mercoledì 28 ottobre 2009

Giorgio Azzolini - The Scicluna Street - CLE 21020

Giorgio Azzolini is known to have been part of the historic Basso & Valdambrini Quintet, who have brought the validity of the Italian jazz in the world.
Actually, you could "simply" define the bassist of all modern Italian jazz, for his constant presence and unusual musical vitality.
Giorgio Azzolini has gone through, in different configurations, from trio to big band, the whole history of jazz played in this country.

Between the historical musicians, he is one of the ones that best will be renewed, and has participated to grow Italian jazz, and carry him, finally, away from the emulation of American jazz.

Among his most important recordings I like to remember, apart this, "Tribute to Someone," with Franco Ambrosetti, Gato Barbieri and Dino Piana among others, "Crucial Moment" with Enrico Rava and Franco D'Andrea and "Giorgio Azzolini Big Band", recorded in 1971 for the DIRE Records.

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The Scicluna Street

Catalog#: CLE 21020
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at "Studio 7",
Milan on 1976

Giorgio Azzolini (bass),
Giancarlo Barigozzi (ten sax, soprano sax), Sergio Fanni (flgh),
Tullio De Piscopo (drums, perc), Sante Palumbo (p., el. p),
Franco D'Andrea (p on #A1, B1), Giancarlo Pillot (drums on #A2)


Side A

A1) The Scicluna Street - 5'15"
A2) Colori - 5'50"
A3) Bankok - 5'46"

Side B

B1) Spanish Portrait - 8'33"
B2) Blues Deflection - 10'15"

sabato 24 ottobre 2009

Guido Manusardi - Blue & New Things - CLE 21018

This first LP, recorded in 1975 by Guido Manusardi in piano solo, documents the great matrix of this jazz piano player and the particular choices of inspiration sources.

Despite that, for the incoherence that characterizes my country, Manusardi went on major international stages, where he received unanimous consent, before he could show his immense value and, at the same time, the limits of the public and the critics of Italian jazz.

Today, something has changed?


Born on December 3, 1935 in Chiavenna.
In his very early days Guido moves to Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark and, finally, ends up in Sweden where he lives for 5 years. It is in Stockholm that Guido meets the great Red Mitchell, with whom he will establish a deep friendship and musical collaboration.

In 1967 Guido moves to Bucharest and finally comes back to Italy after 7 years. His live album "Live recorded at the Lubiana Jazz Festival", wins the annual Italian "Premio della Critica Discografica". In 1977 his solo album 'Delirium' wins once again the same prize and Guido is recognized "Musician of the Year' and in October of the same year he is invited with his quartet al the Jamboree Jazz Festival In Varsavia.In July 1978 he his invited at the Montreux Jazz Festival: Guido is the first Italian Jazzman who participates at the festival.

Guido has performed and recorded with many jazz artists: Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Art Farmer, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Al Heath, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Red Mitchell, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Jerry Bergonzi, Victor Lewis, Billy Higgins, Cecil Payne, Shelly Manne, Booker Ervin, Joe Venuti, Curtis Fuller, Kay Winding, Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Joe Morello, Art Taylor, Hal Singer, Sture Nordin, Bjorne Alke, Lennart Aborg, Petur Ostlund Island, Zbigniew Namyslowsky, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen.

In July 2000 Guido was invited, from the Art Director of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), in Los Angeles to have a performance at the Museum with Billy Higgins and Trevor Ware and during his permanence in L.A. he played with Billy even at World Stage - Hot Spot and here he recorded a CD - Live at the Hot Spot.

Guido Manusardi is one of the few Italians lo be included by Leonard Feather in his "Jazz Encyclopedia".

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Bleu & New Things
Catalog#: CLE 21018
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded in Milan: 1975, May and June

Guido Manusardi (p)


Side A

A1) Song of the Cymbals – 4’22”
A2) Song for Valy – 3’19”
A3) Like Monk – 3’10”
A4) God Bless the Child – 5’07”
A5) About Something – 4’13”

Side B

B1) Capite de Fîn – 3’50”
B2) Prelude to a Kiss – 4’13”
B3) Joegi – 3’00”
B4) ‘Round About Midnight – 4’08”
B5) Country Dance – 5’00”

lunedì 19 ottobre 2009

Gianni Basso - HIT - CLE 21016

Gianni Basso can be unequivocally regarded as one of the most significant historical figures of Italian jazz.

His music shows how to play in the tradition, without ignoring the force of the evolution of jazz, and without rejecting the most advanced experiences free, as evidenced by the music of this LP, recorded at Milan on June 1975.

Listen "Bloom" and "LA VALLE DELL’AMORE," the two tracks of Bruno Tommaso present in both LPs, or "HECTOR’S HOUSE", a Ian Carr theme so loved him, and then tell me if this giant of jazz hasn’t reinvented everything, from avant-garde to the mainstream.

Another example of his great music is documented on "JAZZ A CONFRONTO 3", recorded in Rome two years before, available now at HORO Records blog.

Born in Asti in '31, his professional activity began in Belgium in 1946, with the militancy within the Raoul Falsan Big Band, where he distinguished as clarinetist and tenor sax.

