Iponcontrio is a jazz trio from Salerno formed by Bruno Salicone on piano, Francesco Galatro on double bass and Armando Luongo on drums. Their jazz is classical, in the fullest sense of the term, because it contains all the different urges that animated the world jazz of the post-war period. The famous standard "The end of a love affair" (brought to success by Billie Holiday, above all) is here ironically declined in reverse, given the young age of the musicians.
In Italy, jazz is experiencing a new dawn of success (come to think of it, it is perhaps the first) and "The beginning of a love affair" is a very nice record, highly recommended for lovers of instrumental jazz, those who go with an elegant spirit to the Casa del Jazz, Villa Celimontana, Umbria Jazz or the Eddie Lang Jazz Festival in Monteroduni.
Iponcontrio – production
In fact, "The beginning of a love affair" is a record of love and about love. Each of the three has put something of his own, a legacy, a memory, a hope, a regret, and the record is fresh and persuasive, enveloping and sparkling, demonstrating the brilliant artistic harmony of this trio, already winner of the second edition of the European Jazz Contest in 2009.
To add a little spice to all the sugar, the album included Dutch trumpeter Jean-Paul Estievenart as host, who was a collaborator of Paolo Fresu and Furio Di Castri. The nine tracks on this album go up and down like a swing, between the light-hearted and decisive flashes of "Down to the South" and the slow dream tunnels of "Flying looking your eyes", with a style similar to that of Charles Mingus first and Keith Jarrett then.
Melancholic the enviroment of "Imperfect Dream", with a relaxed but distant mood, warm but detached, sentimental and yet so disillusioned, as in a piece by Julian Cannonball Adderley. Even more melancholic is the incipit of "Illusions", lying on soft brushes, and then opening up to clear and disenchanted piano horizons, in a crazy search close to soul.
The verve of the trio Iponcontrio is evident in pieces like "Back home" and "Spak", very instrumented, as in a swing by Charlie Parker. "Without her" and "Lonnie's lament" are also very accurate from the point of view of writing, with harmonious piano thrusts and a superlative double bass that finishes the sound plot with elegiac care.
Finally there is "Leo", perhaps the best episode of the entire album, in a vortex of bitter and disappointed feelings, in which the trumpet of Estievenart starts to woo the listener until he falls between his painful notes, just as it happened to the Chet Baker of "Bevan beeps".