venerdì 25 dicembre 2009


Internationally conceived, the Summit Big Band includes five Americans, two Italians, one Jugoslav, one Pole, one French-man and one Englishman.
What other music you know, if not that jazz, which can break down the borders?

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Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-18
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at "Junior Studios", Rome 1972, January 25

Benny Bailey, Dusko Gojkovic, Bob Lanese (tps),
Bob Burgess, Slide Hampton (trnes),
Gianni Basso, Sal Nistico (tenor sax),
Laszek Zadlo (soprano sax, ten sax),
Sergio Rigon (bar sax),
Vince Benedetti (p),
Patrice Caratini (bass), Peer Wyboris (drums)


Side A

A1) Elocin - 8'35"
A2) Manhattan Mood - 4'51"
A3) Feeling - 5'20"

Side B

B1) It's About Time - 5'40"
B2) Personally Ake - 10'33"

domenica 20 dicembre 2009


In this anthology, published by Aldo Sinesio at the middle of the the story of HORO, we find some alternative path of previous volumes, such as Johnny Griffin and Sal Nistico, one "anticipation", because this was the track of Steve Grossman, on the date which this collection was put on the market, and a curious experiment.

Three of these pieces all came out of the same session, in which Franco Ambrosetti's quartet was recording, but in this case the various components of the quartet meved into a freer pattern, breaking the structure of the group, creating small nuclei.

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Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-17
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded in Rome, 1974/1975


Side A

A1) The Pasta Parade - 8'38"
Johnny Griffin (ten sax),
Franco D'Andrea (p), Giovanni Tommaso (bass), Bruno Biriaco (drums)
1974, April 7

A2) Paravento - 2'07"
Daniel Humair (drums & vocal)
1974, April 28

A3) Mariamar - 10'10"
Sal Nistico (ten sax),
Irio De Paula (g), Enrico Pieranunzi (p), Alessio Urso (bass), Afonso Vieira (drums)
1975, February 16

Side B

B1) Untitled - 10'47"
Steve Grossman (soprano sax, ten. sax),
Irio De Paula (g), Alessio Urso (g), Afonso Vieira (drums), Nilton Castro (perc)
1974, June 4

B2) Baje - 3'19"
Jasper Van't Hof (p)
1974, April 28

B3) Ashe Of Space - 5'40"
Franco Ambrosetti (flgh), J.F. Jenny-Clark (bass)
1974, April 28

martedì 15 dicembre 2009


Sal Nistico, born Salvatore Nistico 2 April 1938 in Syracuse (New York), died 3 March 1991 in Berne, Switzerland, was a jazz tenor saxophonist associated for many years in the mid-'60s with Woody Herman's Herd.

He started playing alto sax, switching to tenor in 1956 and briefly played baritone sax. In 1965, he joined Count Basie but returned on many occasions to play with Herman. He also played with Nat Adderley, Don Ellis, Stan Tracey, Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich.

While not a well-known public figure, he was highly respected by his fellow tenor sax players as a “musicians' musician”. Sal's solo work contrasts his big band work. The solo work is more bebop oriented, as heard on the Heavyweights recordings.


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Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-16
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1975, February 2

Sal Nistico (tenor sax),
Irio De Paula (g),
Enrico Pieranunzi (p),
Alessio Urso (bass), Afonso Vieira (drums)


Side A
A1) Maracanà - 10'41"
A2) For You - 4'36"
A3) New April - 6'19"

Side B
B1) Segundo - 8'48"
B2) Bleu Marine - 6'28"
B3) Garotinho - 5'51"

the stickers on the label is of the Radio télévision belge de la communauté française, but I don't have info about Don Mercier (is an author, is a DJ?)

giovedì 10 dicembre 2009


After an excellent concert at the Music Inn in Rome, Aldo Sinesio asked Mariano & Co. to record an album for his label.
The result has met his expectations, I hope it's the same for your ...

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Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-15
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1975, January 18

Charlie Mariano (alto sax, soprano sax, fl), Philip Catherine (g), Jasper Van't Hof (yamaha organ), Jean-François Jenny-Clark (bass), Aldo Romano (drums)


Side A

A1) Look Up - 11'04"
A2) I Felt Obliged - 4'02"
A3) Zirkus - 4'23"

Side B
B1) 47 Seconds - 5'44"
B2) Eighteen Bar Blues - 6'23"
B3) Duo Maximum - 3'51"
B4) Unexpected - 2'24"

venerdì 27 novembre 2009


In 1973 Enrico Rava plays in Rome, with Bruce Johnson, Chip White and John Abercrombie, the same ones with whom he recorded the beautiful "Katcharpari" for BASF, and on that occasion that he knows Massimo Urbani.

