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Giovanni Mirabassi

Italian pianist and composer, born in Perugia in 1970. He starts playing the piano at the age of three and gets interested in jazz at ten. Self-taught, he studies while listening to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Jacky Byard, then Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and also musicians playing other instruments than the piano, ranging from Charlie Parker to Pat Metheny, but also Astor Piazzolla and Elton John, Bach, Brahms, Charles Mingus… And of course Enrico Pieranunzi who remains one of his most influential pianists. At 17, he gives his first important concert at a moment’s notice, accompanying Chet Baker on a visit to Perugia

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Souffle

Label: Continuo Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Cosmos; Sicilienne; Les Poèmes du Vent; Allegretto; Souffle; Petite Douceur; Gnossienne; Rue de Genêts; Energía.

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Article: Album Review

Eva Slongo: Souffle

Read "Souffle" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Improvisation was once a norm for classical musicians, and not just for geniuses such as Bach, Mozart, Liszt or Paganini. That freedom has, to a very large degree, been curtailed by classical music institutions, along with composition. On Souffle, her second album following Inspirations (Unit Records, 2016), Swiss-born, Paris-based violinist Eva Slongo breaks a few metaphorical ...

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Improkofiev

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ocean Dance; Lawns; After Rain; Gymnopedie No. 1; Improkofiev Suite (Improkofiev / New York Dream / No Strings Attached).

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Article: Live Review

I Poeti del Piano Solo, alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

Read "I Poeti del Piano Solo, alla Sala Vanni di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


I Poeti del Piano Solo Musicus Concentus Sala Vanni Firenze 1-3.10.2020 Ci vuole un certo coraggio per inaugurare una nuova rassegna subito dopo la pandemia, con tutte le limitazioni poste agli eventi culturali e di spettacolo, per giunta proprio mentre l'autunno sembra portare un incremento dei contagi. Un coraggio che ...

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Improkofiev

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:12

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Article: Album Review

Stéphane Spira, Giovanni Mirabassi: Improkofiev

Read "Improkofiev" reviewed by Thomas Fletcher


Dwelling on previous influences and past concepts to construct a fresh approach to an idea is a common approach in jazz. The title of this album indicates a pathway into the art of giving classical repertoire some jazz characteristics. Introduced to Prokofiev around 2005 by a Turkish jazz presenter and radio host, Stéphane Spira ...

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Article: Album Review

Spirabassi: Improkofiev

Read "Improkofiev" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There haven't been many jazz quartets whose front line consists solely of a soprano saxophone (Wayne Shorter's is the only one that springs readily to mind). The cleverly named Spirabassi pairs French-born soprano saxophonist Stephane Spira with Italian-bred pianist Giovanni Mirabassi in a group whose other members are bassist Steve Wood and a second Frenchman, drummer ...

Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

Stefon Harris: Sonic Creed

Read "Sonic Creed" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A distanza di un decennio dalla pubblicazione di Urbanus -l'ultimo disco di Stefon Harris con l'ensemble Blackout -sono cambiate molte cose nel mondo del vibrafono jazz: nel 2016 è scomparso Bobby Hutcherson, l'anno successivo Gary Burton s'è ritirato dalla scena attiva e Mike Mainieri, che ha superato gli ottant'anni, ha ridotto l'attività. Lo scettro del miglior ...


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