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by Mark Corroto
All jazz trios are charged with the command to make it new," and very few accomplish that directive. Some impersonate the giants of jazz, while others play a parody--massacring styles in the name of modernizing the sound. Neither is the case for the trio known as ROPE. Pianist Fabrizio Puglisi, bassist Stefano Senni, and drummer Zeno De Rossi regenerate the music of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, W.C. Handy, John Lewis, and Bill Frisell with a vitality and passion for trio ...read more