The encounter with this amazing little boy who plays the alto sax, marks the future musical choices of Rava and, once back in New York, he decides to call him to play in his new quartet, with Calvin Hill and Michael Carvin, projecting the young saxophonist in an international dimension, for attitudes and repertory.

The quartet plays for fifteen days at the Saint James Infirmary, the Club of Roswell Rudd and in the summer of 1974 Rava leads the group on a European tour which would have provided for a ECM recording, but that did not ever.

A few months later, Enrico Rava back in Italy, with Nestor Astarita on drums, replacing Carvin.
That quartet, today, is almost forgotten, although their music is recorded in a historic LP, out of the market for years, the volume 14 of the Jazz A Confronto, the next.

"It was a group with few rivals in the world : they mastered by sovereign security the most advanced forms of jazz's language, enriched with a large sign, melodic and virile ... their music was bold but solid, dense and intensely lyrical, and the two soloists improvised with the sound-form, making it hot, aggressive, ironic and, above all, free." (Marcello Piras).

Just days before the recording of that historic quartet, Aldo Sinesio decides to record the brilliant roman saxophonist, with the same rhythm section, but without Rava.
Probably, this is not the best record Massimo Urbani, but this is the first recording as a leader, and remains a memorable page.



Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-13
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1974, November 11

Massimo Urbani (alto sax),
Calvin Hill (drums), Nestor Astarita (drums)


Side A

A1) Jorgelina (M. Urbani) - 4'46"
A2) Encuentro (M. Urbani) - 18'15"

Side B

B1) Creation (M. Urbani) - 20'25"

This rare album of HORO, was published some time ago on Weirdope, who writes what he goes to, when he goes to ... is for this reason that I'm more precious this post with a movie, rare as this LP: Massimo Urbani nella Fabbrica Abbandonata, by Paolo Colangeli.

sabato 21 novembre 2009


Teddy Wilson was born November 24, 1912 in Austin, Texas.
At the age of 17 years, having studied piano, violin and composition, he moved to Detroit, where he played with local musician.
From that moment, we find him at the side of the greatest jazzmen: with Louis Armstrong, Erskine Tate, Jimmy Noone, Benny Carter or Benny Goodman.
But is, above all, in his superb capacity to "accompany" Billie Holiday that Wilson expresses his most poetic.

It may seem strange that such a great pianist has rarely played his pieces, but it's the challenge of playing the compositions of others, until they own, that Teddy wanted to show us her exquisite musical sensibility and her undeniable mastery of music.

At this link, my friend Gerovi Jazz has collected some videos of Teddy Wilson.


Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-12
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Junior Studio”,
Rome on 1974, May 2

Teddy Wilson (p)


Side A

A1)Blues for Roma - 4'46"
A2) I Am Louis Armstrong
A3) Porgy and Bess Medley - 4'55"
a) It Ain't Necessarily So
b) Bess, You Is My Woman Now
c) Summertime
A4) L'Atmosfera C'è - 3'50"

Side B

B1) Blues For Teddy - 4'11"
B2) Body And Soul - 3'52"
B3) Duke Ellington Medley - 8'00"
a) Sophisticated Lady
b) Prelude To A Kiss
c) Satin Doll

martedì 17 novembre 2009


The volume n 10 of Jazz A Confronto series, by Johnny Griffin, is for now the only one that has been reissued on CD, thanks to collaboration between HORO and the Atomic Jazz.
The CD is available at many sites, as JAZZLOFT,, Worlds Records and more.
Precisely for this reason, you will not find this recording on shared on this blog, but I gladly make you hear the first track, MUSIC INN BLUES, dedicated to one of the historic jazz clubs in Rome.

If you like this, and how it would be possible otherwise, buy it!

In addition, the reissue contains “The Pasta Parade”, a tune based on Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band”, not included in the original vinyl edition, but included in the anthology of unreleased and alternative tracks, published in Jazz A Confronto 17.


Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-10
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1974, April 7

Johnny Griffin (ten sax),
Franco D'Andrea (p), Giovanni Tommaso (bass), Bruno Biriaco (drums)


Side A

A1) Music Inn Blues - 8'44"
A2) For The Love Of - 8'07"

Side B

B1) Always Forever - 7'11"
B2) Keep Going - 12'02

lunedì 9 novembre 2009


Renato Sellani was born in Senigallia (Ancona) in 1927.
At age 12 he began playing the organ in the church of his country, a few years later began studying the piano as an autodidact.
In 1950 he moved to Rome, host of Umberto Cesàri which receives the fundamental teachings.
Later, at the invitation of Franco Cerri, he moved to Milan where in September 1958, joined the legendary group "Basso & Valdambrini", which will work with up to 1971.
Also in '58 has in tourné with Lee Konitz, then with Chet Baker, with whom he recorded in 1959.
In 1961 he participated in three recordings of saxophonist and flutist Buddy Collette.
In his career he has beautifully accompanied famous singers, like Nicola Arigliano, Lilian Terry, Renata Mauro, Helen Merrill, Ginger Rogers, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday also.

