Hailing from Rome Paolo Rozzi has already concentrated on the accordion at a young age. He graduated in accordion under the guidance of Maestro Sergio Scappini at the G. Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. Since this time he is successfully working as music teacher and director of Viva Musica.
Primiano Di Biase (piano and Rhodes) works as teacher at the
same music school like Paolo, Viva Musica. In 2001 he
received the low school diploma in singing and high school
diploma in piano with jazz specialization at the University of
Music in Rome.
Meltemi is a wind in the Aegean. Already after the first few phrases, one recognizes that the musicians are at home in the field of contemporary jazz, but also, and here I'm referring to the accordion, the local color. Thus we experience a quite successful fusion of jazz with Italian folklore.
Voyageurs radiates exhilaration with the swinging
rhythm that wonderfully supports Paolo's accordion with the
French flair. Primiano picks up the theme on the piano and so a
question and answer dialog develops.
Fuori Piove (Outside It's raining) continues the tristresse and develops it into an art form of its own. As the piece progresses, the tempo increases and it develops into a narrative. Accordion, bass and piano interact without restricting each other's freedom. Even though the theme is always present, sometimes fortissimo, sometimes legato, jazz shimmers constantly through.
Ganimede is a moon of the planet Jupiter, in this context a distinctive drum solo by Massimiliano De Lucia which also serves as a transition to the following piece. Sirio is the Italian name of the brightest star on the night sky. Here, however, Paolo Rozzi shines on the accordion, which unmistakably builds the bridge between the painterly and the virtuoso.
In music, the term Adagio means played slowly. It's borrowed from Italian, from the phrase ad agio, literally, "at ease." The title is the aptly description of the content, a gentle accordion interlude.
Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment. However, it is difficult to establish a connection to the piece named in this way, because it is rather exhilarating and highly motivated.
Balkan Express is an overnight train operating between İstanbul and Belgrade. With the grace of a waltz, the accordion internalizes itself into an apotheosis. Followed by the piano as the mirror of mastery. Salvador seamlessly follows with a Latin flavor.
In order to understand the style of this album, you should be familiar with the origin of the accordion. Originally a French instrument, the title of the album indicates the relationship, the lightness of the instrument served many Italians as an internalization of their joy of life. It was the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi who suggested this instrument for the study on conservatory. In Italy the accordion is still fashion and that way French and Italian elements blended into a new folkloric style.
So if the jazzy orientation of our two protagonists can be heard from time to time on this album, the conventional style of the accordion on Bon Voyage dominates in such a powerful way that it is difficult to still assign it to contemporary jazz. However lovers of the accordion will definitely get their money's worth.
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Title: Bon Voyage
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Title: Bon Voyage