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Bechet Project

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Carlo Bagnoli (soprano sax)
Paolo Tomelleri (clarinet)
Rossano Sportiello (piano)
Massimo Caracca (drums)

The number of musicians and critics who consider Sidney Bechet one of the greatest clarinet players of the New Orleans' jazz, is just high! Anyway, Bechet almost gave up playing bis clarinet and devoted himself to the soprano saxophone, instrument he had judged as particularly suitable for his unrestrained personality; in fact, it is just by such instrument that he became one of the most significant exponent of the origin of jazz. By his soprano sax, Bechet developed a very personal and unusual language, characterized by the extraordinary passion he used to give the notes, from the vigorous and hectic "vibrato", to the capacity of using the soprano as a driving voice of the orchestra (he was even called the only "trumpeter without trumpet!"). Therefore, Sidney Bechet is unanimously considered as the greatest soloist of soprano sax in the history of traditional jazz and absolutely one of the leading ones.

Carlo Bagnoli and Paolo Tomelleri, two historical figures of the Italian jazz, at their ease in various jazz styles, by this fresh quartet wish to pay a tribute to a real master of both soprano sax and clarinet. Without any intention of imitating his styIe, habit rather common in France but devoid of the personal identity that any musician should always keep in any situation, Carlo and Paolo want to repropose some tunes typical of Bechet' s career, whether during the American period or during the French one when he was literally consecrated as "le Dieu". Said tunes that belong to the repertory of the traditional jazz, are added to the other tunes composed by Bechet himself (Dans les rues d' Antibes, Promenade aux Champs Elysèes, Moulin a cafè, Petite fleur, Passport to paradise and so on).

Contacts and Information:
Carlo Bagnoli
Via Archimede, 16
20129 Milano (Italy)
Tel. +393486037817
Fax: +39027381420
email: cbagnoli@tiscali.it

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