Resonance Records : Freddie Hubbard - Dado Moroni

Dado Moroni - Live In Beverly Hills
( Cd e Dvd Blue Ray )

Dado Moroni è uno dei pochi, se non l’unico pianista italiano ad essere popolare di qua ed al di là dell’Atlantico e il recentissimo 4 stelle e mezzo che il cd Live In Beverly Hills ha "portato a casa" niente meno che dalla bibbia del jazz statunitense Downbeat ne è la riprova. Nel suo ultimo lavoro, produzione della californiana Resonance pubblicata in edizione CD + DVD e Blu-ray, dal titolo “Live At Beverly Hills” è accompagnato da Peter Erskine alla batteria e Marco Panascia al contrabbasso. Dado si conferma uno tra i grandi della tastiera jazz e di cui il nostro jazz può andare orgoglioso. L’approccio è quello Swing-centrico, ma Dado Moroni dimostra padronanza assoluta dell’idioma jazz in ogni sfumatura cosi l’ex ragazzo prodigio del nostro jazz, ora uomo fatto, ci dimostra un volta di più che “jazz is a state of mind”. CD + DVD – Blue-ray

Moroni was born and raised in Genoa, Italy, and took to jazz early. "My parents bought a piano for my sister, but she didn't show a lot of interest in it. When I came along, I was immediately taken with it from the age of three. My father was always playing jazz records in the house - people like Earl Hines, Fats Waller and Count Basie. I fell in love with those records, and started trying to imitate them on the piano. My mother, who played accordion, saw how interested I was in the instrument, and put me on her lap to explain the difference between major and minor chords. And that was the beginning!"

Originally self-taught, Moroni would heed the advice of a family friend and study piano formally, eventually gigging with local Italian, as well visiting American musicians. Unsure he'd be able to mount a successful career in music, Moroni actually enrolled in law school. But a chance encounter accompanying famed bebop trumpet pioneer Dizzy Gillespie would forever alter Moroni's musical path, with the elder jazz statesman telling him, 'Man, there are too many lawyers out there. You should play piano!' "That was the turning point," Moroni says. "I decided right there that I could make a living doing what I loved to do. So I took him seriously, and quit law school!"

Moroni's love for the jazz language is evident across all seven tracks of Live in Beverly Hills. The album opens with Moroni's fierce left-hand anchoring a sea of buoyant band interplay on his own "Ghanian Village," complete with Kenny Barron-esque piano proddings that recall the elder pianist's rhythmic renegade. "If I'm playing a song and I hear a sound that makes me think of someone like Kenny Barron, who I love and is one of my dearest friends, I say hello to him in the music," Moroni says. Other infectious album cuts include a metrically-modulating romp through famed Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis' "Django," as well as a Bossa Nova-infused take on "Where Is Love?" from the musical Oliver!

Freddie Hubbard 
Pinnacle - Live & Unrealeased From Keystone Korner

A trent’anni dalla data di registrazione di due indimenticabili concerti di questo gigante della tromba (Keystone Corner, SanFrancisco Giugno e Ottobre 1980) la Resonance decide di pubblicarli in quanto rappresentano al meglio il talento di un grande della tromba, prima che la malattia minasse le sue capacità espressive. Il compianto Hubbard, scomparso nel 2008, andrebbe ricordato attraverso questo cd dove per un’ora imperversa alla tromba. (Ascoltatelo cosa riesce a fare di un classico del sax come la Coltraniana “Giant Step”)

Considered by many to be among the top echelon of jazz trumpeters, Freddie Hubbard is at a career peak during these live performances, recorded with two different groups during several 1980 sets at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. The core group includes pianist Billy Childs and bassist Larry Klein, with either Eddie Marshall or Sinclair Lott on drums. Hubbard's take-no-prisoners attitude is apparent in a power-packed performance of his "The Intrepid Fox" (adding trombonist Phil Ranelin and tenor saxophonist David Schnitter), though the spotlight is on the leader, aside from a brief feature for Lott. Childs switches to Fender Rhodes for Hubbard's driving bossa nova "First Light," while "Happiness Is Now" is a funky affair. Hubbard was underrated as a ballad interpreter, though his poignant take of Michel Legrand's "The Summer Knows" (from the film Summer of '42) is a brilliant showcase for him on flügelhorn. One of the great thrills is Hubbard's first known recording of "Giant Steps," with the leader tackling it with his sextet at a fast tempo, showcasing tenor saxophonist Hadley Caliman and Childs, as well. This well-packaged, previously unissued music from producer Todd Barkan's (the owner of the long defunct club) personal archives, includes detailed liner notes by several contributors and lots of period photographs. ( All Music )