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Press review of the 70s

Review signed by Arrigo Polillo of the pianist Enrico Pieranunzi's album entitled "The Day After the Silence”. appeared in the weekly magazine Panorama (May 1977).

Arrigo Chicken was one of the most important Italian music critics, as well as organizer together with Pino Maffei, from 1956 to 1966, of the Sanremo Jazz Festival. La manifestazione ligure ospita nei dieci anni di attività, anche in conseguenza della stretta collaborazione di Polillo con gli impresari e manager Norman Granz e George Wein, diversi nomi del panorama del jazz internazionale, tra cui, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, gli europei Lars Gullin, Martial Solal e gli italiani Giorgio Gaslini, Franco Cerri, Nunzio Rotondo, Gianni Basso e Oscar Valdambrini, Gianfranco Intra.

In 1945 he founded, together with the journalist and lyricist Giancarlo Testoni, the magazine "Jazz music“, of which he is editor-in-chief and later director. Furthermore, in 1956 he began to write for "Il Giorno" (newspaper founded by the ENI engineer Enrico Mattei with the publisher Cino del Duca) in the section "Jazz around the world“. He joined Mondadori two years later (where he will later hold the role of Personnel Director), edited the columns, with articles and reviews, which appeared in the two new magazines published in that period by the Milanese publishing house: era and the next Panorama (on the latter, Polillo's column is entitled "Jazz and pop music"). In 1958 the well-known critic released his first volume entitled "Modern Jazz. Postwar music“. In October 1975 Mondadori published the main work of Arrigo Polillo (among the most complete and important in world non-fiction dedicated to Jazz), “Jazz: the story and the protagonists of Afro-American music“.

Use: L’articolo a firma di Arrigo Polillo riguardante il disco in piano solo “The Day After the Silence” di Enrico Pieranunzi, allora giovane esordiente, rappresenta un’eccezione per il periodo, in quanto la tendenza generale della stampa italiana era quella di dare maggiore attenzione ai lavori di grandi nomi del jazz internazionale.

by double bass player Bruno Tommaso

Article by Arrigo Polillo

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