Jazzitalia - Press News: Italian Pianist Dado Moroni Set to Release Live in Beverly Hills CD/DVD on March 8 on Resonance Records (Features Marco Panascia and Peter Erskine)
versione italiana english version
Bookmark and Share Jazzitalia Facebook Page Jazzitalia Twitter Page Feed RSS by Jazzitalia - Press News Feed RSS by Jazzitalia - Last Updates
Click here to advertise on Jazzitalia

Live Interviews with the most important jazz musicians in collaboration with Radio SNJ
If you would like to collaborate with Jazzitalia, click here.....
Latest entries:

            BIANCHINI Filippo (sax)
            CARACCIOLO Stan (banjo)
            CUSA Francesco (drums)
            DEGANI Enrico (guitar)
            DI GENNARO Luigi (piano)
            DI LIBERTO Alessandro (piano)
            DI LUZIO Luca (chitarra)
            FUMO Marco (piano)
            INTUITION QUARTET (band)
            MECENERO Maurizio (guitar)
            MENZELLA Gianfranco (sax)
            PIOVESAN Sebastian (bass)
            RIZZO Maria Fausta (violin)
            SORGE Paolo (guitar)
            TONONI Guido (songwriter)
            VELLA Tony (piano)
            VESPO Tommaso (piano)
            VITOLO Lorenzo (piano)
News n. 3646 date: 01/06/2011 >> tutte le news...

DL Media

Resonance Logo

Italian Pianist Dado Moroni Set to Release Live in Beverly Hills CD/DVD on March 8 on Resonance Records


Moroni's Label Debut Features Marco Panascia and Peter Erskine

Italian pianist and composer Dado Moroni is revered on both sides of the Atlantic for his driving piano power and harmonic ingenuity. Now, with the release of his Resonance Records debut Live in Beverly Hills, the international jazz journeyman jumps to the very front of the improvised instrumental pack.

With a varied track list drawing from all corners of the jazz liturgy, the album showcases Moroni's swing-centric approach to the idiom. In an age of countless 'tribute' albums, the record is dedicated to a singular purpose - the glory of the groove. "To me, Jazz is a state of mind," Moroni says via phone from his home in Italy. "It's about love, and pulse and heart. And a commitment to groove. Great music has always been about that - from Lee Morgan to Stevie Wonder, it's that sense of freshness that inspires me."

Moroni was born and raised in Genoa, Italy, and took to jazz early. "My parents bought a piano for my sister, but she didn't show a lot of interest in it. When I came along, I was immediately taken with it from the age of three. My father was always playing jazz records in the house - people like Earl Hines, Fats Waller and Count Basie. I fell in love with those records, and started trying to imitate them on the piano. My mother, who played accordion, saw how interested I was in the instrument, and put me on her lap to explain the difference between major and minor chords. And that was the beginning!"

Originally self-taught, Moroni would heed the advice of a family friend and study piano formally, eventually gigging with local Italian, as well visiting American musicians. Unsure he'd be able to mount a successful career in music, Moroni actually enrolled in law school. But a chance encounter accompanying famed bebop trumpet pioneer Dizzy Gillespie would forever alter Moroni's musical path, with the elder jazz statesman telling him, 'Man, there are too many lawyers out there. You should play piano!' "That was the turning point," Moroni says. "I decided right there that I could make a living doing what I loved to do. So I took him seriously, and quit law school!"

Moroni's love for the jazz language is evident across all seven tracks of Live in Beverly Hills. The album opens with Moroni's fierce left-hand anchoring a sea of buoyant band interplay on his own "Ghanian Village," complete with Kenny Barron-esque piano proddings that recall the elder pianist's rhythmic renegade. "If I'm playing a song and I hear a sound that makes me think of someone like Kenny Barron, who I love and is one of my dearest friends, I say hello to him in the music," Moroni says. Other infectious album cuts include a metrically-modulating romp through famed Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis' "Django," as well as a Bossa Nova-infused take on "Where Is Love?" from the musical Oliver!

