Stefano Bollani: Giroconlon




Stefano Bollani (piano)


Småt Småt (Label Bleu)

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Stefano Bollani (piano).

Composed by Stefano Bollani


Recorded: Montevarchi, Italy, May 19-21, 2003


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Stefano Bollani is an atypical musician, and it would be totally irrelevant to reduce him to his Italian origins, first because the melody is rarely the primal ingredient of his music. When it is, whether he pens it or plays a Beatles song or a jazz standard, he often makes it sound like an old-fashioned song used as a basis for rhythmic and harmonic invention. Here he starts with a strong left hand and a brisk right one, and the rhythmic interplay between the two caries on until a pop-songlike harmony emerges. Bollani has studied classical music thoroughly (he often borrows from Prokofiev) and has often supported pop singers before jazz took over. He is one of the young virtuosos who, mostly on the European side of the Atlantic, have a huge classical, pop and jazz culture and feel free to draw from it to shape new forms. In a country where the bop influence is still very strong, his evolution follows a very personal and unpredictable path.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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