For the first time under the direction of a foreigner, Paolo Damiani, the French orchestra explores themes related to the Mediterranean area. With the help of special guests Anouar Brahem and Gianluigi Trovesi, the Italian musical director offers musical landscapes that encompass the various aspects of the region. The album opens with a suite penned by Trovesi, which digs deep into the Italian musical tradition, but also incorporates more recent influences from the Middle East and Africa. With the brass instruments in the forefront, it is definitely the most colorful and animated segment of the disc.
Paolo Damiani's dynamic play on the enlargement of the canonical form song, reveal a great deal of expressive characters and situations in the music. The collective conversation is with freedom and ease with an inclination in mesmerizing it's listeners with emotion through the dialogue between Girotto and Sclavis moving with restraint and fantasy.
In questo nuovo progetto di Paolo Damiani, compositore e Direttore del Dipartimento Jazz del Conservatorio S. Cecilia, Classico, Leggero e Jazz convivono felicemente, dimostrando l'inconsistenza di certe etichette, buone tutt'al più nei negozi di dischi. Le melodie di Mozart, Rodrigo, Gershwin, Corelli e Mussorgsky si incontrano con i temi di Damiani, in un poetico affresco di 'felici confusioni' esaltato dalle qualità liriche dei superbi solisti qui coinvolti, molti dei quali docenti di jazz presso il Conservatorio di Roma.
Casa del Jazz - a place that has become a mecca of jazz in Italii.Eto - a complex of buildings located in Rome (Villa Osio) .Concerts in the Casa del Jazz extend continuously, and acts as a lot of young performers from different European countries. Performers are also the best Italian jazz concerts which are published every year under the auspices of RadioCapital and newspaper La Repubblica.
The Mike Westbrook Orchestra's 1982 opus The Cortège, initially released as a sprawling three-disc vinyl set by Original Records (re-released on CD by Enja) and winner of that year's Grand Prix du Disque de Montreux, is an often stunning work of massive scope and an indisputable highlight of Westbrook's career. Originally commissioned by the Bracknell Jazz Festival in 1979 and subsequently performed at a number of European festivals, The Cortège is themed around the idea of a New Orleans funeral procession, from its dirges to its final exuberance, but this theme is used as a framework for excursions into territory that is pure Westbrook – namely a marriage of creative jazz orchestra and European poetry written by Federico García Lorca, Arthur Rimbaud, Hermann Hesse, William Blake, and others.
Prix Django Reinhardt, prix Boris Vian, prix audiovisuel de l'Europe, Django d'or, au fil des années, de clubs en concerts, d'enregistrements en festivals, à travers son jeu inventif et sa présence scènique, il s'est affirmé comme une des créatrices personnalités du jazz en europe. Le Monde, Francis Marmande : Le Big Band de Jean-Loup Longnon Trompettiste de tempérament, personnalité bruyante, Jean-Loup Longnon n'est jamais si vivant qu'à la tête de sa légion. Il aime les masses sonores, les chocs de sections, l'allégresse et la puissance que dégage une machine qui tourne. Il a les moyens de le faire savoir : l'entourage choisi, le goût de l'écriture et l'énergie communicative de la direction d'orchestre.
Launched ten years ago by the saxo player Pierre Bertrand and the trumpeteer Nicolas Folmer, the Paris Jazz Big Band is extremely famous on the French Jazz scene with many awards like the Victoires du Jazz and Django d’Or. It has been mostly recognized for its creative repertoire and the orchestra has performed with prestigious singers like Diana Krall; Johnny Griffin, Richard Galliano or Michel Legrand. The aim of this new repertoire « Source(s) » was to follow the tracks of culture an d music from Africa, South Mediterranea and Latin America.
After the success of their first album « A suivre », the PJBB members have now chosen the Mediterranean as a playground. In a festive and warm atmosphere, their music is sometimes full of energy, sometimes of sensuality. The big band is still conducted by trumpet player Nicolas Folmer and saxist Pierre Bertrand, who composed almost all the pieces, except for two that were composed by their guest, the accordion player Richard Galliano.
Guitarist Barthelemy has spent much of his career working with orchestras, both jazz and classical, and on this album he teams up again with the 13-piece Orchestre National De Jazz. Stylistically various, the programme here ranges from wild free-form to tightly arranged passages, sometimes in pastiche mood. This is exciting, exploratory Euro-jazz.