His piano is present in many important pages of Italian jazz, recorded on vinyl, even if, in his name, he has recorded "only" a dozen historical records.
Among these I remember the first “Un Pianoforte per Due Innamorati” (1963), the first in piano solo, which opened the label DIRE (1969), the beautiful "Tizia", still in piano solo (1976) and the duet with Gianni Basso (1977)

In recent years, thanks to Paolo Piangiarelly of Philology, he has recorded another thirty important records, reworking some masterpieces of Italian songs in a unique way, elegant, rich in emotion and silence as his music.
For the same label he has recorded as co-leader with Lee Konitz, Tony Scott, Phil Woods, Irio De Paula, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Franco D’Andrea, Fabrizio Bosso, Barbara Casini and the rising stars Gianluca Petrella, Francesco Cafisio and Michela Lombardi, with whom he recorded two beautiful tributes to Chet Baker.


Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-9
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1974, March 7

Renato Sellani (p),
Bruno Tommaso (bass), Bruno Biriaco (drums),
Gianni Basso (ten sax)


Side A

A1) Autoritratto – 4’50”
A2) Sembrerebbe Quasi Festa – 4’34”
A3) Portrait of July – 3’05”
A4) Illimani – 4’36”
A5) Attesa – 3’12”

Side B

B1) Inquieto – 3’25”
B2) Patetico – 4’30”
B3) Long Mary – 4’50”
B4) Gres Time – 3’46”
B5) La Mia Vita – 2’52”

martedì 3 novembre 2009


1974, february 12th

This is the first meeting, and the only on record, from two great jazz master, supported from the young hopes of the italian jazz, like a Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco and Toni Formichella.
These young musicians followed the first course of jazz that Gaslini held to the conservatory of S. Cecilia of Rome, with also to Patrizia Scascitelli, Bruno Tommaso, Tommaso Vittorini and more

So, the critics tells that, between Schiano e Gaslini, there was hostility, because Schiano had recorded for first the young lions on the beginning of 1973, in your beautiful "SUD".
Really, it had happened because Mario Schiano knew the roman jazz clubs much more that the academic pianista.

When Aldo Sinesio proposed he to recording for the HORO, Schiano proposed to meet Gaslini, own with "they" young students.
All roman jazz world said that Giorgio would not have accepted.

That day, Gaslini, was not only introduced in advance in the "Titania" studies, but in all two tracks that it recorded with Schiano, there is a clear message.
In one it's on the title "Unità", in the second it's in the beauty and in the grace of the composition "Canto Ritrovato", an ancient Lombardic song relaborated from he.

This is the first meeting, and the only on record, from two great jazz master, supported from the young hopes of the italian jazz.


Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-8
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Released: 1974

Mario Schiano (alto sax),
Bruno Tommaso (bass),
Michele Iannaccone (drums out on B1),
Maurizio Giammarco (ten. sax on A1, A2, B2; fl on A1; p on A1),
Toni Formichella (ten. sax on A1, A2, B2),
Massimo Urbani (soprano sax on A2, B2),
Giorgio Gaslini (p. on B1, B3)


A1) White Brush (Giammarco) – 14’10”
A2) Life Saver (Schiano) – 5’50”
Side B

B1) Canto Ritrovato (Gaslini) – 5’28”
B2) Lesile (Formichella) – 6’43”
B3) Unità (Gaslini) – 11’11”

mercoledì 28 ottobre 2009


Saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist, was born in Emilia Romagna, but when he was in Italy, has always lived in Milan.
In the Seventies, he began his experience as a sound engineer, testified by wonderful recordings for various labels.
All discs recorded by him, are distinguished by the color and clarity of sound.

His contribution to music has been enormous and, as often happens, undervalued in life and discovered too late.

His approach to jazz after 1945, through the recording of Charlie Parker and Stan Getz.Five years later, a leader of the Jazz Club of Padua, listens casually and presents him, for the first time, to the Italian public.
Already in 1953 he recorded two sides for Columbia, with Eraldo Volonte, Gil Cuppini and other, but, despite the successes, for Barigozzi in our small country begin the difficulties.

