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Fabio Morgera and Turbulence at Fat Cat

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Fabio Morgera and TurbulenceFat CatNew York, New York The trumpeter and composer Fabio Morgera brought warmth to a genre better known for being cool, as he led his “freejazzfunk" band, Turbulence, through hushed moments and energetic surges of music. His music was upbeat and daring--the kind of music that doesn't want to be kept up with. Jazz often feels like a thing of the past, something delicate that cultured New Yorkers occasionally dust off to admire, something you need knowledge and money to enjoy. But at Fat Cat, the West Village venue where Morgera ...

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Fabio Morgera: Neapolitan Heart

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Trumpeter/producer Fabio Morgera's first album release was Take One (Red Records) in 1988. Hailing from Naples and in 2010 a New York City resident, Morgera recorded several notable collections in the 1990s and 2000s. As a leader Slick (Red Records, 1999) and Colors (Red Records, 2002); as a sideman J.D. Allen's In Search Of (Red Records, 1999); and with the Red Stars collective Red Stars (Red Records, 2004). Morgera also produced In Search Of and Pablo Bobrowicky's New York Connections (Red Records, 2005).

Employing a nominal septet, Morgera produces less of a “little big band" sound and more of a ...

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Victor Lewis/J.D. Allen/Fabio Morgera: Red Stars

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The leaders of this excellent album all record for the Italian Red Records label, hence the title, Red Stars. However, the album is essentially Fabio Morgera's conception. He produced it, and it was his idea to merge straight-ahead, swinging jazz with some electronic elements, and on Eric Lewis' tune “Jennifer," a pronounced backbeat. Those purists who insist on limiting jazz only to acoustic instruments probably aren't going to like Morgera's electronically altered trumpet, but other listeners should dig the great music that resonates throughout Red Stars.

Morgera uses an octave divider and an echo device on his horn, which gives ...

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Fabio Morgera: Colors

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Faaaaaaabio has a chromatic fantasy...

Fabio Morgera released his Red Records' debut, Slick , in 1999. That recording boasted a fully formed brass style for the trumpeter/flugelhornist. On that recording, Morgera directed a little-big band and he has continued that trend on his new Red Records' release, Colors. Colors is very much a concept album filled with tasty post bop and contemporary pieces, all composed, arranged, and performed at the highest level. Morgera's tone and attack have broadened and his compositional skills sharpened. This thoughtful professionalism is also reflected in Morgera's choice of sidemen. Steve Turre provides trombone support, while ...

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Fabio Morgera (Red Records: Slick

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Fab-ba-ba-ba-bio!. Slick is a brand-spanking new release from Sergio Veschi’s Red Records. It is a disc in keeping with both his goals of capturing only the top-drawer of jazz and documenting Italian jazz musicians. Fabio Morgera is a talented trumpeter/flugelhornist who has assembled an exceptional medium sized group of his fellow countrymen. Morgera and his group play a smart accessible brand of Hard/Post Bop that is full of life and invention whether an up-beat barn-burning blues or an ethereal, smoldering ballad.

Little-Big Band. Morgera drives a septet that includes a tenor saxophone (J.D. Allen), trombone (Jason Jackson), vibes (Bill Ware), ...



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