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Something Tomorrow

A trans-European super trio play with originality and rhythmic drive

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Acclaimed Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi is at the zenith of his career and has now joined forces with the legendary French drummer André Ceccarelli and the acrobatic Danish double bass player Thomas Fonnesbæk. This new trio encounter combines three of the very best European jazz stars and makes for an album played with dramatic coherence – a seldom sight when three major personalities meet.

Playing with Fonnesbæk seems to give wings to Pieranunzi, the two men listen and talk to each other like two accomplices, who meet again after a long absence. Fonnesbæk enjoys this intuitive game, where they listen intensely to each other, propose another tempo or a new melody. And they can count on the rhythmic precision and great musicality of André Ceccarelli, one of Pieranunzi’s favorite drummers.

Pieranunzi is one of, if not the most, popular European pianist, likely due to a unique combination of influences, from his formative years in classical and Italian music to his collaborations with iconic film composer Ennio Morricone and output with the likes of Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. Pieranunzi never renounces bold and elegant music, for he is a poet of black and white. In the breath of his piano, there is a reflexive expression, a harmonic treatment full of subtleties. A lush romanticism lies deep at the heart of his music, when he lets his hands dance on the keys.

Thomas Fonnesbæk is a formidable bassist with an astonishing technique. He impresses with his virtuosity and harmonic choices, and his bass lines inspire both Pieranunzi and Ceccarelli. Not only is Fonnesbæk one of Pieranunzi’s favorite collaborators, he has also recorded and toured with musicians such as Monty Alexander, Aaron Parks, Sinne Eeg, Lars Jansson and many others.

Drummer André Ceccarelli is one of the most important figures on the European jazz scene. He has not only played with Pieranunzi in many other musical constellations, but also with giants like Enrico Rava and Chick Corea, and popular music stars like Sting, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. Here, Ceccarelli expresses his joy by a rare delicacy of touch in a performance with no discordant element.

It is quite frankly evident that the trio enjoys the musical company of each other making ‘Something Tomorrow’ an important milestone in the career of a pianist, who never ceases to amaze us.

Enrico Pieranunzi – piano

Thomas Fonnesbæk – bass

André Ceccarelli – drums

  1. Those Days
  2. Perspectives
  3. Wave of Interest
  4. The Heart of a Child
  5. Something Tomorrow
  6. What Once Was
  7. Three Notes
  8. Suspension Points
  9. Je Ne Sais Quoi
  10. This Is New

“Den italienske pianisten Enrico Pieranunzi hører hjemme i den ypperste verdenseliten når det gjelder moderne, melodisk og akustisk jazzmusikk. Her kommer det nok et triobevis på det.” – ***** – Nettavisen, Hammerø

 

“There is an elegance and a concision that is remarkable no matter how many piano trio albums you have heard. Pieranunzi finds the smallest detail and runs with it and there is a certain extra sensory perception at play with his bandmates.” – **** – Stephen, Marlbank

 

“Overskuddet som de tre musikere spiller med giver ro. Her er ikke noget der skal forceres eller klemmes igennem i balladerne. Det er naturligt og behageligt. Når triojazz der har rødder i Bill Evans traditionen spilles så elegant og gennemført som her, så siger jeg, ja tak.” – JazzNyt, Overgård

 

“The performance itself is wonderful, and I like the fact that each instrument is recorded with a clear yet warm sound, and I am quite satisfied with this work.” – Narymusic ★★★★

 

“…the lightness of the style and the musical usability guarantee a pleasant listening for the whole unfolding of the album with a cohesive interpretation in an aesthetic atmosphere as clear as a spring sky.” – Off Topic Magazine, Talamazzi

 

“… sammen med en ytterst opplagt Fonnesbæk, og det sofistikerte og deilige spillet til Ceccarelli, har de tre laget en perle av en plate.” – Salt Peanuts*, Granlie

 

“Pianist Enrico Pieranunzi joins forces with bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek and drummer André Ceccarelli for a collection of mostly originals on this gracefully swinging set (…)  A first class act.” – JazzWeekly, Harris

 

“…a complete trio album with perfect harmony. Arrangements allow every musician to express themselves. Pieranunzi adorns his spotless playing with soul-caressing solos. Fonnesbæk generously displays his melodic style with his exquisite intonation and breathtaking rhythm accompaniment, as well as the solos he plays on all but one of the tracks.” – Dark Blue Notes, Yalcin 

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