JACOPO FERRAZZA TRIO

Jacopo Ferrazza - bass and composition

Stefano Carbonelli - electric and classical guitar

Valerio Vantaggio - drums and percussions

 

 

His debut was called Rebirth and it saw the emergence of one of the most exciting young bassist/composers on the European scene, but also one of the most settled and individual trios on the circuit.

Now Jacopo Ferrazza, again working with guitarist Stefano Carbonelli and drummer Valerio Vantaggio, demonstrates his quality with a new set of original compositions called Theater.

They range between relatively orthodox jazz and more formal structures that recall aspects of classical trio writing. In mood they are impressively varied. In execution, they are uniformly but never dully precise and disciplined. They are, in short, the kind of music that overturns many of the more casual criticisms levelled at jazz: that it is loose, self-indulgent and lacks direction. Everything here has purpose and vigour.

Ferrazza’s bass playing recalls some of the greats on his instrument: the drive of Paul Chambers and Jimmy Garrison, the authority of Charles Mingus, and the melodic confidence of Ray Brown. And yet, he remains his own man, a steadily maturing representative of a new generation of young bassist leaders who have taken advantage of improved recording techniques to lift the instrument out of the “rhythm section” and put it at the centre of the music.

If Rebirth was great beginning, Theater is proof that it was not a fluke or a one-off, but simply a stage in a career that deserves to be watched and listened to closely.

(Brian Morton)

 

 

Jacopo Ferrazza Trio is comprised of three of the most creative and talented young musicians in italian’s jazz scene: Jacopo Ferrazza, Stefano Carbonelli and Valerio Vantaggio. Jacopo and Valerio first met during their studies in 2003. The more recent addition is Stefano whom they encountered at the Siena Jazz Workshop 2014 under the leadership of Enrico Rava. They have performed in some of best Roman jazz clubs and other locales throughout Italy and Europe. These musicians are extremely versatile, always trying to reach new interpretations of the classics through Jacopo’s and Stefano’s arrangements and compositions. Trio’s identity is a mixture of contemporary, classical, chamber and progressive music. The unique sounds convey emotions, sensations and surreal scenarios of dreams in their music. It’s always entertaining to watch their interplay and marvel at the way they sustain the same musical direction. The trio has recorded two album first album “Rebirth” and “Theater” for Cam Jazz Label.

 

His debut was called

Rebirth

and it saw the emergence of one of the most exciting young bassist/composers on

the European scene, but also one of the most settled and individual trios on the circuit. Now Jacopo Ferrazza,

again working with guitarist Stefan

o Carbonelli and drummer Valerio Vantaggio, demonstrates his quality with a

new set of original compositions called

Theater

.

They range between relatively orthodox jazz and more formal structures that recall aspects of classical trio

writing. In mood they

are impressively varied. In execution, they are uniformly but never dully precise and

disciplined. They are, in short, the kind of music that overturns many of the more casual criticisms levelled at jazz:

that it is loose, self

-

indulgent and lacks directio

n

. E

verything

here has purpose and vigour.

Ferrazza’s bass playing recalls some of the greats on his instrument: the drive of Paul Chambers and Jimmy

Garrison, the authority of Charles Mingus, and the melodic confidence of Ray Brown. And yet, he remains hi

s own

man, a steadily maturing representative of a new generation of young bassist leaders who have taken advantage

of improved recording techniques to lift the instrument out of the “rhythm section” and put it at the centre of the

music.

If

Rebirth

was gr

eat beginning,

Theater

is proof that it was not a fluke or a one

-

off, but simply a stage in a career

that deserves to be watched and listened to closely.

(Brian Morton)

Under the supervision of music producer Ermanno Basso,

Theater

was recorded

and mix

ed

in

November

201

8

by

Stefano Amerio at Artesuono Recording Studio in Cavalicco (UD), Italy

, and mastered by Danilo Rossi.

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