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Carlos Franzetti: Recordare

Read "Recordare" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


Often in order to move forward, we must first look back, seeking lessons in our failings as well as our successes. The English translation of Argentinian composer Carlos Franzetti's Recordare is “to remember." It would seem that during this trip to the studio, he has stuck his nose firmly in the past. With a career consisting mostly of successes, Franzetti's habit has always been to flavor his varied projects with his own personality and heritage. Though the pianist reserves a ...

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Carlos Franzetti / Allison Brewster Franzetti: Alborada

Read "Alborada" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Carlos Franzetti's versatility is one of his many virtues. Few artists could pull off a solo piano project like Mambo Tango (Sunnyside, 2009), and then turn right around and create such moving music for orchestra and piano. Fortunately, Franzetti has the talent, drive and discipline to match his ambitions and Alborada is the proof. Both Franzetti and his wife, Allison Brewster Franzetti, alternate between the podium and the piano bench throughout the album, and share a similar ...

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Carlos Franzetti and Allison Brewster Franzetti: Alborada

Read "Alborada" reviewed by Greg Simmons


With Alborada, pianists Carlos Franzetti and Allison Brewster-Franzetti, along with the City of Prague Philharmonic, have attempted an ambitious fusion of jazz and classical music that ventures far beyond simple orchestral arrangements as aural wallpaper. Third Stream--the blending of genres to create a hybrid of sorts--has been around, with varying degrees of success, for about fifty years. It's always been controversial, sometimes challenging, and occasionally just plain bad. There are some folks who still curse Charlie Parker for ...

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Carlos Franzetti: Mambo Tango

Read "Mambo Tango" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


If you are a virtuoso like Carlos Franzetti, there may be several ways to work a piano when performing a solo, or indeed performing solo on this grand instrument. But then again, if you are Carlos Franzetti you can use your God-given abilities to make the instrument come alive to the full range of its myriad melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities. So now the piano is not just a lead voice but a voice with symphonic possibilities. It can replicate ...


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