Giovanni Mazzarino

Live in Taormina

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Giovanni Mazzarino is one of many Italian musicians deserving of wider recognition who has recorded for the prolific but tiny Philology label. On this occasion, the veteran pianist is accompanied by fellow Italians Nello Toscano on bass and Paolo Mappa on drums, with Swiss alto saxophonist George Robert as a featured guest. This 2001 concert features extended workouts of standards familiar to seasoned jazz fans in a boppish setting. The delightful take of Cole Porter's "Everything I Love" shines the spotlight on each of the musicians, with Robert slipping in a brief humorous quote from "Meet the Flintstones." Mazzarino and Robert make magic with their emotional renditions of Mal Waldron's well-known ballad "Soul Eyes," and a duet of the bittersweet "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," the latter highlighted by Robert's breathtaking coda. This is great music by musicians who ought to be heard outside of Europe as well.

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