It’s the result of the "Critics Choice" referendum organised by the critics of the prestigious American Jazziz magazine. This referendum, which has reached its twenty years, is certainly one of the best International awards of the International outline: the critics occupied in the voting, have listen to thousand of works from all over the world, before giving their opinion. The "Critic’s Picks" rewards both EGEA Records and the musicians.
Below is the extract by Juan Rodriguez, the journalist who has chosen "Racconti Mediterranei":
"Racconti Mediterranei, ENRICO PIERANUNZI/MARC JOHNSON/GABRIELE MIRABASSI (EGEA) Sunlit melodic richness and refinement, a natural synthesis of chamber music, jazz, and Mediterranean folk roots. As satin-touched pianist Pieranunzi says, "It’s music that tells stories." Mirabassi, today’s best clarinettist, soars with sinuous sensuality. Bassist Johnson’s counterpoint astonishingly lively and lush. Hear companion themes on Pieranunzi’s nocturnal disc, Canto Nascosto (EGEA), which is performed on five different pianos to celebrate the instrument’s 300th anniversary. Bellissimo!"
Juan Rodriguez has been writing about music and popular culture for a variety of publications since 1966, most notably The Gazette (Montreal) and The East Bay Express (Berkeley, 1990-96). He is currently heading into the home stretch on The Book of Cool (a history and critique of the 20th-century conceptions of cool) and The Scene Changes (a personal journey through music rock-pop, jazz, classical, and beyond).
ENRICO PIERANUNZI, pianoforte
MARC JOHNSON, contrabbasso
GABRIELE MIRABASSI, clarinetto
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