Comparing Jazz 24 - Enrico Pieranunzi

Discography (labels) from the 70s

Album recorded by pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi for the “Jazz a Confronto” series. The album was recorded in June 1975 at the Titania Studios in Rome and published by the Horo label

Enrico Pieranunzi: piano/Bruno Tommaso: double bass/Ole Jorgensen: drums

On the same day as his participation in the recording of a record recorded in Rome by the American trombonist of Sicilian origins Frank Rosolino for the Jazz a Confronto recording series of the Horo label, Enrico Pieranunzi performs a concert of classical music, preparatory to the diploma, on scores of Fryderyk Chopin at Castel Sant'Angelo. In doubt whether to follow the classical or jazz path, the pianist shortly thereafter opted for the second choice, despite cultivating a passionate interest in both musical branches throughout his career, so much so that he overlapped them and made them coincide several times in his recording works. . The transition phase from the role of session man in the studio to that of recording the album Jazz a Confronto 24 with a trio formation, with Bruno Tommaso and Ole Jorgensen, represents for the young pianist, beyond the path of maturation that will take place later, a crucial moment in his career for at least two reasons: the album turns out to be the testing ground to measure himself more with the writing of original songs, a component that in the following years will become increasingly decisive for the definition of his own language as well as that linked to extemporaneous performance. Second aspect, the excellent quality of the recorded material brings Enrico Pieranunzi to the attention of music critics in the sector as a revelation of the new Italian jazz scene which in Rome in the mid-Seventies was trying to carve out a space for growth and achievement. As regards the two musicians accompanying the Roman pianist, it must be underlined that at the time the Italian jazz scene was still largely devoid of double bass players and drummers; consequently those few who were active were often requested in studio sessions by the leaders of the various groups on the jazz circuit. Bruno Tommaso and the Danish drummer Ole Jorgensen were part of this small group: the former, a double bass player and composer with a solid musical background, had studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. The second arrived in Italy to accompany the pianist and singer Bruno Martino, who was very famous in Denmark at the time, and for a series of performances in Versilia he had highlighted himself in the Italian jazz scene and shortly after entered the trio formation of the Roman pianist

The entire material recorded on analogue support was digitized and restored by the sound engineers of the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome under the supervision of Paolo Marra, curator of the Jazz Archive in Rome.

by double bass player Bruno Tommaso

Jazz compared 24 - Enrico Pieranunzi

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