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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 love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.