Thursday, February 17, 2022

Dominik Schürmann Trio featuring Max Ionata – Moons (April 8, 2022)

Dominik Schürmann Trio
feat. Max Ionata
Moons Ago (April 8th, 2022)

A wise man once said that it doesn’t matter where jazz goes as long as it takes the tradition with it. With Moons Ago (April 8th) Swiss bassist and bandleader Dominik Schürmann pays homage to the classic sound of 1950s & 60s jazz, through 12 original compositions.

Steeped in the hard-bop era tradition, Schürmann rounds up two fellow leading lights from the blossoming Swiss jazz scene and tops it off with renowned Italian saxophonist Max Ionata.

The repertoire itself - composed in entirety by Schürmann - may be unashamedly old school, but the delivery is fresh. A tongue-in-cheek twist on a Sinatra classic, lush ballads and a couple of latin grooves sit, of course, amongst some hard-swinging straight-ahead tunes. All new treatments, but reminiscent of the titans of yesteryear and their joyous recordings.
Bandleader Dominik himself is a longstanding regular on both the Swiss and international jazz scenes. With over 50 album credits and countless tours, he’s performed with the likes of Jorge Rossy, Hendrik Meurkens, Karl Ratzer, Luis Diego Bonilla, Oscar Klein, George Gruntz, Isla Eckinger, Vince Benedetti and many more.

On piano, Basel-based Italian Yuri Storione may be closer to the beginning of his career, but his impressive virtuosity and already-prolific output has seen him win plaudits from press and fans alike. Alongside him, the drum chair is occupied by Latvian drummer Janis Jaunalksnis; also Swiss based, the music showcases a musician both highly sensitive and deeply swinging.

Fronting the trio as special guest, Schürnmann’s choice of renowned Italian saxophonist Max Ionata is an astute addition to the group's modern-vintage blend. A veteran of the international jazz scene, Ionata emerged in the early 90s and has performed with many modern greats including Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Joe Locke, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer and compatriot Stefano Di Battista.

“His sensitive playing and soft, full sound lend the compositions exactly the appropriate timbre I was looking for. He has a strong sense of tradition and has developed his own personal sound.”

Together, they balance a respect for the tradition with an obvious desire to create something new; it’s likely to strike a chord with classic jazz fans and contemporary listeners alike.
1. Butterflies (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 3:51
2. The End Of A Bug Affair (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:26
3. Heureka (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:02
4. Autumn Breath (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 4:57
5. Ramba Samba (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 4:42
6. Moons Ago (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 6:06
7. Lonely Owl (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:18
8. Afternoon Song (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:53
9. Rainy Summer (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:11
10. Coffee Cat (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 5:27
11. Banana Dog (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 4:39
12. Malia‘s Waltz (comp. Dominik Schürmann) 4:58

Dominik Schürmann (Bass)
Max Ionata (Tenor Saxophone)
Yuri Storione (Piano)
Jãnis Jaunalksnis (Drums)

Recording date: 14th/15th November 2021
Recording place: Hammer Studio Basel/Switzerland
Online Editor/Distributor: Mons Records (
Sound Engineer: Hannes Kumke

Matthew Shipp / Chad Fowler - Old Stories (April 15, 2022 Mahakala Music)

“A duo is such a specific format, and I've done a lot of them,” reflects Matthew Shipp, one of New York's premier improvisational pianists for the past 40 years, who's worked with the likes of David S. Ware, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Ivo Perelman and many others. “I really relish the raw interaction of a duo. It's kind of a discipline — a very specific thing. It can present a whole dramatic compositional puzzle.” And to be sure, he considers purely extemporaneous improvisation to be an act of composition as much as anything. It's no accident that the pianist, associated with so-called free jazz for most of his life, sees Duke Ellington, a composer's composer, as a key inspiration.

Ellington was a fortuitous touchstone for Shipp to bring to his recent collaboration with Arkansas-based saxophonist Chad Fowler on Old Stories, their new album of duets on Mahakala Music. For his part, Fowler brought to the sessions a longstanding fascination with Ellington sideman (and alto saxophone pioneer) Johnny Hodges, though, like Shipp, this is expressed obliquely through Fowler's work with avant garde luminaries like Alvin Fielder, Douglas Ewart and Parker.

