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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

Francesco Martinelli By

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The well-known Brussels Big Band, a shining Belgian organization, has been invited to close the festivities playing arrangements by leader trumpeter Bert Joris of Enrico Pieranunzi's tunes with the maestro himself as a piano soloist. Faultless, spectacular playing by all concerned but I cannot say that Pieranunzi's book demonstrated a special affinity with the big band sound—still solo piano or one of his trios seem to me are more suitable vehicles. Pieranunzi was a genial host, presenting the compositions with humility and humor in fluent English but also in Italian—a very welcome change since I have the impression that the continuous English speaking by all international musicians was understood only up to a point by the Italian audience.

Four intense days full of music in beautiful settings with plenty of discoveries and some music for everyone's taste: you cannot ask much more than that to a festival, so let's applaud once again the conscientious efforts by director Dave Douglas and the support to such an event coming from the local institutions of Bergamo.

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