Pianist Arrigo Cappelletti's third album for UK-based Leo Records merges the best of many jazz propositions. With fellow Italians manning the frontline and the Norwegian rhythm section tendering sympathetic accompaniment, the musicians focus on melodic content, used as a vehicle for numerous song forms and extrapolations. Extremely tight and well-rehearsed, Cappelletti directs the quintet through knotty time signatures, spanning modern bop and sojourns into the free-zone. Other works combine softly woven horns, idiosyncratic thematic developments and motifs fashioned with controlled firepower. Each piece stands on its own, highlighting the leader's all-embracing approach to composition.
Cappelletti's guileful "Isafyordur 1" commences with bassist Adrian Myhr's edgy arco phrasings setting the stage for a sequence of flourishing thematic intervals, subsided by moments of restraint. The pianist subsequently aligns classical inferences with lush jazz phrasings but creates breathing room as the hornists intersect and provide shadings, while Cappelletti assumes a command and control role and builds a theme on a linear ostinato. Moreover, he delicately drives the momentum into a series of mini-motifs, casting an emotional roller coaster ride. Otherwise, Cappelletti's skillfully engineered arrangements caress numerous inferences of the jazz vernacular. It's an album that should not go unnoticed.
Personnel: Arrigo Cappelletti: piano; Giulio Martino: soprano and tenor saxophones; Sergio Orlandi: trumpet; Adrian Myhr: double bass; Tore Sandbakken: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.