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Gianluigi Trovesi

Gianluigi Trovesi

I think it important for a musician who wants to say something to tell a story, to use his own background,” says composer, arranger and saxophonist Gianluigi Trovesi. That is precisely what he does on his latest album, Fugace (ECM). Just one listen to the track “Blues and West” reveals a highly personal approach to jazz that is fascinating and absorbing. It’s a fantasia on Louis Armstrong’s “West End Blues” that becomes a journey through the whole history of jazz as seen through the eyes of a native Neapolitan. “I see the history of jazz through the crystal glass, and you hear the history of jazz in a different way.”

In the same way Louis Armstrong’s music reflected New Orleans or Duke Ellington’s music Harlem, Trovesi reflects the influence of his hometown of Bergamo in Italy. He’s a visionary spirit and a conceptualizer who reimagines jazz in vivid Mediterranean hues, dancing folkloric themes and bursts of vivid color. Three years ago his unique music inspired Umberto Eco, professor of semiotics, philosophy and literature at the University of Bologna and one of Italy’s foremost novelists and essayists, to supply liner notes for Trovesi’s album In Cerca di Cibo (ECM)-a measure of the high regard this remarkable musician is held in his native country.

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