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Gianluigi Trovesi / Gianni Coscia: Frere Jacques - Round About Offenbach

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On their third duet album, the second dedicated to a single composer, clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi and accordionist Gianni Coscia use original compositions as launching pads for their improvisational forays. Paying homage to Jacques Offenbach, Trovesi and Coscia preserve the often-overlooked German/French composer's humorous spirit, laced with satire in their interpretation of his work. Many of the tracks have a playful dance theme, like the playful folk tune “Ah! Que les homes sont bêtes / Mon Dieu, mon ...

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Gianluigi Trovesi / Gianni Coscia: Frere Jacques - Round About Offenbach

Read "Frere Jacques - Round About Offenbach" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, more than half a decade has gone by since clarinetist GIanluigi Trovesi and accordionist Gianni Coscia last recorded. Round About Weill (ECM, 2005) represented a shift away from the broader compositional purview of In cerca di cibo (ECM, 2000), instead focusing more monolithically--albeit with the improvisational élan which has defined this partnership from its inception still intact--on misunderstood 20th century composer Kurt Weill. With Frère Jacques: Round About Offenbach , the Italian duo with one octogenarian (Coscia) and ...

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Gianluigi Trovesi All'Opera: Profumo Di Violetta

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Since joining up with ECM as a member of Italian Instabile Orchestra, responsible for 1995's Skies of Europe, reedman Gianluigi Trovesi has created a small but diverse body of work that has stretched the boundaries of composition and improvisation to include sources ranging from William C. Handy to Kurt Weill. Whether in duet with accordionist Gianni Coscia, his curiously configured Ottetto or the chamber trio responsible for the sublime Vaghissimo Ritratto (2007), a defining characteristic has been a fearless irreverence ...

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Gianluigi Trovesi: Vaghissimo Ritratto

Read "Vaghissimo Ritratto" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Gianluigi Trovesi's music features a mixture of styles that is the result of exposure to and reverence of European music, specifically Italian (both popular and classical) and American jazz. Fugace (ECM, 2003) stressed the jazz aspect, particularly its blues origins, as well as its collision with and effect on European music, specifically Italian popular music. Vaghissimo Ritratto, on the other hand, references much European music that is quite older (Monteverdi, Josquin Desprez, Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso and ...

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Gianluigi Trovesi: Vaghissimo Ritratto

Read "Vaghissimo Ritratto" reviewed by John Kelman

If “spontaneous composition," rather than the term “free improvisation," suggests the ability to collectively grab apparent form from the ether, then Italian woodwind multi-instrumentalist Gianluigi Trovesi's Vaghissimo Ritratto deserves to be cited as one of its clearest examples. Teamed with pianist Umberto Petrin, with whom Trovesi has worked in the Italian Instabile Orchestra, and percussionist Fulvio Maras, a member of Trovesi's octet responsible for the superb Fugace (ECM, 2003), this is intimate chamber improvisation of the highest order.

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Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianni Coscia: Round About Weill

Read "Round About Weill" reviewed by Chris May

In his liner notes to this album, philosopher/novelist Umberto Eco talks about Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia revisiting Kurt Weill “in a musical drowse dominated by an almost oneiric principle of contamination." As you do. In plain English, Eco is suggesting that Trovesi and Coscia have approached the music as if in an eclectic, stream of subconsciousness daydream, interweaving Weill's compositions with their own and those of other simpatico composers. And he's spot on. Trovesi and Coscia appear to be ...

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Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia: Round About Weill

Read "Round About Weill" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been five years since woodwind multi-instrumentalist Gianluigi Trovesi and accordionist Gianni Coscia made their ECM debut with In Cerca de Cibo. For their third duo album, Round About Weill, Trovesi- -once again sticking with clarinet--and Coscia step into a more singular concept. Whereas In Cerca de Cibo drew from sources as diverse as Italian folk music and pianist John Lewis, the latest effort celebrates the music of the often misunderstood 20th Century composer Kurt Weill. That ...


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