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What's in a name? Shakespeare had an answer to that one and so will those who listen to this album. Thenceforth, the mention of Edgardo "Dado" Moroni will no longer lead to a quizzically raised eyebrow.
Moroni has recorded well over 25 albums. The bulk of those were in Europe. Yet there were those in the know on the other side of the Atlantic, who hired him to play in their bands, among them Clark Terry, Tom Harrell and Lee Konitz. And it was not surprising either that when the first Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano competition was held in 1987, he was asked to be on the panel of judges.
What is it that makes Moroni wanted? Well, there are his harmonic skills. He dips into the beauty of the piano without haste, caressing the notes, opening them in gentle waves without sacrificing momentum. And when it comes down to it, he sure knows how to swing. A fine a outing as needs to be convincing, comes on Joe Henderson's "Out Of the Night" which he fills with a becoming allure.
Moroni also lends his interpretation to other standards; Ellington's "Black Beauty" is crafted to a nicety with lithe flexes and "Embraceable You" is imbued with deep yearning. Among the originals, the one that stands out is the jumping, effervescent tribute "Basie-Cally" where Joe Magnarelli mutes his trumpet to greater effect. Moroni knows where the pulse is.
Track Listing: Embraceable You; Ne-Ne; The Cup Bearers; Out Of the Night; Alone At Last; Seven Steps To Heaven; Bella Carolina; Basie-Cally; Ain't Misbehavin'; Black Beauty; Embraceable You
Personnel: Dado Moroni: Piano; Ira Coleman: Bass; Bill Goodwin: Drums; Joe Magnarelli: Trumpet and flugelhorn
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.