".. They are interpretations of timeless classics, carried by lightness, which glide gently through a hilly landscape and provide exhilarating views."Jazzpodium, 01-6-2023
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)
.. They are interpretations of timeless classics, carried by lightness, which glide gently through a hilly landscape and provide exhilarating views.
... Contributions such as Pieranunzi's elegantly blues-tinged piano or some outstanding oboe solos set audible contrasts in the harmonically balanced ensemble as a whole.
In its best moments, the Italian pianist’s tribute to the American classical-jazz pioneer is breathtaking
The Guardian, 04-2-2023
... This here is not another attempt at "jazz goes Bach" or "jazz goes classic," for it is too deep for that. These are interpretations of timeless classics borne of lightness, gliding gently through a hilly landscape while providing exhilarating vistas.
Jazzpodium , 01-6-2023
John Lewis' ambition, both metaphorically and literally was to achieve a synthesis of blues and Bach. The blendings were largely successful and Pieranunzi's and Corcela's realisations are similarly successful. A modern day nod and testimonial to this great fusion of musical traditions. Blues and Bach... the talk and the walk.
London Jazz News, 16-4-2023
Enrico Pieranunzi, one of Italy's greatest pianists, has added an essential, beautifully realized recording to his large body of work.
... A highlight: the interpretation of "Skating In Central Park" right at the beginning.
It’s a superb and immensely enjoyable release.
Jazz Journal, 13-3-2023
... Thus - with Blues & Bach another highlight was created in the environment of jazz and classical music, and another highlight in the output of Enrico Pieranunzi.
... Here Pieranunzi plays freely, and his solos are fiery fiery and inspired. The interplay between controlled classical music and the outbreak into jazzy passages,
in swing, that works but also in this constellation...
Westfälischer Anzeiger, 13-2-2023
... A luxuriant small orchestra plays around, accompanies refined or steps into the background, when the trio vehemently turns up the volume...
... a more expansive sound than the MJQ originals, though generally complementing rather than overwhelming Lewis's compositions, and with some startlingly empathetic orchestral responses to the jazz trio.
The Scotsman, 10-2-2023
In its best moments, the Italian pianist's tribute to the American classical-jazz pioneer is breathtaking.
The Guardian/The Observer, 04-2-2023
... In a way, the result was a crossover within a crossover (jazz trio plus string quintet and woodwind quintet). Ambitious, committed...
Pieranunzi is one of Europe's great jazz pianists, greatly influenced by Bill Evans. His luminous tone and elegant, linear phrasing is a superb foil to the warmth of Corcella's arrangements.
The Times, 18-1-2023
Lewis would have loved to have had an orchestra this well rehearsed and recorded so beautifully.
The Arts Fuse, 12-1-2023
...it is probably safe to say that the odds are that Lewis would enjoy Blues & Bach. The orchestrations bring new facets to the familiar compositions and are as light on their feet as the source material, while Pieranunzi's trio, collectively and as soloists, keeps the music foursquare in the realm of creative jazz.
All About Jazz, 06-1-2023
Ideal chamber jazz sympathetically arranged and interpreted that once again reminds us of just how great a composer John Lewis was and how classics from his songbook are as satisfying and rewarding as anything written today.
Like everything Pieranunzi shows on his albums, it is again just enjoying his technically superior but also warm playing that always, and that is most important, carries his personal stamp, pure enjoyment that is the adage that can be said about this music.