In 1955 he accepts some records abroad, in France, Germany and Sweden.
Two years later, Barigozzi decides to leave for the Far East, with the italian trumpeter Mario Costalunga. For several years will play his music between Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
In 1965 he returned to Italy and performs some of his most important experiences in jazz, playing with Chet Baker, Lionel Hampton and Jack Teagarden.

Many of his recordings, among which I like to remember in addition to this, the quartet recorded in 1971 for the DIRE, "Flautissimo" and "Woman's Colours", both recorded for FONOVIDEO.


Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-06
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Recorded at "Titania's Studio",
Milan on 1973, December

Giancarlo Barigozzi (ten sax, soprano sax, fl, bass cl),
Bruno Tommaso (bass, el. p. wurlitzer), Gianni Cazzola (drums, perc)


A1) Modal - 5'25"
A2) Pastoral - 4'00"
A3) Danger - 4'15"
A4) Low Tension - 4'18"

B1) Oriental Road - 4'33"
B2) Sogno del 1° Dicembre - 4'43"
B3) Notte in Galleria - 4'05"
B4) Moon Blues - 3'55"

venerdì 23 ottobre 2009



GIANCARLO SCHIAFFINI, composer-trombonist-tubist, was born in Rome in 1942 and graduated in Physics at the University of Rome in 1965. Self-taught, he appeared as soloist in the first free-jazz concerts in Italy and subsequently presented his own compositions widely in the mid 1960’s.
In 1970 he studied at Darmstadt with Stockhausen, Ligeti and Globokar and formed the contemporary chamber ensemble Nuove Forme Sonore. He also worked with Franco Evangelisti in 1972 and has since collaborated with the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova consonanza until 1983. In 1975 he founded the Gruppo Romano di Ottoni performing Renaissance and Contemporary music. He is member of the well known Italian Instabile Orchestra.

At present he teaches at the Conservatorio “A. Casella” in l’Aquila and at the Summer Courses of Siena Jazz. He teaches also Contemporary Music, Jazz and Improvisation in Clinics and Seminars all over the World (like New York University, Monash University Melbourne, Hochschule Freiburg i. B., Acanthes-Villeneuve d’Avignon, UNEAC-Cuba).

He plays Contemporary Music, Jazz and Improvisation in concerts and International Festivals of Contemporary music and Jazz like Teatro alla Scala, Accademia di S. Cecilia, Biennale Musica di Venezia, Autunno Musicale di Como, Settembre Musica di Torino, IRCAM, Upic and Festival d’Automne (Paris), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), Europa Jazz Festival du Mans, Jazz a Mulhouse, Tramway (Rouen), Wien Modern, Aspekte (Salzburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Moers, Tage fuer Neue Musik (Zurich), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Berliner Philarmonie, Festival di Gibellina, FIMAV Victoriaville and New Music Concerts-Toronto (Canada), Nuova Consonanza, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), JazzYatra (India), Darmstadter Ferienkurse, Pomeriggi Musicali and Musica del nostro tempo di Milano, UNEAC (Cuba), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lincoln Center and Hunter College (New York).
In 2000 he has been Composer in residence for the International Composers & Improvisers Forum Munich.
Mr. Schiaffini has collaborated with John Cage, Karole Armitage, Luigi Nono and Giacinto Scelsi in various performances and works for solo trombone or tuba have been dedicated to him by Scelsi, Nono, Amman, Alandia, Dashow, Villa-Rojo, Renosto, Laneri, Guaccero.
He has performed for the National Radios in Austria, Canada, Holland, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Spain Sweden, France as well as having recorded for BMG, Curci, Cramps, Edipan, Horo, Pentaflowers, Pentaphon, Red Records, Ricordi, Vedette. His music has been published by BMG, Curci, Edipan, Ricordi.

Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-05
Format: LP
Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”,
Rome on 1973, June

Giancarlo Schiaffini
(trne, flgh contralto on #A4),
Massimo Urbani
(alto sax on # A1, B1, B3; soprano sax on # A3)
Maurizio Giammarco
(soprano sax on # A1, A2, B1, B3; tenor sax on # A3)
Martin Joseph
(p on # A1, A3, B1, B3)Bruno Tommaso (bass),
Michele Iannaccone (perc)


Side A

A1) Ouverture – 3’58”
A2) Old Fashioned – 2’37”
A3) Flip Flop – 6’45”
A4) Forma Vaga – 2’23”

Side B

B1) Chiaroscuro – 5’25”
B2) Ai Tempi Loro – 4’13”
B3) Suoni A Confronto – 9’00”