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 soundstill 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 Italiana 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.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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