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Tales From The Unexpected

Enrico Pieranunzi

Tales From The Unexpected

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Intuition
UPC: 0608917131529
Catnr: INTCHR 71315
Release date: 30 October 2015
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Intuition
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0608917131529
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INTCHR 71315
Release date
30 October 2015

"Bass player Jasper Somsen and drummer Andre Ceccarelli are contributing greatly and are making the trio of Enrico Peiranunzi one of the most interesting truio's of the moment."

Jazzflits, 15-8-2016
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“Presence is very important to me,” Enrico Pieranunzi said in an interview for Jazz thing magazine’s series “European Jazz Legends”. “The theater director Peter Brook speaks of ‘emptying yourself’ in order to perform. You should be empty in order to listen to yourself and to others – and to be in the moment. That to me is the essence of jazz.” Born in the Italian capital of Rome on December 5, 1949, young Enrico developed his love of jazz from his father and by imitating what he heard on 78s by the likes of Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Lennie Tristano and Chet Baker. The latter, with whom Pieranunzi eventually got to play and record in Italy in the early 80s, steered his piano influences away from McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea toward Bill Evans. Combining this with a sense of swing and serious lyricism, Enrico Pieranunzi is internationally known by now as a unique and decidedly European voice on his instrument, having won accolades and awards for his more than seventy recordings.
On August 29, 2015, Enrico Pieranunzi added a new chapter to this extensive discography with this live recording from Theater Gütersloh featuring his trio with the Dutch double bass player Jasper Somsen and French drummer André Ceccarelli. 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.
Unter Jazzfreunden kann man herrlich darüber streiten, ob „Europäischer Jazz“ ein nützlicher Gegenentwurf zur amerikanischen Tradition ist, eine originelle Ergänzung dazu oder „auf dem Markt weniger wert als amerikanischer“, wie es in einem Wikipedia-Forum nachzulesen ist. Außer Zweifel steht allerdings, dass es auch diesseits des Atlantiks begnadete Musiker gab und gibt, die den Jazz seit Jahrzehnten geprägt und geformt haben. Dabei haben sie ganz eigene Spielweisen entwickelt, indem sie europäische Musiktraditionen mit den amerikanischen Einflüssen zusammenbrachten. Diesen Pionieren des europäischen Jazz eine Bühne zu geben, das war die Idee zur Artikelserie „European Jazz Legends“, die im Magazin Jazz thing in seiner 100. Ausgabe im September 2013 startete – und die inzwischen auf mittlerweile 10 Folgen zurückblickt. Aus der symbolischen Bühne ist nun eine tatsächliche geworden – und sie steht in Gütersloh, mitten in Europa. Begleitend zu jeder Ausgabe des fünfmal jährlich erscheinenden Heftes findet in Kooperation mit unserem Label Intuition, der Stadt Gütersloh und WDR 3 ein eigens für diesen Anlass konzipiertes Konzert mit einem aktuellen Protagonisten der Serie statt, moderiert von Götz Bühler. Das Konzert inklusive Gesprächsrunde mit Götz Bühler wird aufgenommen und von WDR 3 zeitversetzt gesendet; die musikalischen Highlights des Konzertes werden auf einer CD veröffentlicht.

„Präsenz ist mir sehr wichtig“ sagte Enrico Pieranunzi in seinem Interview für die Reihe „European Jazz Legends“ des Magazins „Jazz thing“. “Theaterdirektor Peter Brook spricht vom ‚sich entleeren‘ vor einem Auftritt. Man muss ‚geleert‘ sein, wenn man sich oder anderen zuhören will – um dann den Augenblick auch wirklich und intensiv erleben zu können. Das ist für mich auch die Hauptsache im Jazz.“ Geboren in der italienischen Hauptstadt Rom am 5. Dezember 1949, entwickelte er schon früh die Liebe zum Jazz. Er hörte die Platten seines Vaters und spielte sie nach: Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Lennie Tristano, Chet Baker. Mit letzterem hat Pieranunzi dann schließlich auch selbst gespielt. Ab den frühen 80er Jahren nahm er in Italien selbst Platten auf, wobei er seine Einflüsse von McCoy Tyner und Chick Corea langsam in Richtung Bill Evans verschob. Dies, zusammen mit seinem Verständnis von Swing und dem ausdrucksvollen, lyrischen Charakter seiner Spielweise, machten ihn international bekannt: als einzigartige und dezidiert europäische Stimme an seinem Instrument. Seine mehr als siebzig Aufnahmen wurden mit Preisen ausgezeichnet und von den Kritikern mit viel Lob bedacht.

