Angelo Mastronardi

Angelo Mastronardi

Instrument: Piano | Location: Bari

Rough Line is an eclectic record that showcases the different souls of Mastronardi: swing, jazz rock, love for virtuosity but also at the same time for simplicity, taste for experimentation and originality very well combined with the knowledge of tradition.
—Eugenio Mirti, JazzEspresso

Updated: June 1, 2022

Born: March 11, 1982

An eclectic pianist who combines the tradition of jazz with new languages, Angelo Mastronardi's compositions and his style in improvisation are recognized by critics since his debut in a piano trio in 2014. His works range from duo to big band and symphony orchestra.

Angelo Mastronardi is the producer and label manager of GleAM Records, an Independent Record label and music publisher based near Lecce (Italy). The label is specialized in jazz recordings, music for brands, film, TV and advertising. His published work includes:

Angelo Mastronardi Fakebook vol. 1 (2015 Four Edition)
Angelo Mastronardi Fakebook vol. 2 (2016 Four Edition)
Angelo Mastronardi Fakebook vol. 3 (2020 YCP Edition)
Piano Jazz Vol. 1 (2018 YCP Edition)
Piano Jazz Vol. 2 (2019 YCP Edition)
Piano Jazz Vol. 3 (2020 YCP Edition)
Tecnica Moderna per Pianoforte (2019 YCP Edition)
Southern Medicine - Arrangment for Septet (2019 YCP Edition)
Follow Me - Original Composition for Big Band (2020 YCP Edition)

Awards

Bollino Jazz Likes! 2014 per il disco LIKE AT THE BEGINNING
Bollino Jazz Likes! 2017 per il disco NEW THINGS, SAME WORDS
JAZZIT AWARDS 2021 MOBA among the best 100 album of Italian and International Jazz


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"Rough Line is Angelo Mastronardi’s third record as leader. The pianist from Puglia, also founder of the label that released the album, GleAM, is accompanied by Rogers Anning on double bass and Carmelo Miceli on drums. The record features eight tracks: six originals and new versions of the timeless classics “All The Things You Are” and “Oleo”. The album opens with “All In My Hands”. The rhythm, with a jazz rock flavor, supports the beautiful theme performed by the synth, effective and ingenious. The sounds are beautiful and the track explodes during the virtuoso piano solo. “Follow Me” is characterized by a nice groove and demonstrates the excellent interplay of the three musicians: Mastronardi plays fast and articulate lines, the rhythm supports lightly but flawlessly. Without a doubt it is a song that you will “follow” willingly! A moderate mood, more inspired by gospel and soul is that of “Everything I Need”, with the bass (the sound is reminiscent of Pastorius) playing the theme. An intriguing version of “All The Things You Are”, revised for keyboard only, follows. It is a song that again refers to the world of 70’s fusion and interpreted with great originality. Sounds of Nu Soul are those of “Away From The Scene”, which features the drums in the foreground, constantly struggling with rhythmic ambiguities (explicit and not). “Oleo” is interpreted with the taste of the acrobatic hard-bop of the 50s: particularly successful is the solo by Mastronardi, a true virtuoso of the piano, who amazes with ever new and different idea. The following is “7-Our” is perhaps the most fascinating track of the collection: the keyboard alone explores fascinating and personal worlds. Rough Line is an eclectic record that showcases the different souls of Mastronardi: swing, jazz rock, love for virtuosity but also at the same time for simplicity, taste for experimentation and originality very well combined with the knowledge of tradition. Eugenio Mirti - JazzEspresso 2021

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All in My Hands

From: Rough Line
By Angelo Mastronardi

New Things, Same words

From: New Things, Same words
By Angelo Mastronardi

Angelo Mastronardi Albums