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Available in CD or in all digital stores EL PARTY BEGINS!  A cocktail of surf, twist and cha-cha-cha with a splash of exotica for today’s interpretation of that 60’s party sound.

The experience and developed synergy gained from years of playing together in the band The Good Fellas and in multiple other individual musical projects, have contributed to the freshness minimal-chic of the debut album of the trio Fabrais Casadei, Marco Bovi and Enrico Farnedi.

The twang of guitar mixed with the brash sound of the trumpet as well as the Farfisa organ competing with the drums and comical voices are inviting everyone to come and join the party. 

“Damas y Caballeros, el Party Begins!”

 

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Available in all the digital stores, ALCHEMY celebrates the meeting between the Italian double bass player Marco Marzola and the American saxophonist Sherman Irby. The album collects six tracks recorded in the studio for the occasion along with Nico Menci (piano) and Darrell Green (drums).

"Sherman is one of the greatest musicians I've had the pleasure of playing with. We met thanks to Bruce Forman and we were immediately in tune. We played a lot together after our first meeting and so we decided to celebrate our meeting recording some tracks together with the pianist Nico Menci and the drummer Darrell Green. We went to the recording studio without having any idea of ​​what we would do, with just a few messy notes on a piece of paper. As soon as we started playing, everyone felt the sensation of the magical atmosphere that was enveloping us ... The album could only be called ALCHEMY."

 

MARCO MARZOLA, sideman and band-leader, contrabassist, began his artistic training at the Conservatory of Ferrara and, captured by jazz at an early age, he moved to New York to deepen his studies with Barry Harris and Buster Williams. Today based in London, she continuously collaborates with musicians of the international jazz scene in Europe through Jazz Festival and Jazz Club. As a band-leader she has released several albums with the participation of acclaimed guests such as Ed Cherry, Steve Turre, Sherman Irby, Akua Dixon, Darrel Green, Dion Parson and others.

SHERMAN IRBY was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and found his calling to music at the age of 12. In high school, he played and recorded with gospel immortal James Cleveland. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a B. A. in Music Education. In 1991, he joined Johnny O’Neal’s Atlanta-based quintet. In 1994, he moved to New York City, then recorded his first two albums, Full Circle (1996) and Big Mama's Biscuits (1998), on Blue Note Records. Irby toured the U.S. and the Caribbean with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1995. During that tenure, he also recorded and toured with Marcus Roberts and was part of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program together with Roy Hargrove. After a four-year stint with Roy Hargrove, Irby focused on his own group, in addition to being a member of Elvin Jones' ensemble and Papo Vazquez's Pirates Troubadours. From 2003-2011, Irby was a regional director for JazzMasters Workshop, a mentoring program for young children. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for Jazz Camp West, and as an instructor for the Monterey Jazz Festival Band Camp. He was also a board member for several years for the CubaNOLA Collective. Irby formed Black Warrior Records and released Black Warrior, Faith, Organ Starter and Live at the Otto Club under the new label. Irby is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He first played with the orchestra from 1995 to 1997 and rejoined in 2005. Since rejoining , Irby, along with most members of the orchestra, has arranged much of the vast library of music that they have performed. He has also been commissioned to compose new works, including “Twilight Sounds”, and his Dante-inspired ballet, “Inferno”.
 

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NEW PROJECT ORCHESTRA presents L'AMERICA BAGNATA DAL MEDITERRANEO, a wonderful research work around the roots of jazz, written, directed and conducted by BRUNO TOMMASO.

Available in CD or in all digital stores, Also in HD format (48MHz-24bit) on Qobuz and on other platforms that provide this service.

A marvelous musical journey between the contaminations coming from Europe and the origins of American jazz. 80 minutes with a superb New Project Orchestra expertly directed by Bruno Tommaso.
An unpublished recording project recorded live at the Teatro Cristallo in Bolzano, Italy last June with Stefano Menato, Giuliana Beberi, Fiorenzo Zeni, Enrico Dallantonio, Giorgio Beberi, Paolo Trettel, Christian Stanchina, Gianluca Carollo, Emiliano Tamanini, Luigi Grata, Demetrio Bonvecchio, Hannes Mock, Valerio Terzan, Fabio Rossato, Roberto Spadoni, Michael Lösch, Stefano Colpi, Alessandro Ruocco.

The release of the album is accompanied by the publication of the video recording of the song "Amori al bivio" with the wonderful introduction of Fabio Rossato's accordion.

 

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Monday, 07 January 2019

ALMA SWING - OFFICIAL PLAYLIST

Available from Cose Sonore / Alman Music the monographic playlist of one of the most representative bands in Hot Jazz Gypsy Manouche.

Remarkable experience of musical research, Alma Swing follows a typical european tradition, which was (between the Thirties and the Forties, as still today) hot jazz. This genre was contaminated by the manouche culture of the North Europe gypsies, as well as by the parisian popular fashion and the afro-american swing craze. Apart from the US events, Alma Swing holds in the aesthetic bases of a string jazz with direct reference to Django Reinhardt's guitar style and Stéphane Grappelli's finesse. Those were certainly among the main heroes of french jazz. Thanks to a variety of program and show proposals, Alma Swing opens to the current time the most peculiar contents of this music, from the repertory and the executive procedures, carried out by means of  the typical set of instruments and the melting pot of jazz and gypsy idioms. According to a rétro orchestra silhouette and to an acoustic line up, where the typical manouche guitars and the fiddle are protagonists, Alma Swing plays with personality the suggestions of an age impressed in the vinyl and in the grammophons voices, remarking the contemporary wide success of music.