It was the latter bassist who indirectly brought Shipp and Fowler together. “I met Matt just last year at the Vision Festival, the free jazz event that William Parker and his wife run,” says Fowler. “I knew his music well, but I'd never met him in person. We ended up standing together, watching William Parker's band.” Sensing they were kindred spirits, they immediately made arrangements for a session at Park West Studios in Brooklyn.

Indeed, the duets heard on Old Stories comprise their first real interaction. “I think I talked to him on the phone for two minutes about the logistics,” recalls Fowler. “We barely even said hello before we started. And I think it shaped the session. He was in there playing Ellington tunes when I arrived, warming up. Really swinging, beautiful ballads. And then we just started recording. We never discussed anything beforehand. By far the longest conversation we had ever had was the musical conversation in the studio that day.”

That suited Shipp just fine. “We just started,” he recalls. “Jim Clouse the engineer said, 'Rolling,' and that was it. After every track, we'd take a second and we'd look at each other. Then, 'Are we on?' 'Yeah, you're on.' And we'd start again.” Having said that, Shipp notes that both players brought their musicianship to bear on every second, every beat. “You kind of just know, 'Okay, we've done this, this and this, so it's probably time to do something like this, texture-wise, because we haven't covered that. That process takes on a life of its own, and it just flows from there. Like, whoever does the first attack, the other is thinking, 'How is this piece going? What are we going to explore?' And that information is conveyed instantly at the beginning. That takes a lot of experience and musicianship.”

The tracks that emerged reveal two acute compositional minds at work in real time. “I consider myself a conceptualist and a musical thinker who is always going towards the coherence,” Shipp notes. “Even in what might be perceived as the most free form settings. Music is language, and any language has its own internal logic, its own internal waveform generating itself. If you're telling a story, which is what jazz is supposed to be about, you're dealing with a real internal language. And if it's an honest expression, you'll make sentences of sorts. Paragraphs.”

And, true to the album's title, these stories are weathered and worn, owing to the century-old reference points both players rely on. Yet there's tension in their contrasting approaches as well. “I get the sense that Chad's played a lot of R&B,” says Shipp. “I hear the Southern aspects of his playing. I also hear a lot of the second generation avant garde. I play mostly with East Coast, New York style players, and even though he's obviously capable of hanging in that realm, and does, he is a little different.”
Matthew Shipp by Daniel Sheehan
Chad Fowler

Fowler fully embraces the Southern flavors he's steeped in. “I grew up musically playing in Memphis with R&B bands, listening to Hi Records all the time. It used to be my goal to play sax the same way Al Green sings when he improvises. Even when playing completely raucous, noisy stuff, I think you can hear that I come from a blues sort of background.”

That, in turn, goes hand in hand with the respect both players have for the sounds of the jazz age, starting with Fowler's choice of instrument. Unlike most alto players, he favors an archaic straight alto, which Rahsaan Roland Kirk called a “stritch,” and the similarly shaped saxello. “Having a weird instrument changes my mindset when I play, in a way that I think is good,” Fowler says. “It's nice to think of it as not being a saxophone.”

And so, even amidst wailing, textural approaches, both players are capable of a lyricism that's not always associated with free playing. “Chad's a great musician — very responsive and sensitive. I hear a lot of Johnny Hodges in his playing,” says Shipp. “I asked him about that afterwards, and he said that's one of his favorite musicians. There's a lot of Duke Ellington in my playing, especially when I use really elegant chord voicings, and I hear Chad responding to that.”

Which brings us back to the musical coherence of these exploratory recordings. As Fowler reflects, “To me, this session, more than anything I've ever done, feels like composed songs. And I literally mean songs, because there are melodies and form and development. The track called 'Chapter 8,' which is the only piece where I play the saxcello, really sounds like we're reading written notes off a page.”

To Shipp, the title of the album and the chapters comprising it match the music perfectly. “It's a narrative,” he says. “A novel of sorts. And even if your story is new, it's a rearranging of elements. All the new stories are old, in some ways. We seem to have been prepared for it, somehow. It was a real delight. Between the freshness of a new encounter and being prepared, that balance is really there. That's what makes it vibrant and exciting for me.”

