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Luca Aquino: Italian Songbook

Read "Italian Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Given a stroke of sfortuna, trumpet players can encounter physically and psychologically debilitating facial injuries. Maladies such as embouchure overuse, lip muscle tears, trauma, dystonia and Bell's Palsy can disrupt or end careers. After a devastating bout with Bell's Palsy, obtaining the guidance of trumpet “Yoda," Bobby Shew, and undergoing a lengthy recovery, Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino has delivered Italian Songbook—an utterly brilliant and beautiful production. Aquino, fronting various-sized ensembles, offers a dozen sublime selections each emanating ...

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Luca Aquino: Aqustico vol 2

Read "Aqustico vol 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Luca Aquino is the kind of player who doesn't just look at or study an instrument, but at some point has to ask “and what else can it do?" His innate feel for the sound of the trumpet gives him a warm natural tone, though his career has included plenty of experimentation in processing its sound by other means as well--a fitting choice for someone equally interested in playing straightforward acoustic jazz or paying tribute to the Doors.

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Luca Aquino: OverDOORS

Read "OverDOORS" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Nearly fifty years after they burst onto the rock scene and into legend, The Doors, led by gone-too-soon rocker, Jim Morrison still resonate through the music world. However, oddly outside of their most successful hit, “Light My Fire," little of the group's repertoire has been explored by jazz artists. Italian jazz trumpeter and innovative sonic explorer, Luca Aquino has always had a special affection for the legendary group and, with this recording, moves the Doors' music into areas into which ...

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Luca Aquino: aQustico

Read "aQustico" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Based upon his recorded offerings to date, one might get the impression that Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino has legendary Italian explorers' roots in his musical DNA. While Columbus, Vespucci and others took sail over uncharted waters, Aquino (which translates as “little water") sets off yet again and delivers aural riches with aQustico. In this engaging and intimate effort, Aquino, backed by a superb group consisting of accordion with rhythm section, explores extended musical textures and sends up ...

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Luca Aquino: Chiaro

Read "Chiaro" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


With Chiaro trumpeter/composer Luca Aquino distinguishes himself as a creator/sound engineer extraordinaire. Following up on his Lunaria (EmArcy, 2009) and Icaro (EmArcy, 2010), Aquino again takes instruments in hand and integrates a beautifully lyrical, sensitive human musical approach within a dazzling and dizzying panoply of electronically generated textures and rhythms. Chiaro is an Italian word which can be translated as “clear." While the musical representations here are, at times, anything but, what is apparent is that Aquino ...

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Luca Aquino: Icaro Solo

Read "Icaro Solo" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


When he lived on Manhattan's Lower East side many years ago, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, when searching for a locale to practice without disturbing his neighbors, would venture up on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York to shed for hours on end. It provided him the necessary environment within which to expand his musical genius. It was all about freedom--to play, to develop, to explore. Italian jazz artist Luca Aquino has similarly taken the idea ...

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Luca Aquino: Lunaria

Read "Lunaria" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Not very long ago, there was an interesting best-selling fiction book entitled Einstein's Dreams (Random House, 1992). In it, author Alan Lightman depicted what might have been the unusual dreams of a young Albert Einstein as he developed his Relativity Theories. Each short chapter covered time/relativity-related dreams of places where time went in reverse, stood still, or looped a la the 1993 film Groundhog Day. Lunaria seems to send up what might be the wildly vivid, musical dreams made real ...


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