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Luca Aquino: aQustico

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Based upon his recorded offerings to date, one might get the impression that Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino has legendary Italian explorers' roots in his musical DNA. While Columbus, Vespucci and others took sail over uncharted waters, Aquino (which translates as “little water") sets off yet again and delivers aural riches with aQustico. In this engaging and intimate effort, Aquino, backed by a superb group consisting of accordion with rhythm section, explores extended musical textures and sends up an intriguing set of seven sonic portraits. Unlike some of his previous recordings, aQustico employs no electronic effects. This is ...

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Luca Aquino: Chiaro

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With Chiaro trumpeter/composer Luca Aquino distinguishes himself as a creator/sound engineer extraordinaire. Following up on his Lunaria (EmArcy, 2009) and Icaro (EmArcy, 2010), Aquino again takes instruments in hand and integrates a beautifully lyrical, sensitive human musical approach within a dazzling and dizzying panoply of electronically generated textures and rhythms. Chiaro is an Italian word which can be translated as “clear." While the musical representations here are, at times, anything but, what is apparent is that Aquino is masterful at melding his melodic acoustic creations with the doors of programmed sound that are opening and closing around ...

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Luca Aquino: Icaro Solo

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When he lived on Manhattan's Lower East side many years ago, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, when searching for a locale to practice without disturbing his neighbors, would venture up on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York to shed for hours on end. It provided him the necessary environment within which to expand his musical genius. It was all about freedom--to play, to develop, to explore. Italian jazz artist Luca Aquino has similarly taken the idea of external free solo creative improvisation, recording Icaro Solo live over a loop/playback/record device in Saint Augustine's Church, in Benevento, ...

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Luca Aquino: Lunaria

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Not very long ago, there was an interesting best-selling fiction book entitled Einstein's Dreams (Random House, 1992). In it, author Alan Lightman depicted what might have been the unusual dreams of a young Albert Einstein as he developed his Relativity Theories. Each short chapter covered time/relativity-related dreams of places where time went in reverse, stood still, or looped a la the 1993 film Groundhog Day. Lunaria seems to send up what might be the wildly vivid, musical dreams made real of outstanding Italian trumpeter and composer, Luca Acquino. This is an artistically fantastic CD--in the sense of fantasy and in ...



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