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ARTIST
TITLE
Yatra Vol. 3
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
VVJ 100CD VVJ 100CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/21/2015

The Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet follows Yatra (2011) and Yatra Vol. 2 (2013) with the outstanding sonic construction Yatra Vol. 3. The group formed in 2011 during a series of concerts in India that sealed the members' musical and human cohesion, which also gave rise to the title Yatra, the Sanskrit word for "journey" or "procession." Bassist Enzo Pietropaoli's music evolves and takes in influences, but nevertheless keeps the spirit of traditional jazz alive. He believes in a certain classicism, trusting that his music can endure over time. With Yatra Vol. 3, he and his quartet have fine-tuned their approach toward the musical philosophy attained in the acclaimed first two volumes in the series. The readers of JazzIt magazine named Yatra "Best Album of 2011" and Enzo Pietropaoli "Best Bassist of 2011." Musica Jazz named Fulvio Sigurtà, the quartet's trumpeter, "Best New Talent of 2011," and in 2013 named the Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet "Best Italian Group of the Year." Along with an inevitable artistic growth, both individually and as a group, Yatra Vol. 3 espouses a cohesive approach and hones a sound in line with the two previous works, taking on an almost ritual significance. The ten pieces here -- five of them original tracks written by Pietropaoli -- feature remarkable instrumental duets characterized by a melodic tinge and lush tonalities that deviate stylistically from earlier genres, shying away from eclecticism without being overly traditional. The album also includes tributes to Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, Tom Waits, and Blur, and a song co-written by Gianni Morandi and Daniel Bacalov. Also unchanged since its inception is the band's entourage of producers, collaborators, graphic designers, and press office -- all protagonists of this extraordinary journey. Enzo Pietropaoli: double bass; Fulvio Sigurtà: trumpet; Julian Mazzariello: piano; Alessandro Paternesi: drums.