STe­fAno Bol­lAni Trio

Jazz at Ber­lin Phil­har­monic (ACT 9849-2/Planet)

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

Col­lab­o­ra­tions between or­ches­tras and jazz mu­si­cians gen­er­ally flat­ter nei­ther party, the for­mer re­duced to lame back­grounds and the lat­ter straight jack­eted by the sur­round­ing rigid­ity. Break­ing that mould, this al­bum draws to­gether Ital­ian mu­sic rang­ing across Mon­teverdi, Rota, Mor­ri­cone, Rossini, Leon­cav­allo and Puc­cini, with the right ar­ranger/con­duc­tor (Geir Lysne), or­ches­tra (Ber­lin Phil­har­monic), fea­tured guest (ac­cor­dion­ist Vin­cent Peirani) and jazz trio (pi­anist Ste­fano Bol­lani, bassist Jes­per Bodilsen and drum­mer Martin Lund). Bol­lani, among the most ef­fer­ves­cent mu­si­cians alive, digs the play­ful­ness out of Rota’s Ama­cord and Rossini’s Largo al fac­to­tum with all the joy of a child in a sand­pit. Mean­while Lysne gives the 14 au­gust or­ches­tra mem­bers meaty ar­range­ments that am­plify the im­pro­vis­ing flair rather than con­strain­ing it. If you ever doubted the truth that all mu­sic is one,

this will con­vince you.

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