Improvising over Italian folk melodies, Quadro Nuevo has transformed popular songs into swinging affairs of the heart. Multi-instrumentalist Mulo Francel, guitarist Robert Wolf, acoustic bassist D.D. Lowka, and accordionist Andreas Hinterseher portray the vocal style that this music brought us during the last century. They're tearjerkers and happy celebrations. They're near and dear to the heart of people from many nations.
Francel's bass clarinet and the Pegasus String Quartet interpret "La Luna si Veste D'Argento" as a new world tango. Wolf's guitar blends with mandolin and tenor saxophone to forge "Chitarra Romana" into a lovely Italian theme filled with joyous memories. It makes you want to get up and dance. Generations are brought together by this fusion of traditional songs and contemporary jazz instrumentalists. While the mandolin and accordion do not usually evoke images of modern jazz, they're brought in here to ensure that tradition hasn't faded.
Francel's "Canzone della Strada" begins with accordion and bass in a swinging dance affair. As tenor saxophone and guitar are added, the music builds gradually in intensity. Passion overflows when Hinterseher steps forward with a spontaneous cadenza. Francel follows with a challenging solo chorus, and then Lowka turns on the hand-driven percussion afterburners. Presenting the image of flying feet, his natural rhythmic beats hammer the message clearly. It's a celebration that involves everyone and every part of your body.
"Firenze Sogna (Florence Dreams)" moves slow and sensual in waltz time with a clarinet and mandolin texture, while "Tarantella" rips you up and out of your chair with soprano saxophone, accordion, and upright bass leading the way. As guitar and cello join the celebration, the ensemble's path veers briefly, before returning to an all-out jam.
"Arrivederci Roma," because of its sentimental value, is performed in a sober and straightforward manner. Quadro Nuevo's interpretation will bring tears to your eyes. This is music for the soul. Music to clear out the clutter that has gathered these past decades. A return to the "good old days" by contemporary artists who use exemplary recording techniques can make anybody's day a whole lot brighter.
Track Listing: Roma Nun F
Personnel: Mulo Francel- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, C-Melody saxophone, clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet; Robert Wolf- guitar; D.D. Lowka- acoustic bass, percussion; Andreas Hinterseher, Heinz-Ludger Jeromin- accordion; Francesco Buzzurro- mandolin; Bruno Renzi- piano & vocal on "Arrivederci;" Pegasus String Quartet: Daniel Nodel, Andrea Karpinski- violin; Michaela Buchholz- viola; Hanno Simons- cello.
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.