Once you've recovered from listening to Antonello Salis for the first time (it's stunning on record, but it's killing in concert), the thing that will finish leaving you dumbfounded is to learn that he doesn't even have a piano at home. But Salis, who was born and still lives in Sardinia (an island off the Italian Mediterranean coast) and also plays accordion, is so full of music that he hardly needs to practice on any instrument to exude musicianship. This short, athletic, dark-skinned man is so replete with energy that he may sometimes look and sound restless. But on this CD where he devotes himself to the piano, he displays an appalling mastery of the instrument's many nuances and a huge sense of construction, melody and rhythm. Listening to this track, it's easy to understand why so many other musicians, from his fellow Sardinian Paolo Fresu to Joey Baron, French accordionist Richard Galliano or German pianist Jens Thomas, have wanted to perform with him. Salis is definitely unique and, both as a musician and as a person, larger than life.
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