the Italian/Neapolitan musical tradition: "Passione", a touching love song and "Canto Delle Lavandaie Del Vomero", a song from the thirteenth century about washerwomen who, for a living, washed the linen for the rich people which at the time lived in one of the best areas of Naples, called the "Vomero".
All the original compositions - "Spaccanapoli", "Latin Pendulum", and "Silver Morning" - have a very "Mediterranean" feeling in common. In contrast, "The Run" has a lot influence of Arabian music.
Thelonious Monk was and still is one of my favourite composers. By including four of his compositions into my album I pay a little tribute to this genious of jazz history.
Enough words now... enjoy the music!

 

Reviews

 

27/05/2007 Chris Spector, Midwest Record

CD Review: ALESSANDRO DEPISCOPO TRIO/Meraviglioso: Even with the world wide web at our fingertips, how often to we think about the Italian jazz scene when idly surfing for something to catch our fancy. If we were not spoon-fed, we certainly would have missed out on this piano trio that has a soft spot for Monk as well as some traditional Italian songs. A smart leader that has had a passion for jazz since his teens, DEpiscopo slips in a few of his own that fit the format nicely. Working in a classic piano trio mode, this gang knows the turf well, adds some new colors to the pallette and makes a set that hits these shores without hassles at Ellis Island. A great set to sit
back and dig just for the great vibes it throws out.

 

30/06/2006 George Gruntz

"Starting from the selection of songs this CD has fully met my taste"

The original compositions are executed with fantastic technical mastery; no note is unnecessary and a wide range of "touch" emerges.
Acutally too many pianists, even among the youngest, seen to depend on Bill Evans lyrics and dreaming touch; Bill has restored to jazz the true sound of piano with all its variety and, although we pianists like to expolre the more lyric aspect of the sound, it doesnt mean we have to forget all the possibilities that our instrument can offer.
Furthermore I got deeply impressed and moved by the three Italian/Neapolitan compositions, revisited and arranged by this trio: the world is already full of pieces created from many different peoples heart, so that its useless to strive after composing something new only to follow some stream, and consequent useless professional stress..
In the Thelonious Monks four tunes the Italian pianist explores a composer who has been - and hes very much again now, particularly lately - a great source of inspiration for me too; these are really sincere and original compositions, that have eternal value and strongly clash with the proliferation of senseless pieces that unfortunately may be found in the present-day jazz, which I often criticise.
An essential and exceptional creative contribution is supplied from the rhythmic section, with Hämi and Elmar, who stimulate, integrate and support the pianists work with a great concentration and wealth of ideas.
I congratulate the three musicians on this CD that in every moment charms you with its intensity. Bravo!

 

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