Or, as Fowler puts it, “When you listen to it, it feels like we already knew each other, like we're old friends, even though we had barely talked to each other before that. So it felt like the old shared stories that we tell, that reference events that neither of us has experienced.”

Alex Greene

1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII
9. Chapter IX
10. Chapter X
11. Chapter XI
12. Chapter XII
13. Chapter XIII
14. Chapter XIV

Matthew Shipp - piano
Chad Fowler - stritch, saxello

Peace Flag Ensemble - This City Is A Queen (March 29, 2022 We Are Busy Bodies)

Peace Flag Ensemble return with standalone single This City Is A Queen, their contribution to Piano Day, which takes place on March 29.

Having recently moved, Jon Neher was able to relocate his childhood piano to his new home. What it lacked in tuning it more than made up for in nostalgia. Neher states “There’s a lot of complicated emotions wrapped up on the improvisation and I think the recording is a great representation of how I’m feeling, gingerly entering a new stage in my life.” Neher is joined by the piece by Dalton Lam on flugelhorn and Michael Scott Dawson contributing “other sounds”. It also marks the first time the free jazz collective has used percussion, with the succinct introduction of their newest member Mike Thievin on the trap set.

1. This City Is A Queen 04:33

Daltan Lam - Flugelhorn
Jonathon Neher - Piano
Michael Scott Dawson - Synths

Mastering - Noah Mintz

Survival Unit III - The Art of Flight: For Alvin Fielder (March 18, 2022 Astral Spirits)

"To rush at the wind and having caught it, to soar." - Unknown

Astral Spirits and the Instigation Festival are proud to announce the first release on Instigation Records: "The Art of Flight: For Alvin Fielder" by Survival Unit III (Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Joe McPhee (tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet), Michael Zerang (percussion).

This set finds the trio breaking new ground - Lonberg-Holm going sans electronics for the first time in Survival Unit III's storied discography - while displaying the mastery of sonic shade and deft interplay that's been their hallmark over the past sixteen plus years.

Beautifully recorded at the New Orleans Jazz Museum during the 2018 Instigation Festival, the night was fittingly historic: Survival Unit III performed the middle set of a three act bill featuring Ken Vandermark's Marker (released as Roadwork 1 on Vandermark's Audiographic imprint) and the final performance of McPhee (filling in last minute for an ill Kidd Jordan) with legendary drummer and beloved AACM elder Alvin Fielder to whom this album is dedicated. That set - with James Singleton on bass to round out the trio - will be released on LP in 2023 as the third title on Instigation Records.

With precious few recordings of Survival Unit III, every new release is a cause for celebration, and a perfect encapsulation of the spirit of the festival: honoring the history by crafting the future.

Instigation Records serves to release historic documents from the Instigation Festival archive and highlight new work by members of the festival's expansive community. Founded in 2016 by guitarist & improviser Steve Marquette and movement artist Marie Casimir, the Instigation Festival hosts a biannual week of interdisciplinary performance between the Chicago and New Orleans improvised music, movement and video arts communities. 

1. Part I
2. Part II
3. Part III
4. Part IV
5. Part V

Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)
Joe McPhee (tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet)
Michael Zerang (percussion)

Warped Dreamer - Lomahongva (February 2022 Off - record label)

A “dream line-up” is possibly the best way to describe Warped Dreamer. Few quartets succeed in bowling over their audiences in such diverse ways as this quartet led by drummer Teun Verbruggen. This versatile Belgian percussionist puts together four top-notch musicians from the Belgian and Norwegian scenes, who bring out the best in each other on stage. Teun likes to be startled by collaborations with wayward musicians, musicians who inspire him because they rediscover and reinvent themselves each time again. He had already hooked up with trumpeter Arve Henriksen and with Jozef Dumoulin (Rhodes) previously. Guitarist Stian Westerhus is the right fit and perfectly complements the quartet. Include a big display of effects pedals and you get a music genre that defies any attempt at classification.

