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FRANCO TONANI"NIGHT IN FONORAMA"
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Italian Jazz TOP NOTCH album, among the most Rare and desired items in entire Jazz collectors circle.
ORIGINAL 1964 JUKE BOXE label MONO pressing, Catalog#. JLP 330018, Made In Italy.
LOUD/DEEP fantastic original quality pressing sounding like the best Rudy Van Gelder's best cuts released on 180-200gr. vinyl. Record sounds very nice for such old copy despite its visual grade. Visually could be a VG-- copy with some visible marks on one side and other local surface marks on the other. Incredibly deeper marks only sound with soft ticks for some seconds thanks to the heavy vinyl quality, rest of the album sounds almost perfect with just some local background noises. Visual: VG-, Sound: VG++/EX. You can listen to the soundclip down here to check (and ask the whole rip if you need confirms). Cover is in lovely solid EX shape, perfect front and rear, minimal wear on borders. Don't sleep on this HIGHLY-COLLECTABLE TOP SHAPE copy.
EURO JAZZ masterpiece from Italy 1960s impossible to find nowadays and a sparkling session that features the work of a young Gato Barbieri, plus trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, pianist Franco D'Andrea, and bassist Giovanni Tommaso. Drummer Franco Tonani leads the session – but maybe the best work is by Ambrosetti, who's got a lot of Miles Davis in his horn at this point, and by D'Andrea, who's warm and lyrical, with none of the self-indulgence of later years. Barbieri lacks the fire of his great recordings, but his tenor's also nice and strong – and he adds some of the rougher edges to the session, in a nice counterpoint to Ambrosetti's sweeter horn. Dope Jazz drumming jam on "DRUM-DING", 2-minutes of Tonani's drums solo. This album represents an explosive mix of Hard Bop elements to Modern and Contemporary Jazz.
SIDE TWOJUNIOR'S IDEA (Ambrosetti)
STELLA BY STARLIGHT (Young)
"Night in Fonorama. And it was a night in the real meaning of the word, that the five jazzmen spent at the Fonorama, one of the most important studios in Milano. It was the night of May the 31st 1964. They met at nine o' clock in the evening, and they saw the day-break on a working Milano while they still were trying to perfectionate the last tune. We said they «met»: and no word is more significative to indicate the meeting of the five musicians at the studio. There was nothing decided before: neither the pieces to be recorded, nor even the least idea of arrangement. They met and decided the pieces to record. It was not even necessary to establish an order for the solos. Some notes to warm up the instruments, and then they started with the first tune, as if they had always played together. Naturally these sessions, particulary in Italy, never are spontaneous: generally there must be someone to create the opportunity. In this case the « promoter », was the drummer Franco Tonani. « A real jazz record, just like I wanted it and like I felt it », - said Tonani. And to have it, he reunited himself with some well-known musicians: Lee . Gato , Barbieri, an Italo-Argentine tenor-sax who is showing his value day and day more; Franco Ambrosetti, the young son of the well-known Swiss musician Flavio; Giovanni Tommaso, who is doubtless the best jazz-bassist now in Italy, and at last an o outsider -: Franco D'Andrea. I think he'll not take the word « outsider »: in a bad way: it's evident that with this record he really deserves to be recognised as one of the best european pianists. But let's pass oil to a consideration of the pieces: Vamos originally created by Ambrosetti and Barbieri. It's a piece full of drive; to remark not only the ability and the style « ? la page» of Barbieri and Ambrosetti but also the excellent beat of Tommaso (very good his solo), of Tonani and of Franco D'Andrea, measured and precise either as accompanist or as soloist. We have a further proof of D'Andrea's ability in the next piece U-Boat, played in trio. D'Andrea reveals clearly to have reached a maturity through his clever and strong playing, particularly In the interesting « duo » with Tommaso. Tonani is a very good supporter and shows his class in Drum-ding. Every musician and jazz amateur knows how difficult may be a solo of drums, specially when on record. Well! Tonani has passed the test excellently. His solo is a mixture of modern phrasing, of ideas and of very good exactness of tempo. Junior's Idea is the beloved tune of Ambrosetti, who created it, trying to execute it whenever possible. Today lie is not only a very passionate and young trumpet player, but he got more maturity, a validity of style, a search in expression, really rare to find in European jazz. To prove it, is sufficient his solo in this piece, a solo that finds a reply in another excellent solo of Lee Barbieri equally discursive though more strong, more violent, more exasperating modern. In this piece there is also a very good rhythmic support - as in the other pieces - and a Tommaso's solo which is particularly worth of notice. Stella by Starlight, another piece which seems really created to reveal the musical possibilities of every musician of the quintet. Solar is an evident tribute of Ambrosetti to Miles Davis; but most of all remarkable is the atmosphere created by these musicians, an atmosphere that adds interest to a record of particular importance and of unrepeatable spon-taneity. PINO MAFFEI"
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