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Umberto Petrin / Pheeroan akLaaf Duo: Clusone, Italy, July 21, 2012

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Umberto Petrin / Pheeroan akLaff DuoClusone Jazz FestivalMons TheaterClusone, ItalyJuly 21, 2012A premier performance by the piano-drum duo of Umberto Petrin and Pheeroan akLaff opened the first set on Saturday night at the 32nd annual Clusone Jazz Festival near Bergamo, Italy. Their music provided much more than the stereotypical first meeting of two musicians from different countries. The two demonstrated a high level of creative spontaneity, a genuine ability to listen and respond to each other, and enough synchronized connections to add a positive coherency to their interactive explorations.Petrin is one ...

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Umberto Petrin (Splasc: Voir Loin

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Pianist, Umberto Petrin is known for his work with the widely acclaimed “Italian Instabile Orchestra,” while generally residing as one of Italy’s premier modern jazz pianists. Petrin once again attains a comfort zone performing alongside his longtime musical companions, bassist, Giovanni Maier, and drummer, Roberto Dani. Saxophonist, Assif Tsahar joins the group on two tracks, while poet, Milo De Angelis adds a narrative to one piece.

The group establishes a pattern from the onset of the opener titled, “Clair De Lune.” Here, we find Petrin investigating a potpourri of divergent themes in concert with the rhythm sections’ accelerating and/or reverberating ...

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Umberto Petrin - Tim Berne (Splasc: Ellissi

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Most jazz musicians aren’t always afforded the luxury of performing with pioneers such as saxophonists Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, and trumpeter Enrico Rava among others too numerous to cite here. And with Umberto Petrin’s new release titled, Ellissi the pianist/composer continues to align himself with laudable modern jazz talent as American saxophonist/composer Tim Berne along with drummer Roberto Dani and bassist Giovanni Maier combine forces for this most persuasive set consisting of Petrin original compositions.

The proceedings commence with two pieces titled, “Soggetti” and “SAMO” featuring Petrin, Maier and Dani working within the piano trio format as the band artfully ...



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