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Stefano Travaglini

Described as “a wondrously eclectic talent” in Jazz Journal (UK), Stefano Travaglini is a pianist and composer mostly interested in the fascinating world of improvisation. He has released five albums as leader: The Hungarian Songbook (2013) in which he freely improvises over ancient magyar melodies, Ellipse, solo piano (2017), recorded in Oslo at Rainbow Studio, the result of an hour-long free recording session, considered “a masterwork of improvised music” and “one of the best improvised works of 2017” (All About Jazz), The long line, Two pianos (2019), with pianist M. Coclite, produced by american label Odradek Records, Monk, Fifteen piano reflections (2020), recorded in Paris, dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk and the latest album Book of innocence with Achille Succi (alto sax & bass clarinet).


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Stefano Travaglini: Book of Innocence

Read "Stefano Travaglini: Book of Innocence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With Book of Innocence, Stefano Travaglini and Achille Succi have released an inspired recording and it is something quite beyond convention.  Stefano came to my attention in 2017 with his extraordinarily wide-ranging solo album Ellipse (Notami Jazz, 2017), his first leader recording. Another outstanding solo outing came in 2020 with Monk—Fifteen Piano Reflections (Notami Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Stefano's ...


Book Of Innocence

Label: Notami Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Rothko, Bauci; Silent Moon; Polymorph, Travels; Vipassana; Turning Tables; Blues For Days To Come; Book Of Innocence.


Article: Album Review

Stefano Travaglini/Achille Succi: Book Of Innocence

Read "Book Of Innocence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Book Of Innocence, an album from pianist Stefano Travaglini and reedist Achille Succi, opens with a tune entitled “Rothko," taking inspiration from the Russian-born abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The music is an edgy, frenetic romp. It sounds like a near out-of-control roll by a pair of skateboarders careening down a steep and winding mountain road, ...


Monk - Fifteen Piano Reflections

Label: Notami Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Trinkle Tinkle; Children’s Song; Well, You Needn’t; Ruby, My Dear; Criss Cross; Straight No Chaser; Ugly Beauty; Bemsha Swing; Round Midnight; Monk’s Dream; Introspection; Evidence; Brilliant Corners; Misterioso; In Walked Bud.


Article: Album Review

Stefano Travaglini: Monk - Fifteen Piano Reflections

Read "Monk - Fifteen Piano Reflections" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian composer and pianist Stefano Travaglini advanced his standing in the crowded field of solo piano improvisers with Ellipse (Notami Jazz, 2017). That album of (mostly) extemporaneous creations exhibited Travaglini's capacity for coalescing abstraction and lyricism in often understated ways. Trained as a classical pianist under Arvo Part and Vince Mendoza, he benefitted from their broad ...


The Long Line

Label: Odradek Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Mythos; Garden of Delights; Ethos; Querendo Dançar Dianoia; Body and Soul; Lexis; Folk Song, Clowns, and Litany; Opsis; The Long Line; Melos (take 1) Melos (take 2).


Article: Album Review

Stefano Travaglini - Massimiliano Coclite: The Long Line

Read "The Long Line" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian pianists Stefano Travaglini and Massimiliano Coclite team up for a varied session of original improvisations and those influenced by composers of historical consequence. Both artists are coming from inspiring releases, Travaglini with his solo album Ellipse (Notami Jazz, 2017) and Coclite with his namesake quartet on Strange People (Odardek Records, 2018). These two musicians have ...


Article: Album Review

Stefano Travaglini: Ellipse

Read "Ellipse" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Italian pianist Stefano Travaglini's Ellipse is a masterwork of improvised music. The recordings is the result of a single one-hour long unedited session at Oslo's Rainbow Studio. Travaglini's playing is beautiful and measured featuring a brilliant use of negative space. Travaglini is not interested in wowing the listener with flashy rapid-fire piano lines. Instead, he opts ...


Article: Album Review

Stefano Travaglini: Ellipse

Read "Ellipse" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Set up some studio time. Step into the studio. Sit down at the piano. Let your muse take you where she will. That's how pianist Stefano Travaglini rolled for the recording of Ellipse. Solo jazz piano, free improvisation especially, has proven itself over the years a difficult artist endeavor. Consider the modern masters: Keith ...


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