Free improvisation, jazz residue and electronic interventions/manipulations are woven together in an organically flowing crossover that both hints at a Northern vastness and utilises a complex inner map that guides the audience past labyrinthine horizons, intricate textures and spontaneous interactions. As such, they incorporate both crackling, whirling walls of sound and claustrophobic whispers. 

Warped Dreamer is definitely looking forward in a way that makes the question whether it’s in or out completely irrelevant. It’s everywhere at once. The band gets its name from an Othin Spake composition, another of Teun Verbruggen’s experimental bands, and also shares the same fickle, mysterious city vibe. If you like improv, you are in for a treat!

Cd/dvd/lp, a collaboration between Off and Rat Records. 

1. Kenda 11:12
2. Nahimana 09:34
3. Sahpooly 08:13
4. Odahingum 15:57
5. Tehya 09:07

Arve Henriksen: Trumpet, flute, voice and electronics
Stian Westerhus: Guitar and electronics
Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes and electronics
Teun Verbruggen: Drums and electronics

Giovanni Di Domenico / Arve Henriksen / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - Distare Sonanti (February 2022 Off - record label)

Following the release of the highly acclamed album Clinamen in 2010 ( see also: ORT002: Giovanni Di Domenico - Arve Henriksen - Tatsuhisa Yamamoto / Clinamen ), Giovanni Di Domenico started in the beginning 2012 to listen back to the recordings of the sessions and decided to publish some unreleased tracks. You can now discover them on the new album Distare Sonanti.

Originally released in digital on Off and on cd by either/OAR record label ( USA)

1. Mlouk 06:07
2. Charivari 07:05
3. Alma Venus 07:32
4. Naked Skin Of Empty Spaces 02:09
5. Sahel Glace 10:38
6. Sensire 05:27

Arve Henriksen : Trumpet, Voice
Giovanni Di Domenico : Piano, Fender Rhodes, Electronics
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto : Drums, Percussions

Giovanni Di Domenico / Arve Henriksen / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - Clinamen (February 2022 Off - record label)

Pianist/composer Giovanni Di Domenico formed this trio because of the extremely special quality of the sound he wanted to achieve within a musical group, and the choice of the musicians involved in it is extremely related to that special quality.

Clinamen, in ancient roman philosopher Lucretius’s ‘De Rerum Natura’, is the magic force that makes an atom to change direction during it’s fall and thus be able to hit other atoms and ‘create’ Energy and Life.It’s not a law, it happens by ‘chance’…

This new exploratory musical unit takes inspiration from Lucretius’s theory to create melodies and sound scapes, to play with the inner and most special matter of the “sound” of each and all of the 3 members. Di Domenico’s open compositions will be integrated by Henriksen’s and Yamamoto’s extreme transparent approach to their instrument, making them breath and have an extra special quality.

1. Hyrje 05:28
2. Aide 04:48
3. Silence Is Twice As Fast Backwards 06:29
4. Nakizuni 00:56
5. Mask That Eats Water 05:46
6. Vatos 08:35
7. Idiot Glee 06:57
8. Aether Talk (For Joao) 03:12
9. Fanno il deserto e lo chiamano pace 05:43
10. Clinamen 04:21

Arve Henriksen : Trumpet, Voice
Giovanni Di Domenico : Piano, Fender Rhodes, Electronics
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto : Drums, Percussions

Sylvain van Iniitu ~ plays Django Reinhardt (February 2022 Off - record label)

Sylvain about his album:

"To be honest, I was not a fan of Django Reinhardt at first. His untouchable iconic status, his guitar virtuosity emulating hordes of followers eager to imitate him to the nearest note, the emphasis on speed and dexterity in his playing : all this was enough to put me off from the start. While the guitar was my first instrument, I almost instantly turned to the opposite path: saturation, approximation, obscurity, experimentation, slowness. In short, a dead end.

Twenty years later, a few good lessons learned along the way, I finally discovered the man behind the music, and it is above all this that pushed me to listen again, differently. First of all, to be touched by the story of a precociously gifted musician, who lived through a catastrophe that completely incapacitated him (let's remember that at 18, he was seriously burned in a fire in his trailer and lost the use of two fingers on his left hand) and who somehow found the strength to completely reinvent his playing: not only to find, compensate, but finally to surpass what he had previously achieved. Then, to become aware that this musician did not live alone, but in a community of friends, of encounters, and in his discovery through various encounters of jazz, to take the measure of his instantaneous capacity to assimilate and syncretize a new music.

