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Stefano Maltese (Musica Jazz: Open Letter to Mingus

Read "Open Letter to Mingus" reviewed by Ernesto De Pascale


Two decades following the death of Charles Mingus, his musical legacy is more alive than ever. Stefano Maltese's Open Music Orchestra adds its reflections with Open Letter To Mingus, a personal tribute to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. It is an exceptional appreciation and notable for the enduring strength of such Mingus conceptions as “Pithecantropus Erectus," “ Peggy 's Blue Skylight," “Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love," “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" and “Eclipse." Maltese's well-rehearsed and finely ...

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Stefano Maltese and Open Sound Ensemble: Living Alive

Read "Living Alive" reviewed by Robert Spencer


Stefano Maltese is an accomplished Italian saxophonist who recorded a marvelous album in 1995, Double Mirror, featuring the “free music" giants Evan Parker and Keith Tippett. This time around he takes up soprano sax, alto sax, and (in a new addition) bass clarinet, but the rest of the instrumentation is rather more unusual: he's joined by the formidable bassist Paul Rogers (credited here with playing a “5-string bass"), pianist Sophia Domancich, and the world-class percussionist Antonio Moncada, along with French ...

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Stefano Maltese Open Sound Ensemble: Living Alive

Read "Living Alive" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


“Living Alive” conveys heartfelt sentiment, depth and generous doses of free-improvisational dialogue; although, the compositions tend to be rhythmically structured and compositionally cohesive. Saxophonist Stefano Maltese and his “Open Sound Ensemble” create moody, dreamlike passages that often stimulate and divert the listener’s imagination which is noticeably evident on the opening cut, “Words-Two Colours”. At 19 minutes, “Words-Two Colours” finds Maltese and associates creating open soundscapes featuring gradually converging thematic statements and vivid pastiches of tonal sound coloration. Pianist Sophia Domancich ...

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Stefano Maltese as Sikilli Ensemble: Seven Tracks for Tomorrow

Read "Seven Tracks for Tomorrow" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From Europe in the ‘Seventies came two types of music, each labeled “progressive”. One kind described Yes and Genesis; this was later called “art rock”. The other utilized violins, woodwinds, and other things rarely used in pop vocals. These groups, with names like Art Zoyd, Henry Cow, and Univers Zero, are hardly famous, but their sound is remembered. Stefano Maltese takes many elements of this sound (shifting moods, stylized vocals), and adds jazz touches for a blend you will find ...


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