The band that has recently performed together with guitarist Bireli Lagrene will be in concert next Wednesday at Blue Note in Milan.

The official playlist collects all the tracks of the albums Rythme Futur, Django en Italie and the latest Gypsy Wanderlust made in collaboration with the Italian jazz guitarist Franco Cerri.

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SPHERE by New Project Orchestra & Roberto Spadoni feat. Fabrizio Bosso - Now also available in all digital stores.

The figure of American pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk has continued to grow bigger after his death in 1982 and the legacy he left behind is a monument in the history of the twentieth century arts. He is today one of the most studied, performed and replayed musicians in the jazz scene.

SPHERE was realized by New Project Orchestra as a tribute to the great artist in the thirtieth anniversary of the disappearance and revisits some pages of his extraordinary repertoire. The arrangements and the direction of Roberto Spadoni are developed starting from the piano performances of Monk, amplified then by the orchestral staff. Ten tracks signed by Monk are flanked by two original compositions born of ideas, fragments and ideas captured by his human and expressive universe. The project is enriched by the participation of the special guest Fabrizio Bosso.

  

Tracklist: I Mean You, Monk's Mood, Monk Ring, Little Rootie Tootie, Introspection, Epistrophy, Brilliant Corner, Crepuscule With Nellie, Ubi Minor, Major Cessat, Straight No Chaser, 'Round Midnight, Thelonious.

 

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The incredible concert of the Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea di Pino Jodice e Giuliana Soscia with the extraordinary participation of trumpeter Paolo Fresu is now also available on YouTube. You can find it on YouTube on our channel COSE SONORE. 80 minutes of Jazz of the highest level with original compositions and new arrangements made for this spectacular concert.

In the phlegraean heart of the creative and volcanic Naples was born the "Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea di Pino Jodice e Giuliana Soscia". The project MEGARIDE drew its inspiration from the former tuff islet that was the birthplace of the ancient Parthenope - now a peninsula. Naples is thus seen as the cultural center of the Mediterranean, a crossroads of wonderful and artistically insuperable encounters where jazz today represents an important and well-established reality.
 
The musicians involved are: Pino Jodice (conductor, compositions, arrangements and piano), Giuliana Soscia (conductor, compositions, arrangements and accordion), Paolo Fresu (compositions, trumpet, flugelhorn and live-electronic), Giovanni Imparato (percussions and vocal), Domenico Guastafierro (flute), Enzo Amazio (guitar), Alexandre Cerdà Belda (tuba), Luciano Bellico, Claudio Cardito, Gianluca Vigliar, Valerio Virzo, Nicola Rando (saxophones), Gianfranco Campagnoli, Lorenzo Federici, Fabio Renzullo, Pino Melfi, Umberto Paudice (trumpets), Alessandro Tedesco, Francesco Izzo, Pasquale Mosca, Michelangelo Grisi (trombones), Marco De Tilla (double bass and electric bass), Pietro Iodice (drums).
 
 
 
 
 

Available on CD and in all digital stores the wonderful dixie-jazz reinterpretation of the best Disney repertoire.

Even the TIGER DIXIE BAND wants to celebrate and pay homage to Mickey Mouse on the occasion of his 90th birthday. They do it in its own way, re-reading some of the most famous songs and melodies of Disney's legacy, starting right from "Mickey Mouse March". From "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "The Jungle Book", from "The Aristocats" to "Mery Poppins", the Band confronts this timeless sound, able to speak the language of Jazz with the very young people and, especially, shortening the distances between popular culture and art.

Jazz immediately comes to mind when speaking of the legacy of Walt Disney. Over one hundred years of audio-visual production by Disney in the Hollywood studios has left an indelible mark on listeners throughout the world. In both feature-length films and cartoons, Dixieland, swing and orchestral jazz have always been present, with film soundtracks building a new audience of young listeners, generating original compositions which have become standards in the jazz repertoire, and creating a recognisable genre in the recording industry. Among the most well known examples are the Disney-themed albums by Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz and Duke Ellington, indicative of a strongly forged link between Disney compositions and the styles and periods in jazz.  Tiger Dixie Band has expanded its repertoire to include this timeless musical tradition, balancing history and fantasy with a program that spans Disney productions old and new. In this way the group almost becomes a theatrical popular work, bringing jazz to new young audiences as well as reaching out to those who first encountered these tunes in their youth, and has created once again a winning musical combination of pop culture and art.

 

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Available on CD or in all the digital stores INFINITE SPACE, the new album by Pino Jodice Jazz Trio entirely inspired by the cosmos. 

The trio, with Pino Jodice (piano), Luca Pirozzi (double bass) and Pietro Iodice (drums), has over twenty years of activity and has worked all over the world also with musicians like Mike Stern, Kenny Wheeler, Michel Portal, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Scheneider, Bill Holmann, Nguyen Le, Dick Oatts, Tommy Smith,Paul Mc Candless, Dave Douglas, Frank Tiberi, George Garzone, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu and many other.

This album is dedicated to two of the most highly personalities in the scientific world: Stephen Hawking and Margherita Hack.
The album starts with the Apollo's 11 lift off... Come on board, close your eyes and observe the extraordinary show of the Cosmos!

 

 

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