album by the name of italian pianist
(released two years after the recording) represents the first step of a
continuous collaboration started in '97 between saxophonist Steve Grossman,
born in New York, and Memoli's trio, that since the second half of the
plays in Italy and abroad (Madrid, Barcellona, Paris, Antibes-Juan Les Pins,
Davos, New York etc.) with musicians such as Marco Tamburini, Pietro
Tonolo, Roberto Rossi, Piero
Odorici, Carlo Atti, Steve Sleagle, Tony Scott,
Eddie Henderson, Philip Harper, Jim Snidero, John Mosca,
Bob Sands, Kurt Weiss, Tom Kirkpatrick and others.
Mosca, a New York trombonist of italian origins, joined the group for
some concerts (the most recent in Summer 2001) and for this CD.
at the Chet Baker Club in Bologna – during daytime, and without audience
– "JAZZ"" presents some trio tunes, some in quartet with Grossman and the others
- five off twelve - with the whole quintet.
There are original compositions written by Memoli and Grossman; the
saxophonist wrote "Love
dedicated to the great late Sal Nistico, and "New
once recorded with Mc Coy Tyner.
Memoli's tunes are "Bud!",
a blues with a latin rhythm, the title-track "Jazz"
and "Light Walk", composed during one of his stays in New York.
The arrangement written by the pianist for "Blood
does not include any solos, while in "Ceora",
written by Lee Morgan, the original bossa-nova feel is transformed into a 5/4
time. Among the standards we find "I
Can't Get Started",
a showcase for Senni's double-bass, and "My
One and Only Love",
performed by Grossman’s quartet.
I've been lucky enough to hear Danilo
Memoli play, and the last time he performed with this band, starring
Grossman on saxophone and John Mosca on
Just like in that occasion, this album also
renders the "surgical" sound that Memoli is able to express through the piano:
keen, and of an extraordinarily harmonic pureness, that well matches the
occasional exuberance of the New York saxophonist. As for John Mosca and
the rhythm section, everything seems to work out well, also with the support of
Music, a lot of good music comes out of
this superb quintet, from "Take The D
Trane", where the leader improvises impeccably before Grossman's
explosion of sound, to a very smooth version of "I
Can't Get Started" or, a few tracks later, to "My One And Only Love".
nice tune is Memoli's "Bud!", where
the unhidden tribute to the great pianist is spontaneous, with a sparkling
melody and a fresh arrangement.
I hope to hear Danilo
Memoli again as soon as possible; in the meanwhile, let's enjoy
these seventy-one minutes of Great Jazz!"
dir. of "Jazz - Zoing" - May 2003
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