Lucia Minetti, voice Pietro Ballestrero, guitar Stefano Profeta, double bass Production: VELUT LUNA Executive producer: Marco Lincetto Recording, mix and mastering engineer: Marco Lincetto Cover photo: Massimo Forchino Inside photos: Marco Lincetto Design and layout: L'Image The recording was made direct to stereo master, strictly live-in-studio, during only one session at MagisterArea Studios, Main Hall, Preganziol, Italy, on September 23rd, 2017 THIS IS A PURE AUDIOPHILE RECORDING: during the recording of the digital HD PCM 88.2kHz/24bit master and the contemporary analog master and the subsequent transfer to disc, the entire audio chain was trasformerless. The signal was not passed through any processing device (no compression, no equalization and no corrective editing) at any step during production. Musical Notes by Lucia Minetti Over the years, I have sung and loved many repertoires, exploring different worlds, from Fado to Brazilian music, from French "chanson" to Jazz. From the time of my album "Elle" published in 2003 and produced with my music mentor Giorgio Gaslini, this is the first work entirely devoted to the standards of the great American songbook. This is for me a sort of return to the heart of what has always been the main reference point of my artistical path. Jazz can represent for a musician a particular way to relate to art, a desire for freedom, a wish to experience new emotions, to dare while singing and playing. I share this particular feeling with Stefano and Pietro and this is the reason why we decided to call this project "jazz Nature". A natural way to make jazz that becomes immediately the key to play and sing a vast repertoire of songs from the 1930s to the 1970s. Marco Lincetto immediately grasped the mood of this research and proposed us a live studio recording mode that enhances the features of our "natural" approach as well as the extraordinary technical qualities of audio recording. We have accepted with great enthusiasm this challenge, and lived together an incredible experience, two days during which the music was played, sung, listened and recorded with the same tension and emotional intensity one can feel only during best concerts. Lucia Minetti
Original compositions by Massimo Salvagnini and American Standards Massimo Salvagnini, saxophone Paolo Birro, piano 20 Bit Digital recording. Live in studio at Pollini Auditorium, Padova, Italy. January - April ,1995 This work in duet, recorded partly in private houses and partly in a big empty auditorium, has an echo that endows the music with a particular tone and emphasizes the encounter of these two musicians, deepened into jazz notes and a brilliant improvisation, surrounded by a romantic atmosphere. First work edited by Velut Luna, a special tribute to Radu Lidijenko, Rumanian philosopher and man of letters.
JUMPIN' WITH METRONOMES
Traditional Italian and American standard from swing era The Metronomes: Francesco Michielin, vocal / Carlo Piccoli, piano / Stefano Fedato, drums Special Guest: Massimo Salvagnini, tenor saxophone 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at "Tocai Pub", "Osteria Due Spade" (Treviso). Novembre 1996 - March 1997 This record presents a series of famous numbers of the most important American ball orchestras of between the 20s and the 50s, including a tribute to the great Fred Buscaglione. All the songs are executed by an unusual trio consisting of piano, drum and voice along with the tenor saxophone of Massimo Salvagnini, who is a special guest on three tracks. Recorded at a small jazz club with no audience.
IMPROVVISAMENTE UN GIORNO TRA I MESI
Original compositions by Saverio Tasca, Franco D'Andrea Saverio Tasca, vibraphone and marimba / Franco D'Andrea, Grandpiano 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at Fondazione Musicale Masiero e Centanin, ArquÃ Petrarca (Italy). September, 1997 Franco D'Andrea is the most important jazz pianist of Italy, an artist who has left his mark on the last thirty years of Italian jazz. Saverio Tasca, a highly trained percussionist and teacher, whose incredible harmonic capabilities manage to give real life to a vibraphone and a marimba.
Classical standards from American songbook Michele Giacomazzi, guitars 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at Elena Amati garret room (Padova, Italy). January - March, 1998 Says Michele Giacomazzi about his record: "This work is a journey that has the taste of a homecoming. Allow me to explain: less than twenty years ago I had the chance to attend a concert where Philip Catherine and Larry Coryell played pieces by Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall. Later on I met Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrel.Then this golden list grew with the addition of Pat Metheny, George Benson, Robben Ford and many more. Without obviously forgetting Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Michel Petrucciani and Toots Thielemans." This record is intended as a tribute to all these great masters.
Original compositions by Paolo Birro and classical standards from American songbook Paolo Birro, grandpiano 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at Istituto La Montanina, Velo d'Astico (Vicenza, Italy). May, 1998 This work was recorded in the library of a wonderful nineteenth-century villa once home of the famous Italian writer Fogazzaro. The enchanting atmosphere of its pinewood and the delightful dawns can be felt throughout the recording. Paolo Birro caresses the keys of a magnificent Arthur Rubinstein's 1930 Steinway&Sons D 274 Grandpiano. Pieces by C.Porter, I.Berlin, Gershwin, J. Kern and others, with the addition of original works written by the pianist himself.
