Enrico Pieranunzi
Fellinijazz
CAM5002
2004-09-15
Fellinijazz by Enrico Pieranunzi

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I vitelloni - NINO ROTA
Il Bidone - NINO ROTA
La Citta Delle Donne - LUIS BACALOV
Amarcord - NINO ROTA
Cabiria's Dream - ENRICO PIERANUNZI
La Dolce Vita - NINO ROTA
La Strada - NINO ROTA
Le Notti Di Cabiria - NINO ROTA
Fellini's Waltz - ENRICO PIERANUNZI

 

Musicians:
Charlie Haden - bass
Pual Motian - drums
Enrico Pieranunzi - piano
Chris Potter - Sax
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet

The unfettered imagination of some of the most extraordinary artists in the history
of this music, here to invent anew, and in a completely original way, the soundtracks of the
films of “a many-faceted artist with unlimited and inexhaustible imagination”.

Reviews:

While created in order to serve a greater vehicle, soundtrack music often takes a life of its own. Such is the case with Nino Rota's compositions for Italian director Federico Fellini's classic films, collected, arranged, and reinterpreted on FelliniJazz by pianist Enrico Pieranunzi. When taken out of the context of the (mostly) '50s movies from which these themes came, these pieces have a remarkable durability. Credit Pieranunzi for resurrecting and reconstructing them—and he's not new to soundtracks—along with his all-star improvising quintet, featuring trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian.

The beauty of FelliniJazz is that it stands as an independent entity, though obviously those familiar with the Neapolitan music (and films) it draws from will appreciate extra layers of meaning. Chris Potter, an emerging star who first gained appreciation for his work with Dave Holland, channels his softer side and delivers some intensely lyrical playing on both tenor and soprano saxophone. He was but 32 when these tracks were laid down in March of 2003, which places him at least a generation behind the other players, but he speaks with an authority far beyond his age and he's a nice fluid match for Wheeler's thick-toned voice, especially on flugelhorn.


The first part of “La Dolce Vita” gets underway with an outspokenly romantic introduction, horns weaving in and out of the main melody; the swells and surges of the theme serve as a jumping-off point for Potter's succinct, multi-layered soprano solo and Wheeler's own deliciously soft and twisting statement. But then the tune picks up speed and unexpectedly surges headlong into a brief, freely improvised section and combusts, mirroring events in the film. The second part swings harder, heading back into old school hard bop with unapologetic deliberateness, though some turbulence remains down the road.


Each of these players has a demonstrated ear for the outer sounds of modern jazz, but for the most part this is a straightahead affair. Their articulate, spontaneous delivery contributes just the right kind of momentum to keep these tunes steaming along without sinking into sentimentality. And that's essential when working with material this melodic and often nostalgic.

FelliniJazz is a remarkable accomplishment. The passion and intellect of this music continue to reveal new layers of meaning with each new spin.

Nils Jacobson - All About Jazz

 

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