AAJ: Do you think we can speak of an Italian jazz school?
LT: I do not believe in an Italian jazz school, as demonstrated by the fact that everyone listens and is influenced by what happens abroad. I rather believe in a more melodically Italian style that is certainly very strong, but at this point we could talk not only about jazz, but of many Italian artists in all genres of music.
AAJ: Your album Touch (Schema, 2009) is a mix of different styles, ranging from jazz to Latin and Bossa nova. What inspired you to this album?
LT: Initially I was inspired by the legendary orchestra of Kenny Clarke
and their compositions, then as I worked the direction changed and in the end I put on the album also other things. I wanted to make a more attractive record from the point of view of its usability and its groove. I wanted to reach a wider audience and so it was. I also added "The Sky" which is a purely dance song, someone judged this choice as a provocation, and was right!
AAJ: Please tell me more about your recently released album Drumpet (Jando Music/ via Veneto Jazz, 2014), how did it come about?
LT: As you may have realized always the record is entirely performed in duo with drums and trumpet where there are several different moods and sounds ranging from free to more catchy themes written for this project. Before starting in the studio, I thought above all about the sound that I wanted to obtain for this record. I used a large drum set with a strong tune, with very sharp sounds, very tribal and to make this album I chose the most important recording studio that Rome has. The sound for this album has been considered a wide range of detail.
AAJ: How did you experience working with Bosso again?
LT: Making this album was very stimulating from the point of view of creativity, but also a quite difficult task which can only be accomplished with a partner like Bosso. He puts on show all that a trumpet can do, also making use of electronics, which in my opinion is used in a very smart way and as always is rather masterful. Fabrizio and I have done a lot together and the understanding that we have amongst each other is almost telepathic.
AAJ: What can we expect further from you this year?
LT: I will continue to perform with the Tranety trio, together with Filippini and Bulgarelli, and together with Luke Mannutza in the LUNAR duo. Obviously, I will continue collaborating with Fabrizio Bosso in the Drumpet duo. There will certainly be other collaborations with other sidemen. I see 2014 as very eventful, and meanwhile I'm starting to think about a new album.
AAJ How do you look back at your career right now?
LT: I'm satisfied! In time, I have met many wonderful people, and I've collaborated with talented and respected musicians, I have traveled the world. I consider myself a lucky person, and my enthusiasm and love for music has pushed me to do better. I hope to succeed.