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Tommaso Cappellato

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Italian hybrid drummer, producer and DJ Tommaso Cappellato is a musical maverick whose skills stretch from free- form electronics to hip hop beats and jazz improvisation. His unorthodox breadth of style is grounded in his own journey of musical discovery from building his jazz chops as a resident drummer in NYC, to hip hop excursions alongside Brooklyn MC’s, to traveling to Senegal to meld with local music masters, to collaborating with experimental electronica and techno artist Rabih Beaini, pianist, composer and live remixer Mark de Clive-Lowe and visionary Egyptian producer Maurice Louca.
 These soulful influences enrich his live performances with Collettivo Immaginario, who have been captivating audiences from LA to Milan with their fresh blend of modern beats and 70s electronica. Tommaso also leads his own award-winning spiritual jazz ensemble Astral Travel with whom he has just released a new album on Hyperjazz inspired by the poetry of Sun Ra, “If You Say You Are From This Planet, Why Do You Treat It Like You Do?” featuring Dwight Trible

Album

People Need People

Label: Schema Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hold On To Your Dreams; The Higher Love; Imani River; Nigeria; People Need People; Inner Light; New World Shuffle; Good Juju; African Spirits; Tribes; Mother Nature.

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Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella: People Need People

Read "People Need People" reviewed by Chris May


For over twenty years, the Italian producer, composer and guitarist Nicola Conte has pursued a resolutely independent path in jazz and jazz-related music. The Schema label, with whom he has almost exclusively partnered since his breakthrough album, 2000's acid-jazz masterpiece Jet Sounds, is based in the fashion-centric northern city of Milan. But Conte nearly always records ...

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Article: Radio

Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik

Read "Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A little “Finnish" to start? Why not? Some fine bands from Suomi kick off this episode, with the fine saxophonist Jorma Tapio and his trio, Kaski, leading the way from their new release Aliseen. Tapio and mates use the folk music of Finland as the basis for their intriguing improvisations. After that you'll hear two newer ...

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Article: Radio

Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2

Read "Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of this drummer-special [for the first part click here], focusing on power drummers and showing the continuity that connects Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa to Joey Baron and Jim Black, and a special focus on the live performative energy of Kresten Osgood and Makaya McCraven as well as the spiritual jazz of Tommaso Cappellato's ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...

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Article: Radio

2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part II

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Second part of Mondo Jazz's special edition dedicated to the 2020 Winter JazzFest. In this segment there's a special emphasis to musicians from the French and Italian scene, and yet-to-be released material courtesy of Wayne Horvitz, Jure Pukl and Angela Morris For the first part of this show click here. PlaylistBen Allison ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

Album

Butterflying

Label: Mother Tongue
Released: 2019
Track listing: Splinters Of A Rainbow Heart (feat. Matteo Alfonso & Andrea Lombardini); Humming Beings (feat. Yu Lin Humm); Butterflying; Take-Off Land; Canvas In The Dark; Catch Me If You Can (feat. Alberto Lincetto); No Flies For A Closed Mouth (feat. Piero Bittolo Bon); Abstract Travels

Article: Interview

Tommaso Cappellato: Spiritual Jazz, Club Culture, Harry Whitaker e molte cose ancora

Read "Tommaso Cappellato:  Spiritual Jazz, Club Culture, Harry Whitaker e molte cose ancora" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Batterista, produttore e compositore, Tommaso Cappellato è tra i pochi musicisti italiani in piena sintonia con le ultime tendenze del jazz, dove contenuti e spirito di questa musica si legano ad afrobeat, soul, hip-hop, house, elettronica e vari generi della Club Culture. Una scena musicale che ha il suo fulcro a Londra e pubblica le sue ...


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