The Rome Sessions

Discography (labels) from the 70s

Album entitled "The Rome Sessions" by clarinetist Bill Smith and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi.

The record, released by the label Edipan in 1998, contains the recordings made by Bill Smith and Enrico Pieranunzi at the Emmequattro Studios in Rome in 1977, 1978 and 1980 of the albums “Sonorities” and “Colours“, with the addition of two unpublished works recorded in November 1997.

From the end of the 1950s, the American clarinetist and composer Bill Smith came to Italy on several occasions, to stay there even for long periods. California collaborator of pianist Dave Brubeck (both, years ago, had been pupils of the French composer Darius Milhaud) and drummer Shelly Manne, the clarinetist in Italy plays with the trumpeter Nunzio Rotondo and writes compositions and arrangements for Armando Trovajoli's orchestra. At the Music Inn, where he often performs, he meets, thanks to Pepito Pignatelli, the young pianist Enrico Pieranunzi. Both have a background rooted in European contemporary music (Bill Smith performs scores of classical music under the name of William O. Smith).

Between 1977 and 1980 the two musicians recorded together the albums in duo, trio and quartet "Sonorities" and "Colours", respectively with Giovanni Tommaso and Pepito Pignatelli and two other young jazz musicians from the Roman scene, Bruno Tommaso and Roberto Gatto.

Use: on the occasion of the release of the album "The Rome Sessions", Bill Smith and Enrico Pieranunzi meet again in the studio to record two songs "I Can't Get Started" and "Koto Variations"

by double bass player Bruno Tommaso

album The Rome Sessions

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