1 - Dorham's Epitaph, 1:40
2 - Monaco, 6:02
3 - None Shall Wander, 5:32
4 - Lotus Blossom, 6:01
5 - La Mesha, 5:46
6 - Jazz-classic, 6:09
7 - Sunset, 5:04
8 - Blues Elegante, 5:05
Tot. Time: 41:24
All compositions by Kenny Dorham
Lorenzo De Luca, sax
Martino De Franceschi, double bass
Marcello Abate, guitar
Marco Soldà, drums
88.2kHz / 24bit digital recording made at Magister Recording Area, Preganziol- Italy, on January 5, 2021
Production: VELUT LUNA
Executive Producer: Marco Lincetto
Balance recording engineer: Marco Lincetto
Pro Tools operator: Andrea Valfrè
Mix and Mastering engineer: Marco Lincetto
Photo: Marco Lincetto
Design and layout: L'Image
Questo disco si avvale anche del contributo economico del PROGETTO LPM, nato da un atto di mecenatismo privato e finalizzato a sostenere l'avvio all'attività professionale dei giovani eccellenti fra i laureandi e i laureati dai Conservatori Statali di Musica del Veneto.
Kenny Dorham (a differenza del quasi coetaneo Miles Davis) viene spesso inserito nella categoria dei musicisti sottovalutati, nonostante una carriera molto intensa; in effetti soprattutto nel suo ultimo periodo - è morto nel 1972 - non ha avuto vita facile.
Un aspetto che però caratterizza e nobilita la figura di KD (così viene chiamato dai jazzisti) è la sua attività di compositore: sono oltre la sessantina i brani da lui scritti, tutti interessanti, articolati e a volte molto lirici. Numerose sue composizioni sono entrate a far parte del repertorio jazzistico contemporaneo e questo CD ne è la prova.
L’energia e la creatività di Lorenzo, Marcello, Martino e Marco dimostrano come sia possibile dare una versione assolutamente contemporanea e non datata delle composizioni di KD rispettando pienamente l’idea originaria dell’autore. Lunga vita a KD!
Kenny Dorham (differently from his almost contemporary Miles Davis) is often enclosed in the category of the undervalued musicians, despite a really intensive career. Indeed, in particular in his latter period – he died in 1972 – his life has not been easy.
An aspect that characterises and dignifies KD (as he is called by jazz players) is his activity as a composer: there are more than sixty pieces he has written, all interesting, flowing and at times, particularly lyric. Many of his compositions have become part of the contemporary jazz repertoire and this CD is a demonstration of it.
Lorenzo, Marcello, Martino and Marco’s energy and creativity show as it is possible to give an absolutely contemporary version of KD’s works, without date, fully respecting the author’s original idea. Long live KD!
Quando ci è stato proposto di realizzare un omaggio alla musica di Kenny Dorham, abbiamo colto l’occasione con entusiasmo e curiosità. Il lavoro che ne è uscito è il prodotto delle nostre numerose esperienze come gruppo (condivise sia in ambito accademico sia artistico) e del nostro background musicale, dal quale abbiamo attinto nel reinterpretare un repertorio intriso di colori e suoni affascinanti. Di fatto, abbiamo scelto le composizioni più vicine alla nostra sensibilità, in alcuni casi deviando dall’idea originaria del trombettista.
Sonorità afrocentriche, reminiscenze blues e delicato lirismo trovano negli elementi tipici del bebop il loro denominatore comune, fornendoci un materiale ricco sul quale lavorare senza stravolgerne, di per sé, l'essenza. Affrontare un lavoro monografico su un autore prolifico come KD è stata un’opportunità stimolante: collaborare ad un progetto discografico in un periodo in cui gli incontri sono rari, ha rappresentato per noi una sfida, mettendoci alla prova nel realizzare un album che fosse il più fedele possibile a un’esecuzione dal vivo.
Lorenzo, Marcello, Marco, Martino
When we were suggested to perform a homage to Kenny Dorham’s music, we took the opportunity with both enthusiasm and curiosity. The result has been the result of our various experiences as a group (shared in both academic and artistic field) as well as of our musical background, from which we drew in the reinterpretation of a repertoire full of fascinating colours and sounds. As a matter of fact, we chose the pieces that were nearer to our sensitivity, a few times turning away from the trumpet player’s original idea.
Afrocentric sonorities, blues reminiscences and delicate lyrism find their common denominator in the typical elements of bebop, providing us with a rich material on which it is possible to work without upsetting its essence. Facing a monographic work on a prolific author such as KD has been a stimulating experience: contributing to a discographic project in a period when meetings are rare, has represented a challenge for us, making us test how to produce an album as close as possible to a live performance.
Lorenzo, Marcello, Marco, Martino
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.
Original compositions by Marco Strano, Alessandro Mozzi Marco Strano Ensemble: Marco Strano, saxophones / Alessandro Mozzi, piano / Franco Lion, double bass / Franco Dal Monego, drums / Maurizio Scomparin, Trumpet and fluegelhorn / Paolo Vidaich, percussions / Marta Bevilacqua, guitar / Paola Casula, vocal / Walter Ferrulli, rap 20 Bit Digital recording. Live in studio at Torresino Theatre (Padova, Italy). July, 1997 A first class fusion jazz production combined with a superlative inside design: this is the art-work of Marco Strano, a musician with a versatile personality -as the title of this CD suggests- who presents us with a record highlighted by his beautiful paintings and illustrations and filled with the fantastic notes of his saxophone.
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 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.
SING WITHOUT WORDS
Original composition by P.Birro, S.Maiore, K.Gregory, R.Dani Paolo Birro, grandpiano / kyle Gregory, trumpet and flugelhorn / Salvatore Maiore, doublebass / Roberto Dani, drums 24Bit / 96 kHz Digital Recording. Live in studio at Teatro Accademico, Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso, Italy) December, 2000 In this work Paolo Birro, Roberto Dani e Salvatore Maiore join the fabulous trumpet of the American Kyle Gregory to give birth to this fantastic creation. Pervaded with the realistic tones of nature, this CD was recorded below the suggestive frame of the eighteenth-century Academic Theatre of Castelfranco Veneto. The result is a delightful project where the firmest canons of the overseas jazz embraces the classical atmospheres of the place and the artists' own cultural background.