The demise of modern jazz has been greatly exaggerated. Countless musicians around the globe are contributing new chapters to the wonderfully complex idiom of composition and improvisation. One such example can be found in Open, the debut from drummer Tommaso Cappellato. His experience stretches from taking lessons with local drummers in Italy at 16; enrolling in the Drummers Collective in New York in 1996; studying with notables like Billy Hart, Jorge Rossy and Reggie Workman; and involvement in versatile works with Don Byron, the Vibes Trio ( with vibraphonist Bill Ware and bassist Brad Jones), and the hip hop band ...read more
Italian drummer and composer Tommaso Cappellato drives a strong and intelligent quartet on Open, his first album as leader, to create a rewarding and eclectic set of tunes that borrow innovatively from hip-hop, free jazz and funk. The album showcases Cappellato's writing talents as well as his percussion skills, while his choice of some exceptional fellow musicians--he formed the quartet in 2008--augurs well for his future as a bandleader. The album's first track, Nowhere, Now Here," finds Michael Blake's lyrical soprano sax taking the lead, whereas Open" sees him demonstrating a harder-edged tone--exciting, insistent and almost aggressive ...read more
Meet Tommaso Cappellato: Italian drummer and composer Tommaso Cappellato always strived to leave his mark as the founder and creator of numerous musical situations. His curiosity for different styles and continuous will for research led him to travel and explore various countries in the world to meet, learn from and collaborate with influential musical artists.
During his nine-year stay in New York Cappellato completed his education at the New School University where he studied with notable artists such as Richie Beirach, Michael Carvin, Joe Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Cranshaw, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis and Reggie Workman.read more