At the same time as playing with different musicians in Europe and U.S., especially in Germany and Austria.In '50 Basso leaves the Falsan Orchestra and returns in Italy, where he founded along with Oscar Valdambrini, the prestigious "Basso-Valdambrini Quintet", a very special combo, leader of italian jazz for many years .

Mr GB with Oscar Valdambrini and Giorgio Azzolini
During his long and varied career, Gianni Basso has collaborated with extraordinary artists, the most representative of the jazz of all time, from Billie Holiday to Lionel Hampton, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Joe Venuti, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Zoot Sims, Buddy Colette, beyond to having an intense record activity, both as leader and as a sideman.
Of particular importance is the militancy located in some of the most prestigious international orchestras: as the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Clarke / Boland Francis, Thad Jones, Lalo Schifrin and more.
In the late '70s he founded the band Saxes Machine and subsequently fronted the Gianni Basso Big Band.

In his later years, he played with some of the rising stars of jazz, as Fabrizio Bosso and Andrea Pozza, recording his unique music for Philology, by Paolo Piangiarelli.

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Catalog#: CLE 21016
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Recorded: 1975, June 7th

Gianni Basso (tenor sax),
Renato Sellani (p), Dodo Goya (bass),
Tullio De Piscopo (drums), Giancarlo Pillot (drums added in #B4)


Side A

A1) La Valle Dell’Amore – 7’19”
A2) Easy Living – 5’03”
A3) Hector’s House – 7’53”

Side B

B1) Secret Love – 4’21”
B2) Hit – 5’34”
B3) My One and Only Love – 4’13”
B4) Bloom – 5’59”

giovedì 15 ottobre 2009

Bud Freeman, Lino Patruno & Milan College Jazz Society - CLE 21015

This first recording of the CAROSELLO Jazz from Italy, explains better than many words the values of this label.

This is the encounter between Lawrence “Bud” Freeman, one of the most important jazz tenor saxophonists of the Big Band era, that with own sound has influenced, and created, the Chicago Style of Jazz, and the Milan College Jazz Society, one of more famous italian band of traditional jazz.

In two tracks, there is another special guest, Wingy Manone, a New Orleans trumpeter, vocalist and composer.

Is only the first one of a long and beautiful series.

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Milan May 24th

Catalog#: CLE 21015
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Released: 1975

Bud Freeman (ten sax), Wingy Manone (tp, v),
Lino Patruno (g), Guido Manusardi, Renato Barzago (p),
Giorgio Alberti, Franco Tolomei (tp), Gianni Acocella (trne),
Bruno Longhi (cl), Paolo Tomelleri (ten sax), Carlo Bagnoli (bar sax),
Marco Ratti, Giancarlo Cinti (bass), Giancarlo Pillot, Ettore Remi (drums)


Side A

A1) Exactly Like You – 4’00”
A2) Just One of Those Things – 5’12”
A3) Sugar (That Sugar Baby O’Mine) – 4’20”
A4) Sweet Georgia Brown – 5’08”
A5) Jive at Five – 3’12”

Side B

B1) When You Are Smiling – 3’54”
B2) Early Morning Blues – 4’03”
B3) Wolverine Blues – 4’43”
B4) That’s a Plenty – 5’16”
B5) Tin Roof Blues – 5’01”

Freeman, Manusardi, Patruno, Ratti, Pillot
Freeman, Alberti, Acocella, Longhi, Bagnoli, Barzago, Patruno, Ratti, Pillot
Freeman, Tolomei, Alberti, Acocella, Longhi, Tomelleri, Bagnoli, Barzago, Patruno, Ratti, Pillot
Freeman, Tolomei, Alberti, Acocella, Longhi, Tomelleri, Bagnoli, Manusardi, Patruno, Ratti, Pillot
Manone, Acocella, Longhi, Tomelleri, Bagnoli, Barzago, Patruno, Cinti, Remi

giovedì 8 ottobre 2009

CAROSELLO - Jazz from Italy

Eddie Miller, Lino Patruno and the Milan College Jazz Society Live at Capolinea
The Jazz from Italy series, is a subsidiary label of CAROSELLO RECORDS, one of the historical labels of italian music.

This series, founded on 1974 under the artistic direction of Lino Patruno and Giancarlo Pillot, is created to recorder some encounter between the great american’s master of traditional jazz and the italian lovers of jazz revival, as document the records of Bud Freeman, Jimmy Mc Partland, Billy Butterfield or Eddie Miller with the Milan College Jazz Society.

This was the first idea of this series, but not the only one, because the Jazz from Italy produced also rare pearls of the italian jazz landscape, as the records of Gianni Basso, Sergio Fanni, Giorgio Azzolini, Eraldo Volonté, Guido Manusardi, Renato Sellani, Romano Mussolini and other great master or some between the first recordings by the young lions as Franco D’Andrea, Claudio Fasoli, Nino De Rose, Luigi Bonafede, Antonello Salis.

Also Umberto Cesàri recorded for this label, one of the greatest italian jazz piano players, forgotten too much hurry.

Detailed info:

1) CAROSELLO Jazz from Italy series (21000 series)
36 records, released from 1975 to 1981
catalog# from CLE 21015 to CLE 21051
recorded in Milan from 1974 to 1981 (except few date)
All records are a single sleeves cover, with same artwork, but different colours.
All the labels are blue with grey lettering.