His lyrical interpretations keep Rosario Giuliani on the sunny side throughout this latest session. His quartet’s dramatic, modern mainstream drive and flowing ballad poise combine to create a program balanced in all ways. Giuliani’s tight accompaniment wraps it all up in one neat package. From Italy’s central region, just south of Rome, the saxophonist studied at L. Refice Conservatory of Music in Frosinone. In his early twenties, Giuliani joined the European Jazz Orchestra. A handful of recordings as leader has followed; each moving in the direction of modern jazz saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean and Wayne Shorter. Rosario Giuliani swings “Monsieur F.D.” in the manner of Cannonball Adderley. His natural affinity for lyrical ballads warms the heart. Walking bass, swirling brushes, and a complementary pianist paint pastoral scenes. Giuliani contrasts that with a blistering adventure on “Mimi,” his original piece designed to stir the emotions from an opposing direction. On this daring, straight-ahead romp, the foursome churns with serious designs. Highly recommended, Mr. Dodo offers modern mainstream variety from a superb quartet. Saxophonist Giuliani plays a major role in the worldwide campaign to keep jazz growing by leaps and bounds.
Track Listing: Mr. Dodo; September; Home; By Night Forever; The Blessing; Francy
Personnel: Rosario Giuliani- alto saxophone, soprano saxophone on
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.