NEW VISIONS

NEW VISIONS

ENRICO PIERANUNZI TRIO

NEW VISIONS

 
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Enrico Pieranunzi  piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk  bass
Ulysses Owens Jr. drums

Recorded March 10, 2019
at The Village Recording, Copenhagen

Release date, 2019
STORYVILLE RECORDS Made in Eu

Album Tracks

1 · Free Visions 1 3:25
2 · Night Waltz 3:20
3 · Anne Blomster Sang 6:47
4 · You Know 6:35
5 · Free Visions 2 2:03
6 · Free Visions 3 4:06
7 · Alt kan ske (more Valentines) 6:46
8 · Free Visions 4 4:08
9 · Brown Fields 5:07
10 · Dreams and the morning 4:13
11 · One for Ulysses 4:40
12 · Orphanes 5:10

Total time 56:23

The story behind this recording began in the summer of 2018 when Enrico Pieranunzi played with Ulysses Owens Jr., for the first time: two awesome concerts during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival that cast a breathtaking spell over the audience and an exciting new musical collaboration was born.

Enrico has been a popular guest in Copenhagen for over 30 years, where he has played with elite Danish musicians like Mads Vinding, Alex Riel and Jesper Lundgaard. In recent years he has collaborated closely in a duo context with the phenomenal bassist Thomas Fonnesbæk and the two, together, were soon able to achieve new heights of creativity.

Pieranunzi is an exceptional pianist, whether he’s playing solo, duo or trio. Melodically, harmonically, and not least of all rhythmically, he is “out of this world”. He has something you simply don’t hear with other musicians.
Part of the explanation is likely due to a unique combination of influences, from his deep roots in classical and Italian music to his collaboration with iconic film composer Ennio Morricone and jazz giants like Chet Baker and Art Farmer. The rest – and most importantly – is due to Enrico himself.

Yet, Enrico Pieranunzi is totally his own man. He knows what he’s looking for, and for that reason alone one must be cautious in suggesting with whom he should play. So when in the winter of 2017 I asked Enrico if he would like to play in a trio with Thomas and American drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., it didn’t come as a complete surprise when he said “no, thanks”. Still, I couldn’t help asking about Ulysses one more time because I had the feeling he was precisely the drummer whose playing would inspire both Enrico and Thomas. I was convinced that Ulysses would be a good counterpart, and that the match-up had to be tried out.

Ulysses in fact belongs to a great new generation of drummers who play on a level of energy and technical proficiency rarely found outside the United States and which isn’t always compatible with European musical norms.
But this doesn’t apply to Ulysses Owens Jr., whose incredible sensitivity and attentiveness allow him to fit into the European context. He is one of the warmest, most smiling individuals I’ve ever met. At the same time, beneath his affable exterior lurks the classic drive and strength of an American drummer – an essential cultural ingredient that jazz cannot do without.

Well, luckily, since Enrico is naturally curious, after a while I succeeded and he accepted to perform and record with Ulysses.

With New Visions, Enrico Pieranunzi demonstrates that at the age of 69 he is at the peak of his career. This recording bears witness to his greatness as a musician, and also how open he is in his musical approach. Chances are taken. It is a delight to hear this trio as it sets the standard for how jazz can be played, here and now.

Christian Brorsen, Executive Producer

PLAY GERSHWIN

PLAY GERSHWIN

Gershwin composed “An American in Paris” in 1928 not long after teaching himself the secrets of orchestration. This was perhaps why he decided to put those newly acquired skills to the test by having his new composition performed by an exceptionally large orchestra. I have to admit that the first time I looked at that colossal score my enthusiasm at the thought of transcribing it wavered for a moment: how was it going to be possible for three instruments to take on that mass of music? Daunted but not discouraged, I met the challenge head-on with the help, luckily, of two other invaluable sources: the excellent transcription for solo piano by Gershwin’s trusted associate William Daly, and the two-pianos version of the piece that Gershwin himself had written while scoring “An American in Paris” for orchestra. So, by comparing one source with the other, cutting periods, adding bars and inserting a brief cadenza of my own (“Gershwin-style”, naturally) shortly before the end, I was able to give this celebrated tone poem a completely new form.

