Are You OK?
This CD is a co-release from Via Veneto Jazz and Jando Music. Are You OK? was recorded by guitarist Luca Nostro in New York together with some of the most acclaimed American jazz musicians active today, players connected with the almighty Pi Recordings, one of the best avant-jazz labels around today (Henry Threadgill, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and more), both as leaders and as sidemen in formations considered by the public and critics to be among the most innovative on the American and world jazz scenes. Those players are Donny McCaslin, John Escreet, Joe Sanders, and Tyshawn Sorey. The New York music scene is a constant source of inspiration for Nostro, whose compositional approach interweaves lively, flowing musical structures with short, punchy themes bordering on pop. The improvised performance develops from a flow of fresh, simple melodic patterns and rhythmic riffs, elaborately entwined with an exalting interplay between the musicians. The music of Are You OK? is also inspired by works of Steve Reich, Frank Zappa, John Adams, Michele Tadini, and JacobTV, which Nostro performed together with the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble (PMCE), to which he belonged for five years. Luca Nostro has also collaborated and recorded with Scott Coley, Antonio Sánchez, and Mark Turner, among others. The recording, mixing, and mastering were done by Mike Marciano and Max Ross at Brooklyn's Systems Two studio, which has been home to legendary jazz albums by artists such as Chick Corea, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, and Ravi Coltrane, to name a few. Luca Nostro: guitar and arrangements; Donny McCaslin: tenor sax; John Escreet: Fender Rhodes; Joe Sanders: double bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums.