The Dino & Franco Piana Jazz Orchestra: Interplay for 20 (2003)
Nothing has changed here; all of the compositions and arrangements are Franco’s, and each of them is handsomely drawn and consistently rewarding, enhanced by expressive melodies, elaborate ensemble passages, rhythmic variety and plenty of blowing room. Speaking of which, the prowess of the soloists is clearly awesome. Dino plays valve trombone about as well as anyone (yes, I’ve heard Brookmeyer, McConnell, Enevoldsen and the other contenders) while Franco is a monster on flugel, sounding like a cross between Chet Baker and Conte Candoli (if Conte had played flugel instead of trumpet).
Special guest Fabrizio Bosso weighs in with persuasive statements on the suitably named “Go” (trumpet) and the last movement of the five-part suite “Interplay for 20” (flugel), complementing forceful commentary by pianist Stefano Sabatini, bassist Dario Rosciglione, drummer Pietro Iodice, trumpeters Claudio Corvini and Aldo Bassi, trombonists Enzo De Rosa, Massimo Pirone and special guest Roberto Rossi, and saxophonists Feruccio Corsi, Gianni Savelli, Giancarlo Maurino, Sandro Deidda and Franco Marinacci.
“Interplay” opens the album, its movements labeled simply “Slow,” “Medium,” “Slow,” “Fast” and “Medium.” Franco, Dino and pianist Sabatini are featured on the lovely ballad “For You,” which is followed by the sweeping “Four and Twelve,” sumptuous “Giuma,” snappy “Go,” spirited “All Friends” and shapely “Duality.” Dino sculpts each chart with the assurance and commitment of a master craftsman, and there’s never a lackluster moment in any of them.
At the risk of repeating myself, another strong contender for the annual Top 10 honors.
Contact: Pentaflowers, Via E. Nicolai 16, Rome, Italy. Phone +39 0635498458; fax +39 0635498094.
Track Listing: Suite Interplay for 20 (Slow / Medium / Slow / Fast / Medium); For You; Four and Twelve; Giuma; Go; All Friends; Duality (64:41).
Personnel: Dino Piana, co-leader, valve trombone; Franco Piana, co-leader, composer, arranger, conductor, flugelhorn; Fernando Brusco, Doriano Beltrane, Claudio Corvini, Aldo Bassi, Fabrizio Bosso (special guest on
Record Label: Pentaflowers
Style: Big Band