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Norberto Tamburrino: Lovely Tunes

Read "Lovely Tunes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Italian-born pianist and composer Norberto Tamburrino has always had an affinity for a primarily solo performance. Two prior albums, Deco (Splasc(h) Records, 2006) and Prisoner of the Sea (Arabesque Records, 2007), were half or mostly solo sets, while Ascoltabile Piano & Atmosphere (Art Notes Records, 2010) is an entirely solo performance of original modern compositions. With Lovely Tunes Tamburrino sticks to this successful formula playing solo for half of the album and sharing the music with bassist Francesco Mariella on ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Solo and Ensemble

Read "Norberto Tamburrino: Solo and Ensemble" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Norberto Tamburrino is based in the sunny climes of southern Italy, but his jazz influences come for the most part from the thriving US scene of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He's happy to credit Bud Powell, Hank Jones, Lennie Tristano and Art Tatum as influences, but above all it's the influence of Thelonious Monk that comes across most clearly in Tamburrino's playing. Indeed, his 2009 album Reflection(s) On Monk (Philology Jazz) was clearly influenced by, as well as ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Reflection(s) On Monk

Read "Reflection(s) On Monk" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Reflection(s) On Monk took over four years to record: five tracks were recorded in Italy between August, 2004 and March, 2008 and four in New York in November, 2008. The result is a well-crafted album, featuring some excellent playing from pianist Norberto Tamburrino and the other musicians. The opening “The Room of Illumination" works its way through a series of musical styles, each clearly differentiated from the other by drummer Bruce Cox's changing patterns. The introductory slow ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea

Read "Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

On his sophomore effort Prigioniero del Mare / Prisoner of The Sea, Italian pianist Norberto Tamburrino continues to chart his course through a host of original compositions. Although he tests the waters with more trio arrangements than on his preceding album, Deco (Splasc(H), 2006), his greatest strength continues to lie in his solo work. The album opens with original songs--two takes of the title track with J.D. Allen on tenor, and four other compositions set for trio. ...

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Norberto Tamburrino: Deco

Read "Deco" reviewed by John Barron

Italian pianist Norberto Tamburrino performs a mostly-solo set of his own compositions on Deco; a heartfelt representation of the pianist's passion for swinging, lyrical jazz. Tamburrino's piano playing, heavily influenced by Thelonious Monk, is ripe with percussive clatter and arpeggiated flourishes. Indeed, the inclusion of Monk's overlooked ballad “We See" demonstrates Tamburrino's thorough understanding of the familiar nuances associated with the late pianist. The opening title track, a duet with trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and Horace Silver's “A Lonely ...


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