Bello, fratello mio. Sono felice di sentire che stai uscendo con qualcosa di nuovo.
Hey, thanks, Dave. And in perfect Italian, too!
Well, the songs in this record aren't so new; I've been playing them for 3 or 4 years. As many other things I do, it's a complicated story. We had planned to record this project in the summer of 2016, deal signed, studio booked... then the bass player suddendly got the chance of a long-term commitment in the United States, and flew away just three days before the date scheduled for recording!
We tried again an year later - August 2017. This time, I got sick and was barely able to play, but I didn't want another delay, so I gritted my teeth and went ahead. It was tough - I was in the hospital the next day. And we were able to do 12 songs instead of 13, so I had to completely rethink the song list.
*Then* the label started to move the release date, one month at a time, so it slowly went from February to September (more than one year after recording!), messing with all my plans....
Sorry for the venting.... in fact, I went thru so much trouble with this record, that I made a point to record another one right away, and to have as much fun as possible doing it - to reconcile myself with the process of making music. So I did it, last January. I have no idea when this next CD will be out, but I'm in no hurry. For now, I have this one to take care of...
My accent is terrible, however. Still sound like a dude originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Really happy for you that you are creating new music for everyone, the world is a better place with you in it. Cheers.
I love this song Marino! The composition with the “tonic fake-outs” (nice term MOI) gives the right amount of movement. Your piano skills are outstanding as usual. Let us know when the full CD is out!
Thanks a lot Rudy! The CD should be out in September, in both physical and digital formats. I'll post a notice on KC for sure.
About the "tonic fake-outs" writing, it's a sound that's been around for a while, expecially in European jazz. You can hear hints of it in the work of UK pianist John Taylor, for example - but also in some of Keith Jarrett tunes. But I'd say that the master of this style is Italian (and fellow Roman) pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, who along the years has achieved world recognition. One of the songs on my CD is dedicated to him.