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Unscientific Italians

Unscientific Italians is an 11-piece collective band dedicated to investigating the music of jazz luminary Bill Frisell, created by some of the most gifted performers and bandleaders on the Italian creative scene. Born in 2008 for a small feature of the Italian collective/label El Gallo Rojo at Centro D'Arte in Padova, this project went into hibernation for more than 10 years and came back in 2020, with a revised lineup and repertoire which led to the release of their first work ‘Unscientific Italians Plays the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1’ released in May 2021 for HORA Records. Musically speaking, Unscientific Italians is not a tribute or an orchestral rendition of Frisell’s music, but rather an idiosyncratic rewriting and orchestration that borrows his compositional and instrumental language. UNSCIENTIFIC ITALIANS Mirco Rubegni trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn Fulvio Sigurtà trumpet, flugelhorn Filippo Vignato trombone Federico Pierantoni trombone Cristiano Arcelli alto sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet Piero Bittolo Bon alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet Francesco Bigoni tenor sax, clarinet, live electronics Rossano Emili baritone sax, bass clarinet Alfonso Santimone piano, arrangements, conduction, live electronics Danilo Gallo double bass Zeno De Rossi drums


Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1

Label: Hora Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Before We Were Born; Probability Cloud; Unsung Heroes; Hangdog; Rob Roy; Twenty Years; Verona


Article: Album Review

Unscientific Italians: Play The Music Of Bill Frisell Vol. 1

Read "Play The Music Of Bill Frisell Vol. 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Few would argue against Bill Frisell's status as one of the most singular and influential guitarists/composers since around 1980. And yet, the Baltimore-born musician remains something of an enigma: easy to admire but a tad more difficult to pin down. Instantly recognizable from just a handful of notes, Frisell is, at the same time, a musical ...


Article: Radio

Mario Pavone, Unscientific Italians, Bill Frisell, Paul Jarret & New Releases

Read "Mario Pavone, Unscientific Italians, Bill Frisell, Paul Jarret & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay tribute to the late Mario Pavone, with an epic live set in which his majestic bass sound propelled the Thomas Chapin Trio into the stratosphere at the 1995 Newport Jazz Festival. The rest of the playlist revolves around modern jazz guitar, with two different ways to pay tribute to Bill Frisell, by ...


Article: Interview

Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana

Read "Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Se Nanni Moretti fosse nato nel 1973 invece che nel 1953, la famosa scena di Caro Diario che lo vede in sella ad un vespone per le strade vuote di una languida Roma ferragostana avrebbe avuto come colonna sonora la musica di Bill Frisell piuttosto che quella di Keith Jarrett. Perchè ogni epoca viene definita da ...


Article: Album Review

Unscientific Italians: Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1

Read "Play the Music of Bill Frisell Vol.1" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Arrivato a farsi conoscere in età relativamente tarda (aveva già passato i trenta anni quando ha inciso il primo disco da titolare per la ECM, preceduto da un paio di collaborazioni con due illustri artisti della stessa etichetta come Arild Andersen e Jan Garbarek), Bill Frisell si è subito imposto come una delle voci nuove più ...


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