In the meantime, I stopped playing guitar and spent the last few years developing a sequencer that I tell myself is "home-made", but in fact owes a lot to an invisible community : the one that develops microcontroller technology, makes software available online to everyone, describes in tutorials how to let them drive synthesizers and expanders through the MIDI protocol. A sequencer in which I have been implementing for years routines that give a lot of space to chance, but which also define the limits within which it can play freely. In this case, this machine allowed me, from a digitization of Django Reinhardt's pieces, to use fragments of them, and to vary them as I pleased, with a bit of hazard. In all this, who is the author of what you will hear ? Django, the Technique, the programmers who ensure the intermediate stages of digitization, those who built the instruments, me?

Usually associated with a whole guitar mythology, some of Django Reinhardt's pieces are here translated into completely synthetic versions, with the help of a home-made sequencer, whose playing parameters can be randomly modified. A way to explore transformations, processes, limits of legibility and recognition, a mise en abîme of virtuosity through technique, an apology of simulacrum and infinite transformations, of the recycling nature of creativity, a passage from the burnt hand that plays to the incapable hand that codes...

A path of wandering between creative fire and cold technical complexity, I hope it will take you beyond the disfigurement to find a familiar figure in a new light." 

1. Tea for Two 06:05
2. Perfume 04:26
3. Improvisation n°7 04:44
4. Sweet Georgia Brown 08:28
5. Perfume - Alternative Take 04:20
6. The Man I Love 09:24
7. Improvisation n°7 - Alternative Take 04:16
8. Sweet Georgia Brown - Alternative Take 04:22
9. Louise 05:04
10. Sweet Georgia Brown - Alternative 2 12:42

Matt Hoyne - Big Vibe (February 2022)

This album was conceived and recorded on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

This album was created as part of the Emergence series and has been gratefully supported by the Victorian government through Creative Victoria.

Big Vibe is available for digital download via bandcamp with 50% of all album sales going to Pay the Rent -

1. Big Vibe 07:44
2. Ironic Tom 05:41
3. Humble Pie 09:00
4. Alice 07:38
5. Straight Path 07:46
6. Down Home 06:24
7. Hollydays 09:04
8. Short And Sweet 04:03
9. Marathon 07:35

Big Vibe was recorded live at Uptown Jazz Cafe on December 21st 2021.

Music recorded, mixed and mastered by Jem Savage.

Matt Hoyne on guitar
Matt Steele on piano
Robbie Finch on bass
Lewis Pierre on drums

Crispino / Gallo / Pighi / Zorzi - Le Quattro Verità (February 2022)

Una roboante allegoria del mito della caverna, un’indagine sonora alla scoperta di ciò che è tangibile o illusorio, una discussione sulla natura stessa della realtà: prodotto da Dodicilune, distribuito in Italia e all’estero da IRD e nei migliori store on line da Believe, martedì 15 febbraio esce “Le Quattro Verità” del quartetto formato da Luca Crispino (contrabbasso elettrico), Danilo Gallo (basso elettrico), Luca Pighi (batteria) e Roberto Zorzi (chitarra elettrica). Nella sua spontaneità, il cd è un atto sovversivo che celebra un messaggio senza filtri libero da manipolazioni esterne. “Le Quattro Verità” nasce, infatti, da una ripresa in studio di una sessione di libera improvvisazione dalla quale emergono quattro ambientazioni sonore racchiuse in quattro tracce distinte: “La prima verità” (la caverna e le ombre), “La seconda verità” (via di fuga), “La terza verità” (uscita), “La quarta verità” (la realtà non è ciò che sembra).

