Third Step , the latest release by composer and esteemed acoustic bassist Giovanni Tommaso, celebrates the bassist's 40th anniversary in the jazz world. A wide range of rhythmic patterns - from Waltz, Tarantella and Calypso to Minuetto, Tango and Twist - form Third Step ’s main inspiration. Tommaso and his partners, the best of Italian Jazz musicians, offer a sixty-minute emotional set based on eleven original compositions by Giovanni.
Most notably, "Tangoing," by Grammy-nominated composer Louis Bacalov (of "The Postman" fame) and the Joe Lovano collaboration, "Tracce," a calypso-infected number, show a synthesis-like ability. These traits permeate Giovanni Tommaso’s talents, first explored in his collaborations with Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri and Ornette Coleman (in the sixties), then in his development of the Italian jazz-rock scene with his seminal band, "Perigeo," in the early seventies.
Third Step offers an interesting look at the contemporary Italian Jazz Scene and includes appearances by Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Maurizio Gianmarco, Danilo Rea and many others. It offers the right balance between the important melodic Italian tradition and the harmonic complexity of today’s Jazz. Third Step also shows the uniqueness of bassist Giovanni Tommaso’s approach to composing and arranging, an art often forgetten by the younger jazz generation.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the 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 the 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.