Belle Époque is Michele Tino's debut album, out on Auand on June 4th.
A sax player born and raised in Italy, Michele Tino comes to his first work as leader after learning the ropes with such names as Camilla Battaglia, Michelangelo Scandroglio, Alessandro Lanzoni, The Auanders, Purple Whales and Federica Colangelo “Acquaphonica”.
The tracklist, entirely penned by Tino, covers a wide timeframe as well as very different styles, influences, and moods, by merging traditional and contemporary approach. A compelling lyricism pervades every track, playing with balanced dynamics and sense of proportion.
Michele Tino formed his quartet in 2018, when he got back to Florence after finishing his studies in Amsterdam.
It still features Simone Graziano (piano, Fender Rhodes, and synth), Gabriele Evangelista (double bass), and Bernardo Guerra (drums). They met and started collaborating a long time ago, and it felt natural for him to have them in his first band as a leader. This allowed them to add a deeper understanding to their already strong relationship.
Rehearsed and played live for a long time, each composition had been carefully shaped until it fits the whole album idea of density. Last but not least, Francesco Ponticelli’s contribution was precious, as much as his Cicaleto studio where the album was recorded.
2 Between Hands
6 Ara Pacis
7 Shark's Genocide
8 Her Choice
Michele Tino - alto and tenor saxophone
Simone Graziano - piano, Fender Rhodes, synths
Gabriele Evangelista - double bass
Bernardo Guerra - drums
Recorded at Cicaleto (Arezzo) on November 6-8, 2020 by Francesco Ponticelli
Mixed at Cicaleto (Arezzo) on December 2020 by Francesco Ponticelli
Mastered at GreenBrain on February 2021 by Stefano Bechini
produced by Michele Tino
executive producer: Marco Valente
cover photo by Maria Rosaria Santo and Guglielmo Tino
inner photos by Caterina Di Perri