The flugelhorn has such a smooth, rounded tone that it can impart the warmest and most mellow ambiance to any instrument. When that recording is a piano duet, that warmth and mellowness are magnified dramatically. Warmth, not heat. While a virtuoso’s instrument, the flugelhorn is also a specialty instrument. In the hands of Mark Buselli, one can see why.
After forging a relationship with pianist Claude Sifferlen by playing a regular gig at Indianapolis’ Chatterbox, Mr. Buselli has produced a creatively worthwhile duet recital. The two musicians transform three standards, "My Ideal," "Stablemates," and "The Nearness of You," very intimately while completely improvising the remaining six numbers. The two musicians elaborate their empathic and telepatic relationship on these originals, giving the selection a living breathing freedom that is neither offensive or standoffish.
Pieces like "Bhutan" and Syncretism" are balladic and moody, while "Blullage" and "Sophia" increase the tempo and hum with a low musical tension. Buselli and Sifferlan are perfectly in tune with one another, resulting in swinging songs that are cogent, organized, and ideal for quiet listening.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.