mercoledì 28 ottobre 2009

JAZZ A CONFRONTO 6 - GIANCARLO BARIGOZZI - HLL 101-06


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.



Credits:

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)


Tracklisting:


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

JAZZ A CONFRONTO 5 - GIANCARLO SCHIAFFINI - HLL 101-05

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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.
Credits:

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)



Tracklisting:

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”

lunedì 19 ottobre 2009

JAZZ A CONFRONTO 3 - GIANNI BASSO - HLL 101-03

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Gianni Basso can be unequivocally regarded as one of the most significant historical figures of Italian jazz.
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His music shows how to play in the tradition, without ignoring the force of the evolution of jazz, and without rejecting the most advanced experiences free, as evidenced by the music of this LP, recorded for Aldo Sinesio in Rome, february 1973.
Listen "Bloom" and "LA VALLE DELL’AMORE," the two tracks of Bruno Tommaso present in both LPs, or the free track "ALEX", and then tell me if this giant of jazz hasn’t reinvented everything, from avant-garde to the mainstream.
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Another example of his great music is documented on "HIT" , recorded in Milan two years later, available now at Carosello-Jazz from Italy Blog, where Gianni engages, for the first time, the soprano sax.


Born in Asti in '31, his professional activity began in Belgium in 1946, with the militancy within the Raoul Falsan Big Band, where he distinguished as clarinetist and tenor sax.

At the same time as playing with different musicians in Europe and U.S., especially in Germany and Austria.
In '50 Basso leaves the Falsan Orchestra and returns in Italy, where he founded along with Oscar Valdambrini, the prestigious "Basso-Valdambrini Quintet", a very special combo, leader of italian jazz for many years .

the prestigious "Basso-Valdambrini Quintet"

During his long and varied career, Gianni Basso has collaborated with extraordinary artists, the most representative of the jazz of all time, from Billie Holiday to Lionel Hampton, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Joe Venuti, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Zoot Sims, Buddy Colette, beyond to having an intense record activity, both as leader and as a sideman.

Of particular importance is the militancy located in some of the most prestigious international orchestras: as the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Clarke / Boland Francis, Thad Jones, Lalo Schifrin and more.
In the late '70s he founded the band Saxes Machine and subsequently fronted the Gianni Basso Big Band.



In his later years, he played with some of the rising stars of jazz, as Fabrizio Bosso and Andrea Pozza, recording his unique music for Philology, by Paolo Piangiarelli.



Credits:

Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-03
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Released: 1973, February
At “Titania Studio”

Produced by Aldo Sinesio

Gianni Basso (tenor sax), Franco D’Andrea (p),
Bruno Tommaso (bass), Bruno Biriaco (drums)


Tracklisting:

Side A

A1) Alex – 7’26”
A2) Siria – 4’05”
A3) Horse – 7’23”



Side B

B1) Bloom – 5’26”
B2) Ocean – 4’32”
B3) La Valle Dell’Amore – 6’55”
B4) Panarea – 3’16”

giovedì 15 ottobre 2009

JAZZ A CONFRONTO 2 - MARCELLO ROSA - HLL 101-02

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Marcello Rosa is a Trombone player, composer, arranger.


He starts off at age five studying piano, then concentrates on classical guitar.
Moreover he discovers Jazz and meets his music soulmate Trombone.
His first official debut was in 1954.


Credits:

Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-2
Format: LP
Country: Italy
Recorded: 1973, January
At “Titania Studio”

Produced by Aldo Sinesio

Tracklisting:

Side A

A1) Don (M. Rosa) – 4’35”
A2) Blues For The King (M. Rosa) – 3’00”
Marcello Rosa, Dino Piana, Alberto Collatina, Aldo Josue (trnes), Giancarlo Schiaffini (bass trne), Enrico Pieranunzi (p), Bruno Tommaso (bass), Alex Serra (perc), Massimo Rocci (perc., drums)

A3) Folk Song (G. Schiaffini) – 3’15”
Giancarlo Schiaffini (contralto flgh), Marcello Rosa (trne, tuba),
Enrico Pieranunzi (p),Gianni Foccia (el. bass), Massimo Rocci (drums)

A4) Soul Food (M. Rosa) – 3’48”
Marcello Rosa, Dino Piana, Alberto Collatina, Aldo Josue (trnes),
Giancarlo Schiaffini (bass trne), Puccio Sboto (vib), Enrico Pieranunzi (p), Bruno Tommaso (bass), Alex Serra (perc), Massimo Rocci (perc., drums)




B1) Toledo (M. Rosa) – 7’15”
Marcello Rosa, Giancarlo Schiaffini (trnes), Enrico Pieranunzi (p),
Gianni Foccia (el. bass), Massimo Rocci (drums)

B2) Rosa Minore (A. Pieranunzi) – 3’35”
Enrico Pieranunzi (p),
Gianni Foccia (el. bass), Massimo Rocci (drums)

B3) Hello Satch (M. Rosa) – 4’08”
B4) Walking Down Lexington Avenue (M. Rosa) – 2’10”
Marcello Rosa, Lucio Capobianco, Alberto Collatina, Aldo Josue (trnes),
Giancarlo Schiaffini (bass trne, tuba), Enrico Pieranunzi (p),
Roberto Della Grotta (el. bass), Massimo Rocci (drums).


lunedì 12 ottobre 2009

JAZZ A CONFRONTO 1 - BALANÇO - HORO HLL 101-1


Critics have defined Irio De Paula as “the most fascinating Brazilian guitarist” and indeed, throughout his log carreer (at only 6 years old, was already played in a band with his brothers and broadcast on the radio in Rio), he has played with the best musicians of his country: Paulo Moura, Baden Powell, Rauzinho, Djalma Ferreira, Juarez , and many others, from Astrud Gilberto to Chico Buarque.

