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Open Spaces

Label: Alfamusic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Open Spaces (Opening, Variation I,II, III); Dreaming; Sunshine; Sketch of Colours (I Movimento, II Movimento); Blue Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dino & Franco Piana Ensemble: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver esordito con Septet (AlfaMusic 2012) e confermato il suo valore nel successivo Seasons (AlfaMusic 2015), il medio organico di Franco e Dino Piana trova una nuova identità ampliando l'organico ai cinque archi della B.i.m. Orchestra. Le suggestioni cameristiche che impregnano qualche brano non mutano l'estetica di fondo ma al contrario esaltano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrico Pieranunzi: From Always to Now

Read "From Always to Now" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Forty-one years after its original release on a little known but quite active independent label from the '70s, Edi Pan, Alfa Music has recently reissued From Always to Now, one the most important records by pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi. From Always to Now represents the high point in the pianist's hard-bop phase, during which Pieranunzi's ...

Double Face

Label: Alfamusic
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bolivia #1 Killer Joe #2 The Princess #3 The Mouse #4 Peace #5 Serenity #6

Relendo Villa-Lobos

Label: Alfamusic
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bachianas Brasileiras no.2 (O trenzinho do Caipira); Cirandette; Bola e meia; Bachianas Brasileiras no.4 (Prelúdio - Cantiga do Caicó – Dança); Guia prático 8 (Carambola, Pobre cega); Suite populaire bresilienne (Mazurka-Choro); Bachianas brasileiras no. 5 (Aria, Cantilena); Choro no. 2; Canção do amor; Guia prático 8 (Pai Francisco, Xo! Passarinho); Por toda minha vida.

From Always to Now

Label: Alfamusic
Released: 2019
Track listing: Night Bird; Con Alma; A Silent Essence; Le cose come ti ritornano; Song for Edda; Poseidia; Oleo; Night Bird (bonus track).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonata Islands Quartet: Relendo Villa-Lobos

Read "Relendo Villa-Lobos" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Col gruppo “Sonata Island" il flautista Emilio Galante esplora da anni vari ambiti musicali, privilegiando l'incontro tra autori classici, jazz e musiche popolari. Non poteva quindi mancare un omaggio a Heitor Villa-Lobos, il maggior compositore brasiliano che agli inizi del Novecento suscitò vivaci polemiche per la sintesi tra musica colta europea e tradizioni folk della sua ...

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Gianfranco Menzella

Born in Matera in 1978, Gianfranco Menzella gained the degree in saxophone in 2000 at the Conservatory "E.Duni" in Matera, with Maestro Vito Soranno , getting the highest marks with honors. In 2004 he also gained the degree in jazz music at the Conservatory "T.Schipa" in Lecce, with Maestro Luigi Bubbico. He has taken part in several national and international contests, getting nine first prizes and three second prizes. He has played with:  Steve Grossman, Fabrizio Bosso, Randy Brecker, Mike Rosen, Eric Marienthal, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Kennedy, Kenny Werner, Eddie Henderson, John Allred, Duffy Jackson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Alfonso Deidda, Franco D’Andrea, Roy Paci, Mike Supnick, Ada Rovatti, Rosario Giuliani, Enrico Intra, Tommaso Scannapieco, Achille Succi, Marco Tamburini, Eric Daniels, Italian Big Band, Francesca Tourè.. He has been directed by the conductors Nicola Samale, Marco Frisina, Giuseppe Garbarino. He has played with the following orchestras: Savona Orchestra , La Spezia Orchestra, Italian-Rumenian Youth  Orchestra, Orchestra della Magna Grecia

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimbo Tribe: Rite of Passage

Read "Rite of Passage" reviewed by Don Phipps

There is much to like about the Italian group Jimbo Tribe's album Rite Of Passage. The trio of pianist Lewis Saccocci, bassist Dario Piccioni, and drummer Nicolò Di Caro are joined by guest trumpeter Anotello Sorrentino, and the quartet offers up imaginative twist after turn. The compositions are engaging and exciting. Changes are planned but feel ...

Rite of Passage

Label: Alfamusic
Released: 2018
Track listing: Il piramidale; Sole bianco; A.I.; Road to Edessa; L.S.S.R.; Nardis; Miss Wicker; Turchese.


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