Renato Sellani

Per Carlo Alberto Rossi

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The songs of Carlo Alberto Rossi have long since achieved international acclaim outside of his native Italy, so it's only fitting that pianist Renato Sellani would include his work in his series of CDs dedicated to individual Italian composers. With his frequent collaborators Massimo Moriconi on bass and drummer Massimo Manzi, he samples 13 gems from the vast repertoire of Rossi. Vittorio Franchini is right on the money by comparing his music to that of Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, as Rossi's lyrical melodies stick in one's memory. The trio's performances of the loping "Luisiana," the haunting "Love Is Dream," and the snappy "Amore Baciami" make them worthy of wider investigation by jazz musicians. Their lilting bop treatment of "Conosci Mia Cugina" features a marvelous exchange of breaks between Moriconi and Manzi. Sellani's solo feature is the touching ballad "Stradivarius," which is also heard in a moving vocal interpretation by Tiziana Ghiglioni later in the disc. Trumpeter Enrico Rava joins Sellani for an alternate version of "Amore Baciami" that is a bit more rhapsodic than the trio arrangement. This is a very enjoyable release.

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