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ARTIST
TITLE
Living
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
VVJ 101CD VVJ 101CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/21/2015

This CD is a co-release from Via Veneto Jazz and Jando Music. Acclaimed Italian harmonicist Federico Bertelli's Living contains sounds reminiscent of the colors and the warm atmosphere of Central and South America, from the Brazilian choro of "Carioquinha" (Waldir Azevedo) to the Cuban bolero of "Claudia" (Chucho Valdés), as well as in Bertelli's own compositions, including "Living" and "Waiting." The tender ballad "Soul Eyes" (Mal Waldron) and bebop-tribute "Funk in Deep Freeze" (Hank Mobley) both showcase the strength it takes to dominate an extremely difficult instrument like the chromatic harmonica. Bertelli does not seem to be fatigued by this difficulty, and proves himself to have arrived at that state coveted by all improvisers, in which the melody is naturally formed by the thought and expresses itself through the instrument with the immediacy of singing. Bertelli has an attention to detail characteristic of only the greatest musicians, and an extraordinary intensity that denotes generosity and depth. Living features several important guests, whose participation demonstrates the high esteem in which they hold Bertelli and his work. The fine arrangements of pianist Piergiorgio Pirro; the round, warm sound of Gabriele Evangelista's double bass; the discreet, refined rhythms of drummer Stefano Tamborrino; flutist Nicola Stilo; and trombonist Roberto Rossi's solos on "Funk in Deep Freeze" and "Waiting" all serve to complete Bertelli's design.