He has recorded over 60 CDs and LPs, some solo and some with artists such as Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Dannie Richmond, Archie Shepp, Don Pullen, Ray Mantilla, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Franco D’andrea, and many others.

In the 1970s, Irio De Paula toured Europe with the brazilian singer Elza Soares, and after taking part in the Pescara jazz Festival with his own trio, he decided to stay and reside in Italy.


Credits:

Label: HORO
Catalog#: HLL 101-1
Format: LP

Country: Italy

Recorded at “Titania’s Studio”, Rome on 1972, December

Irio De Paula (g), Mandrake (perc),
Giorgio Rosciglione (bass), Afonso Vieira (drums, perc)


Tracklisting:

Side A

A1) Mato Grosso – 5’15”
A2) Astrud – 3’35”
A3) Nos Quatro – 11’40”



Side B

B1) Sbrogue – 6’15”
B2) Saudade – 4’25”
B3) Nao Quero Nem Saber 5’35”
B4) Ja Era

venerdì 9 ottobre 2009

Jazz A Confronto 1 - Irio De Paula

This is the artwork of the first volume, the only one with the band on right of a dark brown colour.
Then it was re-released with a white band, like the following cover


and reprinted once again with the artwork that you see in this post
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THE MUSIC COMING SOON...

giovedì 8 ottobre 2009

HORO Records by Aldo Sinesio

The HORO Records is one of the most prestigious italian jazz label, founded on 1972 by Aldo Sinesio.

First a filmmaker and later a great record producer, Sinesio has recorded artists as Sun Ra, Lester Bowie, Gil Evans, Max Roach, Archie Shepp and others top musician came to play in Italy during the ten-year spread from ’68 to ’78. He, realizing some of the greats jazz pages of those years, became a key figure in the international music movement, which in Italy played more than a secondary role.


The core of the HORO production was issued on three series:

The first is the HLL 101 “Jazz A Confronto” serie, the best for me, and a most largest of HORO.
In this serie, Sinesio puts to confrontation the italian jazz ways, recording the sounds of great masters like a Gianni Basso, Giorgio Gaslini, Renato Sellani, Giorgio Barigozzi, Oscar Valdambrini with that of the young lions, like a Mario Schiano, Enrico Rava, Massimo Urbani, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Enrico Pieranunzi.
In other recordings, of this same serie, he organized great encounter between the italians of jazz and the best americans jazzmen, like that one of Frank Rosolino and Gianni Basso & Enrico Pieranunzi, or that of Kenny Clarke with Santucci & Scoppa or still that between Johnny Griffin and Franco D’Andrea, Bruno Tommaso e Biriaco.

In the others two series, HZ and HDP, we find Gianni Morelenbaum Gualberto as assistant producer, and the HORO Records became the label of the new jazz vanguard, recording the searches of Don Pullen, George Adams, Dave Burrell, Stafford James, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, Ran Blake, Sam Rivers, Roy Haynes, David Murray, Karl Berger, Martial Solal, M.E.V., Byard Lancaster, Gunter Hampel, Burton Greene, Jeanne Lee, Freddie Hubbard and more, that document with extraordinary wealth of intuitions, the best pages of the jazz post-free of Seventy.



Detailed info:

1) HLL 101 “Jazz A Confronto” serie
35 records, released from 1973 to 1976
Recorded in Rome from 1972 to 1976 (except few date)
All records are a single sleeves cover, with four different artwork, changed across the years.
Also the artwork of labels changed consequently, except for the first and second blocks.


ARTWORK DETAILS

· Volumes from 1 to 5 :


The artwork is composed by a black drawing on a red background, by Angelo Canevari, with a vertical white band on right with the name of the artist.
The label of volumes from 1 to 5 is red.
First issue of volume 1 has the band on right of a dark brown colour, then it was re-released with a white band.
Selected titles were re-released with the artwork of the subsequent volumes.




· Volumes from 6 to 12 :


The artwork is composed by the same black drawing on a red background, by Angelo Canevari, with vertical red bands placed side by side, disposed on a white background.
The label of volumes from 6 to 12 is red.
Selected titles were re-released with the same sleeve artwork, but with a white label with a red stripe on center disposed horizontally (like 3 serie)



· Volumes from 13 to 24 :



The artwork is composed by a black picture of the artist placed on a horizontal bands background of different colours.
The label of volumes from 13 to 24 is white with a red stripe on center disposed horizontally.
Selected titles were re-released with the artwork and the labels of the subsequent volumes, but also with the white-red labels.



· Volumes from 25 to 35 :


The artwork is composed by a brown painting, by Sandro Lodolo, and a blue band with the name of the artist on top.
All volumes covers with this artwork are fully laminated.
The label of volumes from 25 to 35 is yellow with blue lettering.



2) HZ serie :



12 records, released from 1976 to 1979
Recorded in Rome from 1975 to 1978 (except where annotated)
All records are a single sleeve covers, fully laminated.
The label is yellow with blue lettering.



3) HDP serie :


21 records, released from 1976 to 1979
Recorded in Rome from 1976 to 1978 (except where annotated)
All records are double LP, with gatefold covers, fully laminated.
The label is yellow with blue lettering but the last six volumes are the orange label.



The last news from HORO, is a new web site
and various message by GGM, like this:
"Most of the albums will be reissued in CD within the next months..."