Chitarrista e compositore padovano, Luca Crispino si avvicina al jazz nel 1997 provenendo da esperienze rock, blues e prog. In questo periodo ha l'opportunità di partecipare ad interessanti progetti di fusione tra i generi coltivando sempre più la sua attenzione verso lo studio, la pratica e la natura dell'improvvisazione musicale. Dal 2000 esercita la professione artistica esibendosi dal vivo in varie formazioni e partecipando ad importanti rassegne musicali e festival nazionali. Sempre dallo stesso anno inizia a dedicarsi all' insegnamento e allo studio della musica sperimentale. Nel 2013 si trasferisce a Verona dove è tra i creatori del Centro di Formazione Musicale Moderna Artingegno. Collabora attivamente con diversi artisti ed ensemble, operando in produzioni discografiche ed esibizioni live. Ad oggi Luca Crispino alterna la sua attività di musicista, sia sul palco che in studio, alla didattica ed alla ricerca musicale.

Musicista curioso, ecclettico, trasversale, Danilo Gallo partecipa a numerosi progetti che spaziano dal jazz alla musica etnica, all’improvvisazione radicale, all'avanguardia, dal pop al rock. Svolge attività concertistica da circa 25 anni. Suona regolarmente nei più importanti festival e club di tutto il mondo. È leader dei gruppi Dark dry tears, Gallo & the roosters, Midnight lilacs feat. Marc Ribot, Mickey Finn + Cuong Vu, Guano Padano e suona come sideman in molte formazioni. Tra i tanti musicisti con cui ha avuto il piacere di suonare si ricordano Uri Caine, Marc Ribot, Trilok Gurtu, Bill Frisell, Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, Gary Lucas, Mike Patton, Elliot Sharp, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Wayne Horvitz, Seamus Blake, Cuong Vu, Anthony Coleman, Ben Perowsky, Steven Bernstein, Don Moye, Ralph Alessi, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golson, John Tchicai, Steve Grossman, e gli italiani Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Francesco Bearzatti, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Roberto Ottaviano.

Nato a Verona nel 1964, Luca Pighi inizia a suonare la batteria giovanissimo. Nel 1978 si iscrive al Centro Istruzione Musicale Franco Bignotto di Verona poi successivamente all'Accademia di Musica Moderna di Milano. Negli anni collabora con varie formazioni e progetti musicali abbracciando più generi. Nel 1981 entra a far parte di una storica band rock-progressive veronese, i Francesco Baracca Pilota, successivamente collabora con Martino Consoli nel gruppo Mallo's Band grazie al quale partecipa ad importanti festival quali Premio Ciampi e Premio Musica Triveneto. Con Ruggero Falziroli, Marcello Adami, Daniele Tanto e Stefano Castellani forma gli Shmir Hotel, gruppo rock psichedelico. Fondatore del gruppo Elicotteri, di impostazione grounge che, dopo aver aperto i concerti di band quali Disciplinatha, UK Subs, Yo-Yo Mundi, esce, per la Toast Records di Torino, l'omonimo cd Elicotteri. Il disco raccoglie critiche incoraggianti e suscita l'interesse di John Peel della BBC. Con Marcello Adami, Claudia Bidoli e Federico Mosconi, inizia la sperimentazione che darà vita al gruppo E102 realizza l album “Nudo” e “Piuma”. Suona con i Daniel Sous & Funky, Outsiders, Cheesy Orchestra,Federico Mahjong Conti, Kay Foster e Ginger Brew, James Thompson e Gianluca Tagliavini.

Nel mondo della musica dal 1979, Roberto Zorzi è stato tra i primi ideatori del festival “Verona Jazz”, in questo fervente contesto ha avuto modo di collaborare con molti musicisti, coinvolgendoli, dal 1988 ad oggi, in svariati progetti musicali, discografici e dal vivo. Membro fondatore della storica band New Abdominaux Dangereux, ha goduto del consenso di Elliott Sharp, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Denardo Coleman, Joey Baron, Franco D'Andrea, Albert Mangelsdorff, Ernst Rejiseger, Scott Amendola, Roberto Ottaviano, Michael Manring, Chris Cutler, Charles Hayward e altri. Tutto documentato in circa 20 album.

L’etichetta Dodicilune è attiva dal 1996 e dispone di un catalogo di quasi 300 produzioni di artisti italiani e stranieri. Distribuiti nei negozi in Italia e all'estero da IRD, i dischi Dodicilune possono essere acquistati anche online, ascoltati e scaricati sulle maggiori piattaforme del mondo grazie a Believe.