Original compositions by Mauro Negri, Simone Guiducci Mauro Negri, clarinets / Simone Guiducci, guitars / Fausto Beccalossi, accordion / Achille Succi, bass clarinet / Luigi Sabanelli, basson / Alan Farrington, vocal / Marco Remondini, cello / Andrea Lease, french horn / Carlo Cantini, violin 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at Teatreno (Mantova, Italy). May, 1998 Mauro Negri, clarinet, and Simone Guiducci, guitar, make up a close (harmonious) duet responsible for this project that revisits original jazz pieces whose origins can be found in the Italian tradition - "a borderline jazz..." writes Marco Cicogna on Audio Review - carried out with a different special guest (musician) playing in every piece. The list is enriched by the presence of clarinet, bass, violoncello, accordion, bassoon, horn and the voice, here used as an instrument.
Original compositions by Massimo Parente, Giancarlo Berlen, Benny Golson, Steve Swallow, Bill Evans The Trio: Massimo Parente, grandpiano / Giancarlo Berlen, drums / Pasquale Gadaleta, doublebass / Special Guests: Gaetano Guastamacchia, clarinet / Luigi Ciani, guitar / String Orchestra Tommaso Traetta, Vito Clemente, conductor. 20 Bit Digital Recording. Live in studio at Studio Cavalieri (Bari, Italy). July, 1998. A jazz classic trio, a great wind orchestra and a bunch of soloists (clarinet, guitar, violin, violoncello) get together, giving birth to a superb performance that ranges from the highest levels of standard American jazz to the original music that the two creators composed precisely for the project, to the traditional sounds of Puglia, homeland of the band. The result is a crossover of many different genres of music that, always keeping jazz as the leading inspiration, make their way through classic sound. NOT AVAILABLE
Original compositions by Sax Four Fun, William Tononi, Paolo Fresu, Bill Lee, Carla Bley, Paul F.Mitchell Sax Four Fun, saxophone quartet / Special guest: Pepito Ros, soprano sax 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Sala Polivalente Abano Terme (Padova, Italy). July, 1999 A band of four saxophonists. In this CD, their second, the band strengthen and ratify their style, achieving perfection in its form of expression, a warm groove in their fastest pieces and a bewitching dimension in the ballads. "... A collage where irony and calm join together in a flowing river of fantasy, ending up melting new kaleidoscopic structures that open up to pleasure and joy...", write the critic Vittorio Albani.
LEONI E ALTRI GATTI
Original compositions by Henning Sieverts, Pietro Tonolo, Roberto Dani Pietro Tonolo, saxophones / Henning Sieverts, doublebass and cello / Roberto Dani, drums and percussions 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Torresino Theatre (Padova, Italy). July, 1998 Henning Sieverts is a young but already well-known German jazzman, a cellist and a double bass player but, most of all, a long time friend of Pietro Tomolo. Their common passion and love for Venice is the seed from which the main suite of this record sprang up. The guest presence of the drummer Roberto Dani and his endless repertoire of rhythms and tones highlights the extraordinary quality of the recording, whose fascinating and warm sounds were achieved using 24 Bit technology in an empty small theatre of Padua.
Original compositions by Gianni Pirollo Gianni Pirollo, clarinet and alto clarinet / Luca Rossetti, piano / Beppe Gioacchini, percussions / Aldo Lucchini, doublebass 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Studio Papillons (Padova, Italy). February, 2000 This is how the authors describe their work: "Our music seeks clarity, melody, smoothness, an interior harmony that recalls the floating of the same planets to which in many pieces the Author refers. We can therefore assist to the melting of pure melody into an improvised paroxysm (Prisma) or to the centripetal whirling of a piece whose stillness hides a desire of escape towards outer worlds (Epicentro)..."
Original compositions by Oscar Del Barba Oscar del Barba, grandpiano / Mauro Negri, clarinets / Markus Stokhausen, trumpet and Fluegelhorn / Sara Michieletto, violin / Paolo Pasoli, viola / Nicola Boscaro, cello / Gianaldo Tatone, second violin 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Pollini Auditorium (Padova, Italy). March - April, 2000 The perfect synthesis of modern music mixed with echoes of jazz, brushes of classical music, tastes of ethnic music and bits of experimental music. Nine original pieces by Oscar del Barba, brilliant Italian pianist and composer. Special guest at the trumpet and the flugelhorn, Markus Stockhausen. All the sessions, which are spontaneous and extremely realistic, were recorded live in the studio at the Pollini Auditurium, Padua.
Standards from Italian and American Swing Age, '40 and '50 years. The Metronomes: Francesco Michielin, vocal / Carlo Piccoli, piano / Stefano Fedato, drums / Special Guests: Marco Strano, saxophones / Michele Giacomazzi, guitars / Marco Pasetto, soprano sax / Gianni Pirollo, clarinet / The Diapa Sons, chorus 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Studio Papillons (Padova, Italy). January, 2000 The Metronomes' bag of tricks is so profound that it includes a vast repertoire ranging from Italian songs of the 30s and 40s ( "Baciami Piccina, "Mille lire al mese", "Il giovanotto matto, written in 1940 by Lelio Luttazzi in his first twenties), to those of the following years ("Conosci mia cugina"), to American evergreens like Pennies from Heaven, Undecided, Cabaret and even includes modern pieces like Sermonette.