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Gian Tornatore


Tenor saxophonist Gian Tornatore has emerged as a prominent voice in the New York City jazz scene. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, the California native moved to New York City in 2002 and has made a name for himself as an exciting and dynamic performer, composer, and educator. Gian (pronounced John) has recorded for record label Fresh Sound New Talent and has released four albums as a leader: Sink or Swim (2003), Blackout (2005), Fall (2008), and The Heights (2012). He credits Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, and Sonny Rollins as his most notable influences in shaping his voice as a musician


The Heights

Released: 2012
Track listing: 01. The Heights - 8:56; 02. Beyond Horizon - 6:02; 03. In the Zone - 5:17; 04. Hope - 6:43; 05. Awakening - 7:10; 06. Lessons Learned - 4:29; 07. Soaring - 5:23; 08. Meadowlands - 4:58; 09. Until Tomorrow 6:18. Tutte le composizioni sono di Gian Tornatore.


The Heights (2012)

Label: Sound Spiral
Released: 2012

Article: Album Review

Gian Tornatore: The Heights

Read "The Heights" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Come tanti altri jazzisti prima di lui Gian Tornatore ha una formazione musicale al Berklee College a Boston seguita dal trasferimento a New York, facendosi conoscere e incidendo in Europa. Potrebbe far temere un cliché di vita che si potrebbe manifestare nella musica. Ed invece no, perchè Tornatore scrive composizioni di tutto rispetto, ispirate al linguaggio ...



Label: Sound Spiral
Released: 2009
Track listing: La Vita; Fall; La Copa del Mondo; Nobody But You; Hearing Triangles; Missing You; Scream; La Vita (never to be forgotten).

Article: Album Review

Gian Tornatore: Fall

Read "Fall" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Influenzato tramite George Garzone dall'estetica coltraniana, il giovane sassofonista Gian Tornatore suona, compone, ed arrangia con buona competenza del modello affrontato. Esecuzioni impeccabili, vibrante approccio ad un jazz di grande tensione collettiva, incisivo accompagnamento dei compagni di viaggio. Terzo CD da leader per Tornatore, che non riesce tuttavia a far decollare del tutto questo progetto di ...


Article: Album Review

Gian Tornatore: Fall

Read "Fall" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

He was just 16 when he had his first major performance. Now, saxophonist Gian Tornatore is making his mark in jazz, releasing his third album as a band leader. And he does it in a style apart from what the mainstream expects of this instrument. From performing for the rock band Heart to the ...


Sink or Swim

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: For RPMS; Heaven's Dew; San Francisco Style; Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20; Upstate; Lotus; Three's A Crowd; Nardis.


Article: Album Review

Gian Tornatore: Sink Or Swim

Read "Sink Or Swim" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

Sink Or Swim is the debut album by saxophonist Gian Tornatore. He and his band, featuring Jon Anderson on piano and Fender Rhodes, Zack Wallmark on bass, and David Christian on drums, create music rife with exploratory brooding. Particularly with the pulses of the Fender Rhodes in the mix, the album calls to mind the late ...


Article: Album Review

Gian Tornatore: Sink or Swim

Read "Sink or Swim" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Sink or Swim features saxophonist Gian Tornatore's fine tenor and soprano saxophone work along with excellent support from Jon Anderson on piano and Fender Rhodes, Zach Wallmark on bass, and David Christian on drums. Tornatore's tone is clear as a bell and his compositions display a quiet intelligence that's refreshing to behold.The CD is ...


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