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Roberto Bonati: Vesper and Silence

Read "Vesper and Silence" reviewed by John Kelman

Roberto Bonati may not be a name familiar to many jazz fans in North America, but at home in Italy and, increasingly, across Europe he has become a far more familiar face. Beyond inimitable talents as a double bassist, composer and conductor, Bonati has created a name both for himself and the northern Italian city of Parma for its far-reaching annual festival, ParmaFrontiere, first launched in 1996 and where he has remained Artistic Director ever since. ParmaFrontiere's name has gained ...

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Roberto Bonati: Nor Sea, nor Land, nor Salty Waves

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Italian composer and bassist is a master of the musical journey. Rêve de Jongleur (2000) with the ParmaFrontiere Orchestra took the listener along the pilgrim routes of medieval Europe that carried the song of the troubadour, as well as the faithful and goods to trade. A Silvery Silence--fragments from Moby Dick (2006) followed the whalers of 19th century Nantucket on their cruel hunt for the creature that would prove Ahab's nemesis. Now with the Bjergstad Jazz Ensemble, Bonati explores the ...

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Roberto Bonati: Macbeth and the Whale

Read "Roberto Bonati: Macbeth and the Whale" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Italian bassist-composer Robert Bonati is one of the most ambitious and literate composers in contemporary jazz. Between 2000-2006, he released four ground-breaking extended works with the ParmaFrontiere Orchestra. While they attracted notice in Italy, they seemed to pass by the wider jazz audience in Europe, North America and the Far East. If at one level, the issue was one of a lack of exposure, at another, the twin curses of conservatism and localism in jazz no doubt applied. The history ...

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Roberto Bonati and Diana Torto: Heureux Comme Avec Une Femme

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There are few musical things as exciting as a top-class vocalist fronting a full-on big band. Just a few. One of those is a top-class vocalist paired with a single, equally talented, instrumentalist. Heureux Comme Avec Une Femme provides that form of musical excitement courtesy of Italian double bassist and composer Roberto Bonati and vocalist Diana Torto.It's rare to hear a vocalist capable of the intensity that Torto can muster: rare, also, to hear the double bass played ...

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Roberto Bonati Trio: Bianco il vestito nel buio

Read "Bianco il vestito nel buio" reviewed by John Kelman

Spending considerable time as Artistic Director of Italy's creative ParmaFrontiere-- occurring in Parma each fall, a festival small in size but broad in scope--Roberto Bonati spends the rest of his time as a double bassist who, amongst other things, is one of GIanluigi Trovesi's top-calls, last heard with the Italian saxophonist/clarinetist's Ottetto on Fugace (ECM, 2003). Leading his own groups, more often than not Bonati writes for larger ensembles, specifically the ParmaFrontiere Orchestra that includes, amongst others, Siena-based pianist Stefano ...

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Roberto Bonati & ParmaJazz Frontiere Festival Orchestra, Schola Gregoriana F: Paer Choir: Le Reve Du Jongleur

Read "Le Reve Du Jongleur" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian Bassist/composer and conductor Roberto Bonati has performed with some of Europe’s finest modern jazz musicians along with Americans; saxophonist Dave Liebman, pianist Ritchie Bierach and many others. With his latest release, Le Reve Du Jongleur the artist conducts the “Parma Jazz Frontiere Festival Orchestra through a series of originals, and pieces composed during the Middle Ages. Bonati iterates his intentions in the liners: “The work, representing the Orchestra’s interpretation of the origins of Western music, was written with the ...


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