“Rhapsody in Blue” was another seemingly impossible transcription. First of all, it had to be decided whether its well-known piano solo part, written in 1924 by a 26-year-old Gershwin, should be maintained intact (numerous cuts, present in the score itself, are usually made in performances of “Rhapsody in Blue” when the original version for piano and orchestra is played).

Having decided to leave this famous part entirely as it was written, I was faced with the following problem: whom to assign certain rather substantial orchestral passages given that I had only a piano, violin and clarinet at my disposal. The answer was obvious: to my own splendid instrument naturally, the piano, thereby doubling its workload (noblesse oblige...). My final step was to (re)orchestrate several passages that in the original score should be played by the orchestra and leave to my two excellent partners the honor/onus of performing them.

At first glance, Gershwin’s Preludes, which he wrote for solo piano, seemed not to present any particular transcription problems, being an apparently simple question of (re)distributing the melodic material among the three instruments; but the reality wasn’t so simple I discovered. In fact, when transcribing them I had to be attentive both to essential technical aspects (the extension and timbre of the instruments themselves) and, above all, to those formal elements that would highlight the narrative structure of the pieces.

Post Scriptum

No doubt should remain by now regarding the extraordinary genius of George Gershwin, even though this great American pianist and composer is still the object of many musicological misconceptions. If his undeniable genius were, however, to require any additional proof, well: this CD would be it. Gershwin’s music in fact has the unique ability to preserve his compelling vitality and powerful, unequivocal identity even when his works are performed by ensembles totally different than the original ones. That is precisely the case in “Play Gershwin”.

Enrico Pieranunzi

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MONSIEUR CLAUDE

MONSIEUR CLAUDE

Questo viaggio con Claude Debussy colpisce per la sua bellezza, il lirismo e la delicatezza. L’album testimonia l’immenso rispetto che Enrico Pieranunzi dimostra per Debussy. A proposito di ciò, Pieranunzi scrive nella sua lettera aperta a Claude Debussy (riprodotta nel libretto del disco): “Il senso ultimo di questo scritto è semplicemente nel desiderio di comunicarle l’ammirazione incondizionata che la sua arte ha sempre suscitato in me e nei miei collaboratori, ammirazione che la frequentazione ravvicinata delle sue composizioni in vista della realizzazione di questo cd ha ulteriormente rafforzato”. 

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Wine & Waltzes [Live at Bastianich Winery]

Wine & Waltzes [Live at Bastianich Winery]

Wine & Waltzes

ENRICO PIERANUNZI

[Live at Bastianich Winery]

 
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Wine and Waltzes è un piano solo fatto di brani esclusivamente in ¾ (a tempo di valzer, appunto…) registrato in Friuli per la Cam Jazz nella notissima Bastianich Winery.

Vino e valzer: difficile immaginare un connubio più inebriante.

Enrico Pieranunzi  piano

Recorded Live at Bastianich Winery,
Cividale del Friuli, Italy, 6 June 2017

Release date: May 25, 2018 (Label: Cam Jazz)

Album Tracks [All music by Enrico Pieranunzi]

1. Wine & Waltzes  3:47
2. Blue Waltz  7:11
3. Twoliness  4:12
4. Waltz Today  3:47     
5. Fellini's Waltz  6:03
6. B.Y.O.H.  8:29 
7. Waltz Tomorrow  4:21
8. Flowering Stones  8:51 

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Blue Waltz [Live at Gustavs]

Blue Waltz [Live at Gustavs]

Blue Waltz

ENRICO PIERANUNZI - THOMAS FONNESBÆK

LIVE AT GUSTAVS

 
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Enrico Pieranunzi  piano
Thomas Fonnesbæk  bass

Recorded live at Gustav's Bistro,
Copenhagen, July 14 & 15, 2017

Release date, 2018 (Label: Stunt Records)

Album Tracks

1. Everything I Love  (C. Porter)  6:44
2. Blue Waltz  (E. Pieranunzi)  8:56
3. Come Rose dai Muri  (E. Pieranunzi)  7:06
4. Molto ancora  [per Luca Flores]  (E. Pieranunzi)  7:33
5. All the Things You Are  (J. Kern)  9:52
6. First Impression Last  (Th. Fonnesbaek)  5:10 
7. Miradas  (E. Pieranunzi)  6:10
8. Si peu de temps  (E. Pieranunzi)  2:45 
9. Tales from the unexpected  (E. Pieranunzi)  5:19
10. WIMP  (E. Pieranunzi)  5:03

