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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Storie di Fiume

Read "Storie di Fiume" reviewed by Ian Patterson

On first listening to Storie di fiume(River Tales), Simone Guiducci's Gramelot Ensemble's fourth recording, one wonders whether this is folk music colored by jazz, or jazz music influenced by folk. But like the confluence of two rivers there comes a point where it is impossible to distinguish the two separate entities--the absorption is complete and mutual.

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Storie di fiume

Read "Storie di fiume" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nuovo lavoro del chitarrista Simone Guiducci con il suo Gramelot Ensemble, che per l'etichetta Felmay sono giunti al quarto CD, dopo Cantador, Chorale e Dancin' Roots. In questa occasione il gruppo torna a far leva solo sui cinque elementi originari, senza ospiti, e come al solito esplora territori musicali connessi alla memoria popolare rivisitata con libertà ...

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Storie di Fiume

Read "Storie di Fiume" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian acoustic guitarist and composer Simone Guiducci has performed with German bass legend Eberhard Weber and American multi-reedist Chris Speed, among other notables. On Storie di Fiume, the artist's alterable Gramelot Ensemble fuses the sounds of Mediterranean folk music with spiraling improvisational forays. Guiducci's signature invocation of jazz and Italian melodies is something of a trademark ...

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Dancin' Roots

Read "Dancin' Roots" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian acoustic guitarist Simone Guiducci often employs well-known American jazz musicians for his conspicuously ambitious projects. With this effort, he benefits from clarinetist Don Byron's expertise, along with rising star trumpeter Ralph Alessi and other top-notch instrumentalists. Guiducci's trademark fusion of Mediterranean themes with complex harmonic sojourns once again offers more than just a few rewarding ...

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Dancin' Roots

Read "Dancin' Roots" reviewed by John Kelman

With consistently compelling releases from labels like EGEA and CAM Jazz, the vibrancy of the Italian jazz scene is becoming more and more recognized by a larger international audience. Increasingly self-evident is that the Italian jazz community encompasses both the broader improvising tradition of American jazz and the intrinsic ethnicity of its own rich musical history. ...

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Dancin' Roots

Read "Dancin' Roots" reviewed by Paul Olson

Musicians have been combining various musical genres with jazz for decades and the results are often pretty messy. Jazz doesn't mix as well with its musical brethren as one might hope: often its improvisational side is diluted and all that survives the graft is an empty virtuosity. That's why the achievement of Italian acoustic guitarist Simone ...

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Chorale

Read "Chorale" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Not only is Italian acoustic guitarist Simone Guiducci a strong soloist, but he's very adept when infusing jazz talents such as Chris Speed (clarinet), Erik Friedlander (cello), and Ralph Alessi (trumpet) into his master game plan. And of course, Guiducci leads a fine sextet consisting of a clarinet/accordion based attack atop a powerful rhythm section.

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Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble: Cantador

Read "Cantador" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The “Simone Guiducci Gramelot Ensemble” intermingle Italian folk-ish themes with generous doses of improvisation, modern jazz structures and well-orchestrated small group arrangements on this charming and thoroughly enjoyable effort titled, Cantador. Led by guitarist/composer Simone Guiducci, the musicians pursue catchy melodies and gleefully romantic Italian style themes to coincide with harmonious interplay and sharp soloing. Guiducci ...


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