THE MUSIC OF ENRICO PIERANUNZI
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
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. Brussels Jazz Orchestra asked arranger Bert Joris to arrange a few selected pieces from Pieranunzi’s rich repertoire. Joris, who knows how to employ the full potential of the orchestra like no one else, succeeded in adapting these light, airy compositions for the larger forces of the BJO. With soloists Pieranunzi himself on piano and Bert Joris on trumpet, Brussels Jazz Orchestra creates an intimate and layered sound. A top-level European jazz project!
Enrico Pieranunzi has recorded around 80 CDs under his own name and has composed no fewer than 300 tunes. Some of these (‘Night bird’, ‘Don’t forget the poet’, ‘Fellini’s waltz’) have become veritable standards. He has shared the stage with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson and many others and he is one of the few European artists to have performed and recorded at the prestigious Village Vanguard in New York.
Jazz trumpet player Bert Joris (1957) has built a solid reputation as an improviser, composer, arranger and teacher. His work is being performed by musicians all over the world.
The CD The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi was recorded live in late August 2014 in De Werf in Bruges. The CD, on the W.E.R.F. label, was released in January 2015.
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