During my childhood and teen age it was exactly the bass the “engine” that brought me to get deeper and deeper into the jazz language. So, shortly, I placed the bass in the top position of my personal list of favorite instruments. When in 2015 I met Thomas for the first time I had a further confirmation of all this. During the set we played in duo in fact his technique and musicality really impressed me and made me think that when somebody plays the bass the way he does it it’s difficult for me placing any other instrument in that top position.

However, one year after our first meeting we performed in trio with the fine drummer Stefan Pasborg. Then, in 2017, we played an entire duo concert, whose results are now accessible to all the jazz listeners and fans. Well, I’d like to say here that Danmark seems really to be a very special and productive country for bass players. All of us in fact remember and regret the great NHOP, kind of pioneer and example for many generations of fantastic Danish bass players. Thomas, in my opinion, represents at it’s best the heritage coming from him and I’m proud to have shared with him the music recorded in this CD. Enjoy!

Enrico Pieranunzi

DUKE'S DREAM

DUKE'S DREAM

After two decades of wonderful collaboration in different contexts Enrico Pieranunzi and Rosario Giuliani have finally found themselves in the studio for a project of their own. In Duke's dream Pieranunzi and Giuliani best express that common vision of music that has long made them two stars of the international jazz scene.

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European Trio

European Trio

Pieranunzi e il numero perfetto. Tre sono i musicisti: "Il trio è la mia formazione preferita, combina al meglio elementi ritmici e armonici. E mi piace follemente la batteria, l'unico strumento che ho minacciato di suonare oltre al piano".

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AMERICAS

AMERICAS

"Two beautiful pianos, tuned with exactness and played with the kind of hemispheric understanding that very quickly permits the illusion that just one voice is heard, in gentle dialogue and contention with itself."(Brian Morton)

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 Ménage à Trois

Ménage à Trois

La mia vita musicale è stata fin dall’inizio una strana, meravigliosa esperienza in cui ho convissuto - e ancora felicemente convivo - con due bellissime “signore musicali”...

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Tales from the Unexpected

Tales from the Unexpected

...Playing intricately woven compositions by the leader and telling a few spontaneous “Impro Tales,” they aptly illustrate Pieranunzi’s initial statement – and make these “Tales from the Unexpected” a profound joy to listen to, forever in the moment.

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New Spring

New Spring

"Sono lieto di annunciare che il mio secondo "Live at the Village Vanguard" è stato pubblicato in USA e Giappone (sarà disponibile in Europa dal 17 marzo 2017). 
Il CD è stato registrato in quartetto nell'aprile del 2015 con tre grandi musicisti statunitensi, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Clarence Penn.
La rivista americana Down Beat l'ha recensito nel numero di dicembre 2016 dandogli 4 stelle e 1/2.
Un responso magnifico per questo nuovo capitolo della mia personale, entusiasmante avventura newyorchese".
E.P.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Tina's long association with '33' continues with this long awaited collaboration between Tina and one of Europe's greatest pianists, the incomparable Enrico Pieranunzi. 
The album features several well-known Pieranunzi compositions that are given lyrics by Tina – including to Chet Baker's original solo on Pieranunzi's 'Night Bird', that the pianist recorded with Baker in the 1970's. 

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Double Circle

Double Circle

A piano and an acoustic guitar. A sweet melody, “Anne Blomster Sang”, which can positively affect your daily mood, if listened to when you wake up. This brightly beautiful gem is the opening track of “Double Circle”, a CD that brought Enrico Pieranunzi and Federico Casagrande together in a recording studio for the first time: two musicians from different generations and with different backgrounds, but united by their love for jazz. This love has led Pieranunzi to become a reputable piano master over time and Casagrande to live far from home, since he left the province of Treviso (Italy) and moved all the way to Paris to learn the ropes in the jazz clubs of the French capital and returned more mature and ready to tell his musical tale.

