Beginner's State Of Mind

Artist: Paolo Porta

Date of Release: 23/02/2015

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 561

Label: SLAM

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Paolo Porta Trio
Paolo Porta : tenor sax
Alessandro Maiorino: bass
Alessandro Minetto: drums

The Paolo Porta Trio has worked together for over 20 years and now, we are very pleased to present their music on their first CD for SLAM. When musicians have opportunity to work together over longer periods the group perception and commonality of ideas is evident in the music; the ‘PP3’ is no exception.
The trio represents something different among the modern jazz Italian community. These three authentic musicians with a past studded with important collaborations show strong foundations in the jazz idiom and a deep knowledge of the tradition of this essential format, while living in the present and leaping over the boundaries of genres. Instead of the soloist-backed-by-the-rhythm-section type of hierarchy, everyone play an equal role and each one's individual ideas are mutually elaborated to convey a coherent sound. Paolo Porta 3 music flows in a dynamic synthesis of rhythms, lines and textures, in an intense, outright, impressive balance of composition and improvisation.
“Beginner’s State of Mind” (SLAMCD 561), the trio’s first release on SLAM, fits well in SLAM’s policy of preserving important developments in contemporary jazz.




15/02/2016 Rotcod Zzaj

As you’ll hear, this splendid trio (Paolo Porta : tenor sax; Alessandro Maiorino: bass; Alessandro Minetto: drums) is anything BUT in that state of mind… they’ve been playing together for over 20 years, so what you’ll be listening to is seasoned jazz veterans with both high talent and high energy! Mr. Minetto’s drums & percussion on the most appropriately titled “Soulful Drums” will get your blood flowing & put you right on in there with the rhythm of life! “Peace Keeping” gives you a wonderful sax intro from Alessandro’s tenor, then right after the one minute mark, the energy from the other players kicks in. My personal favorite of the ten tunes offered up is the down & funky “Round Trip“… these folks know how to wrap you up in their solid grooves & keep you there. I give this one a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information at the SLAM PRODUCTIONS label page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj


31/03/2015 George Harris

Still releasing exciting and explorative music, Slam Records exhibits freedom of musical expression like few other labels. Here are the latest two:
Paolo Porta leads the usually fiendishly difficult tenor sax trio with aplomb and style. He’s got a warm and furry tone, and uses it to his melodious best with the light on feet team of Alessandro Maiorino/b and Alessandro Minetto/dr. There’s a nimble bop feel on pieces such as “Freedom of Speech” and two Alessandros provide a nice foundation on “November.” The team gets a bit angular, but they stay coherent and cohesive on “Soulful Drums” and glow like fireflies on the ballad “That’ll Do.” Porta delivers a bel canto aria on the intro to “Round Trip” and the team slips into a rich groove on “Raincoat Blues.” Can’t say enough about this one!
George Harris http://www.jazzweekly.com/2015/04


23/03/2015 Robert Rusch

Also contemplative is PAOLO PORTA’s [ts], BEGINNER’S STATE OF MIND [Slam 561]. Porta for the most part stays in the mid range and at a relaxed tempo playing in an understated manner on nine originals and Randy Newman’s, “That’ll do”. The trio [Alessandro Maiorino-b, Alessandro Minetto-drm] works well together, bass and drum keep the themes buoyed and at the same time have their own conversation. There are times Porta reminds me of Frank Lowe, he is quite lyrical in his compositions, at times almost sounding like folk lullabies. A calming jazz postbop outing.
Robert Rusch Cadence April 2015


09/02/2015 sugar45

While the forms are rooted in traditional jazz song format,the harmonic and melodic approaches are quite original. The fresh and sometimes unconventional melodies set the context for a variety of improvisational approaches that include unexpected twists and occasionally a whimsical quality. Several of the composed melodies are quite catchy and memorable even for the uninitiated listener. All in all, in many ways, ”Beginner’s State of Mind” is an excellent collaborative effort by veterans musicians who are dedicated to their craft.
sugar45 http://www.breakaplate.com/index.php/slam-productions/


02/02/2015 Ken Cheetham

I haven't until now come across anything from Porta since I reviewed Deceptive Revolution in 2006, in which he played post-Parker on alto throughout, along with lots of references to hard-bop of the Blue Note 60s.

The album beginner's state of mind sees him elsewhere. This Italian trio has existed since 1993 and has collaborated regularly since then, although what have not changed are Porta's lucidity and the opulence of his phrasing. The album is entirely lyrical and Porta has a voice that is mostly sugar with a little acidic edge.

Paolo Porta plays saxophone, writes music, teaches, leads his own bands and has worked, played or recorded with many top rank musicians including Carla Bley, Steve Coleman, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Don Moye, Greg Osby, William Parker and Steve Swallow. He is highly sought after at home in Italy as well.

Alessandro Maiorino teaches electric and double bass. He studied classical music on bass before beginning to explore jazz and to establish himself in this scene and in different styles of jazz, playing with musicians as widely diverse as Steve Grossman, Billy Hart, Peter King and Enrico Rava. He works for both radio and TV and has toured extensively.

Alessandro Minetto is also highly thought of in Europe, again playing in a wide variety of musical genres and with big names such as Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, Peter King, Lee Konitz and Bud Shank, as well as touring with Steve Grossman. Minetto's drumming is particularly finely tinged and shaded, especially at the cymbals and offers an invigorating though fastidious counterpoint to Maiorino's tight bass lines.

The trio work closely together, their characters reciprocally balanced, so as to express an eloquently articulated soundscape.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views


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