Moroni swings and surprises on the album's second half as well, with nods to both bassist (and sometime employer) Ron Carter on "Einbahnstrasse," as well as the sounds of Moroni's homeland on the traditional Sicilian song "Vitti Na Crozza." Moroni rounds out the set with two cunning originals, "Nose Off," and "Jamal," dedicated to piano pioneer Ahmad Jamal. "Ahmad is perfect," Moroni says. "He's like a jazz Picasso."

Dynamically recorded at Rising Jazz Stars in Beverly Hills, CA, Live in Beverly Hills features Moroni's deep-pocketed piano grooves resonating in near 3D clarity on a thunderous Fazioli grand. With empathetic ensemble work courtesy of rhythm section aces Marco Panascia and Peter Erskine, the album skillfully merges both ends of the recorded divide into an arresting aural affair. It's an album that thinks like a studio recording, but swings like a night out on the town. Live in Beverly Hills will also be available as a special-edition Blu-ray DVD, featuring the complete CD contents, as well as the bonus track "Just An Old Song."

Moroni was further energized by the kinetic atmosphere created by Klabin and Co. for the album's recording. "George actually filled the studio with chairs and had a jazz party," Moroni says. "It was an inspiring way to record. There's also a certain degree of spontaneity on the record, probably because I was trying to pay attention to what Peter Erskine was playing. Never having played with him before, I was actually enjoying him as much as I was playing with him. The same thing happened with Marco Panascia, because he's just a fantastic bassist. I was so thrilled to be playing with the two of them, I became totally absorbed in the music."

Moroni rose to international acclaim in both the United States and Europe, and has toured and recorded with legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and other jazz luminaries. Moroni also served as a juror for the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.

Beverly Hills may be better known for its celebrity sightings and postcard-perfect weather, than a propensity for crafting groove-centered jazz recordings. But with the release of Dado Moroni's electrifying new album Live In Beverly Hills, the case has been made that both he and this sun-drenched Los Angeles suburb were born with a backbeat.

Resonance Records RCD-1012 / March 8, 2011

For further information on this and other Resonance Records releases, visit www.ResonanceRecords.org

Resonance Records is a program of the Rising Jazz Stars Foundation,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

DL Media · (610) 667-0501
DL Media | 124 N Highland Ave | Bala Cynwyd | PA | 19004

Related Press News:

Terri Lyne Carrington's much anticipated. "The Mosaic Project" released (26/2011)
Cuban Pianist Harold López Nussa To Release The New Album "El País De Las Maravillas" (26/2011)
Mitch Winehouse Releases Debut Album "Rush Of Love", Available Now (18/2011)
Piano Virtuoso Michel Camilo dazzles with "Mano a Mano" (17/2011)
Canadian Vocalist Alex Pangman To Release Collection Of Popular Songs From 1933 (11/2011)
Pianist Monty Alexander bridges Jazz and Reggae to create 'One-Love' with new CD (02/2011)
Brazilian Saxophonist Ivo Perelman releases Dynamic Collection of Improvisations with New Quartet (12/2011)
Nea Jazz Master Randy Weston To Receive His Majesty King Mohammed Vi's Honor For His Lifelong Commitment To Morocco's Gnaoua Music Tradition (10/2011)
Kenny Garrett to receive Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree from Berklee College Of Music (01/2011)
Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2011 Jazz Awards Finalists. Awards Gala June 11 at City Winery in NYC (30/2011)
American Pianists Association announces Aaron Diehl as 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz (20/2011)
Jazz Treasure Barbara Carroll Celebrates 65 Year New York Love Affair On New Album, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (13/2011)
Michael Franti & Spearhead Replace Lenny Kravitz at Jas Labor Day Weekend Festival (13/2011)
PDX Jazz at The Mission Presents A New Monthly Jazz Series (02/2011)
PDX Jazz announces the screening of four jazz documentaries in the coming weeks. (01/2011)

Bookmark and Share Press News visited 280 times