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My Songbook

My Songbook

My songbook, nuovo cd di Enrico Pieranunzi che non manchera' di sorprendere anche i piu' affezionati fans del noto pianista. Pieranunzi si presenta infatti qui nella inusuale veste di songwriter rivelando un’ulteriore, emozionante sfaccettatura del suo variegato universo musicale.

Undici i suoi brani inclusi nel cd, tutti rigorosamente con parole che, in alcuni casi, ha scritto lui stesso.

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THE MUSIC OF ENRICO PIERANUNZI

THE MUSIC OF ENRICO PIERANUNZI

The Italian pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi makes music that appeals to the imagination: filmic, compelling and with the kind of frivolity you might expect from an Italian.

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LIVE AT THE BIRD'S EYE

LIVE AT THE BIRD'S EYE

After two decades of wonderful collaboration in different contexts Enrico Pieranunzi and Rosario Giuliani have finally found themselves in the studio for a project of their own. In Duke's dream Pieranunzi and Giuliani best express that common vision of music that has long made them two stars of the international jazz scene.

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Bluestop

Bluestop

Due colonne storiche del jazz italiano si sono incontrate il 15 aprile 2013 sul palcoscenico del cinema teatro Splendor di Bollate, per improvvisare su composizioni di Intra contenute nel suo volume  Improvvisazione altra?  pubblicato nel 2013 e su due brani classici novecenteschi, Valse di Poulenc e Kleine Klaviermusic #1 di Hindemith.

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Proximity

Proximity

A new, great album by Enrico Pieranunzi. With Matt Penman on double bass. Ralph Alessi on trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, and Donny McCaslin on tenor and soprano sax. Four superb musicians from different generations, each with a different sensitivity to music, who are having fun looking for a common rhythm, paradoxically with no reassuring support from drums, but trying to back one another up, taking all the jazz they have experienced and striving to conceive their own concept. As in every fine record by the Roman pianist, this CD rests on study, dedication and a respect for jazz, elements that firmly connect Pieranunzi to the traditions of the music he loves and allow him to create and compose new themes.

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Dalla in Jazz

Dalla in Jazz

Dalla in Jazz

Featured Artists
Enrico Pieranunzi  piano & Simona Severini  vocals
Paolo Fresu  trumpet, flugelhorn, multi-effects
Vinicio Capossela  vocals
Luca Aquino  trumpet, electronics
Lucio Dalla  vocals, clarinet
Stefano Di Battista  soprano sax
Giovanni Mirabassi  piano
Maria Pia De Vito  singer
Flavio Boltro  trumpet
GeGé Telesforo  vocals
Javier Girotto   soprano sax, voice choir
Peppe Servillo  lead vocals
Aldo Romano  vocals
Roberto Gatto  drums, tanpura & Max Gazzè  vocals, bass, choirs
Nick The Nightfly  vocals
Fabrizio Bosso  trumpet

Recorded
Track 9 - July 26, 2012at Groovefarm - Rome

Release date
2013

Record Label
SONY MUSIC

Album Tracks
1.  La Mer (Charles Trenet)  Luca Aquino & Lucio Dalla
2.  Attenti al Lupo  Stefano Di Battista
3.  Quale Allegria (Dalla)  Giovanni Mirabassi Trio
4.  Caruso (Dalla)  Paolo Fresu
5.  Com'è Profondo il Mare (Dalla)  Maria Pia De Vito
6.  Washington  Flavio Boltro
7.  Stronzo  GeGé Telesforo Band
8.  Felicità (Dalla)  Trio Girotto Servillo Mangalavite
9.  Futura (Dalla)  Enrico Pieranunzi & Simona Severini
10.Piazza Grande  Aldo Romano
11.Balla Balla Ballerino (Dalla)  Fabrizio Bosso & Luciano Biondini
12.
Il Cielo  Roberto Gatto & Max Gazzè
13.Vita  Nick The Nightfly
14.Itaca  Vinicio Capossela

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Stories

Stories

A creatively inspired trio. Once again Enrico Pieranunzi has joined up with Scott Colley on double bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums for a recording session which gave rise to the amazing “Stories”, an enlightened, flowing, joyful CD. This album, recorded at Avatar Studio, New York, in February 2011, is a collection of eight tracks, most of which were composed by the Roman pianist. 

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