Francesco Maccianti’s new solo effort is an intelligent and uplifting album, rooted in the best of the classic post-bop tradition. Occasionally, the pianist pays his dues to Keith Jarrett’s Atlantic years and, often, to McCoy Tyner’s mid-1960 s dates. But Oasi bears all the classy signs of a hard-working quartet exploring the moody grooves and swing that Maccianti’s forthright piano style affords.
Maccianti ( b. 1956) surrounds himself with the world-class support of Lello Pareti on bass and Walter Paoli on drums and tops it off with Pietro Tonolo’s perfectly-focused sax playing. The four explore a great melodic sensibility and invest in strong interplay here, particularly during "Love For Sale." But Oasi ’s best moments are Maccianti’s originals: "Piramidi," a geometric mix of theme and feeling that’s never wronged by its bittersweetness and "Cristalli Mulatti," an intriguing study of crisis, built simply from a solo piano, then resolved among the group’s melodic sensitivity.
Like a storyteller, Maccianti informs as he instructs, and entertains as he educates. Indeed, Maccianti was my own piano teacher twenty-some years ago and the one, I’m grateful to say, who introduced me to jazz. Today, he is considered a leading figure in contemporary Italian jazz, a well-respected artist and often quoted as one of the best contemporary " young " Italian talents. Oasi proves that he is all this and more. A fine album that leaves one hoping for more...soon!
Track Listing: Oasi (Francesco Maccianti ); Il Mare Placato (Francesco Maccianti ); Love For Sale ( Cole Porter); So in Love (Cole Porter); What Is ? ( Pietro Tonolo ); The Nearness Of You ( Washington--Carmichael ); Piramidi ( Francesco Maccianti ); Cristalli Mulatti ( Francesco Maccianti );You And The Night And The Music ( Schawarz--Dietz ); Eu E A Brisa ( Johnny Alf ).
Personnel: Francesco Maccianti: piano; Walter Paoli – drums; Lello Pareti--acoustic bass; Pietro Tonolo--soprano and tenor sax; Fulvio Sisti--vocals ( 6 & 10 ).
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!