CD Review: Francesco Marziani Trio - In my own sweet way
After winning the 2008 International Massimo Urbani Award, Philology Records offered italian pianist Francesco Marziani the opportunity of recording his debut CD. So here it is, the first album from one of the new italian jazz talents Francesco Marziani. In my own sweet way was recorded with bassist Massimo Moriconi and drummer Massimo Manzi.
Besides being an excellent pianist with great knowlege of the jazz language and flawless technique, Francesco is an accomplished composer. His compositions are mature with elegant melodies and rich harmonically.
There are some similarities in his composition style to pianist Vince Guaraldi on tracks like If I were a blackbird and Light night. Sounds like Francesco is even quoting Vince in the improvisation on If I were a blackbird.
But there is also some Thelonious Monk on the track Myself in blue both in the music and Francesco phrasing. The trio is in full swing in Parker & Gillespie Shaw Nuff and in the fast tempo arrangement of The Chase.
Also included on the album, the beautiful interpretations of the classic You've changed and Barry Harry ballad Eleanor.
If I were a blackbird, You've changed, The chase, Eleanor, Light night, Walzer per il sonno di Andrea, In my own sweet way, Shaw nuff, Myself in blue
Francesco Marziani (piano), Massimo Moriconi (bass), Massimo Manzi (drums)