1 - La Prima Verità (24:04)
2 - La Seconda Verità (10:51)
3 - La Terza Verità (13:13)
4 - La Quarta Verità (12:25)

All compositions by Luca Crispino, Danilo Gallo,
Luca Pighi, Roberto Zorzi (Dodicilune edizioni)

Luca Crispino - upright electric bass, fx
Danilo Gallo - electric bass, fx, albanian flute (2)
Luca Pighi - drums
Roberto Zorzi - electric guitar, fx

Produced by Luca Crispino and Maurizio Bizzochetti, Gabriele Rampino, Dodicilune
Label manager Maurizio Bizzochetti (
Recorded 26 July 2020 at Ritmo&Blu, Pozzolengo (Bs), Italy
Mixed and mastered 1 September 2020 at Ritmo&Blu, Pozzolengo (Bs), Italy
Sound engineer Stefano Castagna
Cover artwork by Luca Crispino
Photos by Nicoletta Ferrari, Roberto Masotti, Stefano Castagna, Kathya West
Danilo Gallo endorses Fattoria Mendoza pedals and Dogal Strings

Rosario Di Leo - Homotempus (Auand Records)

Rosario Di Leo, Homotempus: Distant worlds and different genres in the Sicilian pianist and composer’s new album

An enthusiastic and curious musician, Italian pianist and composer Rosario Di Leo has always approached music (and art in general) with a free, inquisitive spirit. Sicily-born and well-traveled, Di Leo is now releasing his new album “Homotempus” on Auand Records. Besides contemporary jazz, this work embraces prog, film and classical music.

«I do prefer not to define it at all – Di Leo says – since a definition is also a limitation. I am a music devourer, I stay away from preconceptions, although I have my preferences, of course. Too many things inspire me, so it might sound confusing. I studied Bach and grew up playing Dream Theater. I graduated in piano and jazz arrangement. I like creativity, and I see no differences. I love rigorous compositions as well as improvisation, fast rhythms as well as ethereal sounds.»

The band features longtime collaborator Riccardo Grosso on double bass, Bernardo Guerra on drums and Korea-born, Sicily-based Sunah Choi on cello. Even if all of them are amazing players – as Di Leo adds – Choi stands out in the project. «She is the real distinguishing feature of this work. I’ve always thought about the cello sound for my music, and she takes it to new, exotic soundscapes. I am always looking for inspiration from Eastern and Middle-Easter sounds, and her contribution was essential in these compositions.»

Released under Auand Records, “Homotempus” will be avabilable on Bandcamp from January 7, 2022. Singles will start being available (biweekly) on all streaming platforms from December 10, 2021.

The 11 tunes in the tracklist belong to different times and places. As Di Leo recalls, some are new, while some others are much older. «There is not a central idea, but there are recurring themes. I write a lot of diverse music. Sometimes I go back to my old material, trying to enhance it, fix it or throw it away. For this album, planets started to align at some point. The right people, the right instruments, and the right timing. I’ve been working on it for three years and I never wanted to rush it. I waited until it sounded like I had it in my head.»

While the cover depicts the leader’s hometown (Centuripe, Sicily), the album title brings two Latin words together (“man” and “time”), and it reveals a philosophical approach to the concept of time: «The obsession for time, and the attempt to control it, have always affected our species. This fascinates me and disturbs me at the same time.» 

1. Flower's Life 06:02
2. Aria nuova 06:16
3. Siciltango 04:38
4. L'uomo e il tempo 05:42
5. Far Away 06:42
6. Istantanea 06:46
7. Liens 05:50
8. Strong 03:58
9. Giant Steps 03:48
10. The Dark Side Of Mid-East 05:20
11. Grandioso ad mortem 07:04

Rosario Di Leo - piano, synth, drum machine
Sunah Choi - cello
Riccardo Grosso - double bass
Bernardo Guerra - drums

Recorded at Sonoria Studio (Scordia, CT, Italy) by Vincenzo Cavalli
Mixed by Vincenzo Cavalli and Rosario Di Leo
Mastered by Giuseppe Palmeri
Cover photo by Salvo La Spina
Graphic Design by Giulia Barbanera