Am 29. August 2015 fügte Enrico Pieranunzi eine neue Aufnahme zu seiner umfangreichen Diskografie hinzu: Diese Live-Aufnahme im Theater Gütersloh, die sein Trio mit dem holländischen Bassisten Jasper Somsen und dem französischen Schlagzeuger André Ceccarelli präsentiert. Sie spielen raffiniert verschachtelte Kompositionen des Pianisten und erzählen einige spontane „Improtales“, die sehr treffend das eingangs erwähnte Statement von Enrico Pieranunzi belegen – und machen diese „Tales from the Unexpected“ zu einem wahrhaftigen und nachhaltigen Hörvergnügen.

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Enrico Pieranunzi (piano)

Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known protagonists of the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded more than 70 albums under his own name, ranging from piano solo to trio, from duo to quintet. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine critics’ poll (in 1989, 2003, 2008). He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best European Musician” in 1997 and the German Echo Jazz Award in 2014...
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Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known protagonists of the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded more than 70 albums under his own name, ranging from piano solo to trio, from duo to quintet. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine critics’ poll (in 1989, 2003, 2008). He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best European Musician” in 1997 and the German Echo Jazz Award in 2014 as “Best International Keyboard Artist”. Pieranunzi has performed his music all over the world in the most prestigious international festivals, from Montréal to Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. For the past ten years, he has been playing more and more in the USA, and has taken part in the San Francisco and Spoleto (Charleston, South Carolina) festivals. He has also been regularly featured in the most important New York clubs, especially the Village Vanguard, where in July 2010 he recorded the album Live at the Village Vanguard with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian. This is the first album ever recorded by an Italian musician (and one of the very few by European musicians) in the legendary diamond shaped 7th Avenue venue. A second Live at the Village Vanguard, recorded in 2015 with Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Clarence Penn, will be released at the end of 2016. Enrico Pieranunzi has composed over 300 pieces, many of which have become standards performed and recorded by musicians all over the world (Night Bird, Don’t Forget the Poet, Fellini’s Waltz).

Pieranunzi can swing – crisply and surely. But in those tempos, he remains his lyrical self. His music sings” (Nat Hentoff, 1990)

Enrico Pieranunzi breathes new life into contemporary jazz” (Ray Spencer, Jazz Journal International, 1992)

Remember the name, me, get lost in the music” (Josef Woodard, Jazz Times, 2000)


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Jasper Somsen (bass)

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions. Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu. Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be...
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Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions.

Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu.

Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule he is an educator at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and the general director of the foundation Cultural City of Wageningen, in his hometown.


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Bass player Jasper Somsen and drummer Andre Ceccarelli are contributing greatly and are making the trio of Enrico Peiranunzi one of the most interesting truio's of the moment.
Jazzflits, 15-8-2016

" [...] 'Tales from the Unexpected is a great result! [...] "
Jazzenzo, 15-5-2016

"If another prrof hat been necessary - Pieranunzi delivered it with this high quality live recording: Like only few other pianists he integrates different impulses and at the same time avoids everything epigon."
Piano News, 01-3-2016

"What followed was a completely improvised concert that was built up very gradually. Initially it was almost a whisper, with great feeling and finesse. The three listened very carefully to each other and there began an exciting set."
Jazzflits, 08-2-2016

"With the imaginative, expressive and flowing compositions on this CD he tells his listeners 'Tales from the unexpected'."
JazzPodium, 01-2-2016

"master of improvisation and ravishing interplay"
Jazz'n'More, 01-1-2016

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