There's such an abundance nowadays of great American alto players that it is easy, perhaps, to overlook an Italian player like Rosario Giuliani. The unevenness of his discography hasn't helped either. There's nothing uneven, however, about More Than Ever, as bracing a session of post-bop acoustic jazz as you're likely to hear this year. Giuliani's supported here by bassist Rémi Vignolo, drummer Benjamin Henocq, and either accordionist Richard Galliano or pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. (The latter two both play on the tension-charged, tango-inflected I Remember Astor, and both lay out on the sax epic Suite et Poursuite I, II, III and ...read more
Described as “one of Italy’s hidden treasures,” saxophonist Rosario Guiliani won’t remain a secret much longer if he continues to release albums like Mr. Dodo. Guiliani’s facility on both the soprano and alto saxophones has led to comparisons with Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter, and others who were accomplished on both instruments. Measuring his playing against that of other hornmen with long established reputations would be unfair; Guiliani is a fully mature artist with a unique voice. His music doesn’t recall the influence of specific players insomuch as it speaks of a thorough understanding and appreciation of styles and genres. His ...read more
Some of the best non-Charlie Parker Influenced Alto blowing...
The musicianship of Rosario Giuliani is exhilarating. His total package of performance, composition, and improvisation is not so much a breath of fresh air as it is a gale force wind blowing across a landscape littered with Charlie Parker/John Coltrane disciples. He has a confident, masculine tone that is at once assertive and tender, betraying bits of Julian Adderley and Eric Dolphy. The upbeat numbers, such as "Mr. Dodo," "September," and "Mimi" burn with a relaxed but determined urgency to express ideas. The ballads "Home" and "Francy’s Song" are thoughtful and ...read more
His lyrical interpretations keep Rosario Giuliani on the sunny side throughout this latest session. His quartet’s dramatic, modern mainstream drive and flowing ballad poise combine to create a program balanced in all ways. Giuliani’s tight accompaniment wraps it all up in one neat package. From Italy’s central region, just south of Rome, the saxophonist studied at L. Refice Conservatory of Music in Frosinone. In his early twenties, Giuliani joined the European Jazz Orchestra. A handful of recordings as leader has followed; each moving in the direction of modern jazz saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean and Wayne ...read more
Alto saxophonists are usually compared to Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, or another widely-known artist who's been identified with that instrument. It's the luggage they carry with them everywhere. Rosario Giuliani, however, has his own voice and needn't be linked. He carries himself lightly for some themes; powerfully heavy for others. Giuliani's tone carries a bit of grit in it. He releases seamless phrases that reflect a singer's mindset. With a half dozen recordings under his belt, he's been able to find his muse. With his quartet, the saxophonist seems at ease. Giuliani has expressed his ideas ...read more