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Gianluca Renzi


Gianluca Renzi was born 1975 in Frosinone, a little italian city near Rome and he’s fast becoming one of the most interesting musician in Europe. He has been touring all over the world as a sideman with some of the most known international musicians and as a leader of his own “sextet” and “all star orchestra” and he just moved to New York city. Gianluca Renzi is an acoustic and electric bass player and arranger as well. He has Degrees in classical music performance and in jazz performance, jazz composition and jazz arranging from the Italian Conservatory of Music. He also studied with Marc Johnson, Miroslav Vitous, Palle Danielson and John Patitucci. He has recorded more than 30 cd’s with the most important Italian and american musicians such as Steve Lacy, Steve Grossmann, David Fuzinsky, Leon Parker, Umberto Fiorentino, Rosario Giuliani, Maurizio Giammarco, Giovanni Mirabassi. As a leader he has recorded 3 records with his own bands for the italian label WIDE SOUND

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Giovanni Mirabassi Trio: Summer's Gone

Read "Summer's Gone" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Giovanni Mirabassi torna al classico trio, dopo il piano solo Live in Germany e i due lavori in cui il medesimo trio era affiancato da un'orchestra d'archi (Viva V.E.R.D.I., registrato in Corea del Sud) e ospitava il vibrafonista Stefon Harris (No Way Out). La formazione è la medesima, con Gianluca Renzi al contrabbasso e Lukmil Perez ...


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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People: Our People

Read "Our People" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Our People, the twelfth album as leader by multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gibbs, is difficult to describe and even harder to pigeonhole. Is it jazz? Not really. Is it world music? Sometimes. And sometimes even other-worldly. Stream of consciousness? Perhaps, but always with a specific plan in mind. Tone poems? Only in the sense that there are times ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux

Read "Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

MJ Territo Ladies Day Jolly Molly Records 2017 Vocalist Mj Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. Territo noted the number of compositions that she loved were written by women. So, taking that fact and assembling an all-women's band, Territo creates the trifecta of celebration. The ...


Article: Album Review

Laura Campisi: Double Mirror

Read "Double Mirror" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Contemporary jazz vocalists tend to fall into two camps, those who follow the jazz singer tradition of Ella, Billie, Sarah and the other icons and those who experiment with their sound and repertoire. The latter group includes people like Elizabeth Shepherd, Katie Bull and Rebecca Martin. Laura Campisi is another name you can add to that ...

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Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet: No Way Out

Read "No Way Out" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo Viva V.E.R.D.I., nel quale il suo trio veniva affiancato da un'ampia orchestra d'archi, Giovanni Mirabassi si ripresenta ancora assieme a Gianluca Renzi e Lukmil Perez Herrera, allargando stavolta la formazione con l'inserimento dello strepitoso vibrafonista americano Stefon Harris, erede dei fasti di Bobby Hutcherson. E proprio ai quartetti con vibrafono degli anni sessanta ...


Article: Album Review

Giovanni Mirabassi Trio & Strings: Viva V.E.R.D.I.

Read "Viva V.E.R.D.I." reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Da anni residente a Parigi e più noto all'estero che da noi, Giovanni Mirabassi è un pianista dotato di ottima tecnica e autore di alcuni bei lavori, specie in trio. E proprio su questa formazione è basato Viva V.E.R.D.I., registrato dal vivo a Goyang, in Corea del Sud, assieme al contrabbassista Gianluca Renzi, già in passato ...


News: Performance / Tour

Loston Harris at Birdland on November 12

Loston Harris at Birdland on November 12

LOSTON HARRIS * NEW CD RELEASE NOVEMBER 12 * BIRDLAND ALL-STAR QUINTET PLAYS SWINGFULLY YOURS Loston Harris celebrates the release of his new CD Swingfully Yours at Birdland, “The Jazz Corner of the World", located in the heart of New York City, on Nov 12 for two sets only. The pianist/vocalist brings ...


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Bruce Cox Core-Tet: Status Cymbals

Read "Status Cymbals" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Bruce Cox may not be a household name in the jazz world, but he's studied, played and/or recorded with plenty of people who are. The Philadelphia-born stick-wielder gleaned plenty of wisdom through his lessons with drumming icons Philly Joe Jones and Alan Dawson, and he's put that knowledge to good use by backing the greats ...


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Captain Black Big Band: Captain Black Big Band

Read "Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The man behind the Captain Black Big Band is pianist Orrin Evans. The ensemble's eponymous debut recording is a CD of such style, musicality and instrumental power that it seems only right to ensure that Evans gets the credit upfront. This is straight-ahead, swinging, big band music, recorded at three live performances in New York and ...


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