Take Five With Bob Albanese
It was picked up by Zoho music label aka producer Jochen Becker and is now in world distribution. It has made it to the JazzWeek charts and is my first official release to have made it to WBGO Jazz 88 radio Newark, N.J. (my home town--- my grandmother had a restaurant, Mama Lucia's Home Style Italian Restaurant, on Bloomfield Ave. for 40 years).
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Oscar Peterson Night Train, Jimmy Smith Home Cooking, Miles Davis Bitches Brew.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
A fresh approach to the mainstream.
Did you know...
Newark, N.J. is my home townmy father played trumpet in the house band at the Adams Theatre, also played with Charlie Spivak (once). My grandmother had a restaurant, , on Bloomfield Ave. for over 40 years.
CDs you are listening to now:
Michel Colombier Old Fool Back on Earth.
Desert Island picks:
Bill Evans, Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Riverside);
Clare Fischer, Salsa Picante (out of print);
Miles Davis, Seven Steps to Heaven (Columbia);
Egberto Gismonti with Nana Vasconcelos, Danca Das Cabecas (ECM);
Stevie Wonder, Innervisions (Motown).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Fertile but often unyielding to the present times. The zeitgeist is present but rarely acknowledged and broadcasted. Jazz education is overrun by politics and is far too ensconced in the agenda of a few.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Openness, public awareness, encouraging of longer attention spans, embracing world cultures and nurturing originality and talent.
What is in the near future?
Solo piano project. small band (quintet, sextet, and up). Cafe Sympatico Large Ensemble.
A husband, father.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
A chef, author, photographer, artist.