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To the Old Friendship

by Argenti & Rosa

A dynamic , bluesy yet melodic and atmospheric jazz piano & guitar duo by two Italian old friends from Denmark and the USA
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sqwaqwaz
5:32 album only
2. Copenhagen
7:10 album only
3. Mondiale
7:58 album only
4. Three minutes blues
6:53 album only
5. Dubbio
4:08 album only
6. Boston
7:49 album only


Album Notes
"To the old friendship" by Argenti & Rosa
Total running time, 39:45.

1)Sqwaqwaz (E. Rosa)
2)Copenhagen (F.Argenti)
3)Mondiale (F: Argenti)
4)Three minutes blues (E. Rosa)
5)Dubbio (E.Rosa)

Personnel :
Enrico Rosa , guitar,Ferdinando Argenti ,piano.
On 2 tracks , "Mondiale" and "Boston" the melody is played by Eva Rosa , alto recorder
Recorded on October the 17th 2002 at:
Recorded at : Thin Ice Productions Recording Studios, North Andover(Boston), Massachusetts , USA
This production is dedicated to the old friendship and joy of playing together that unite the stories of two fine Italian musicians.
The first track: Sqwaqwaz- (a nickname they used to call each other) - is minor blues jam on a funky groove, much like the ones they used to jam on in 1977, playing together for the first time: music full of energy and with no second thoughts. The second track, Copenhagen, calls us back to the time in which they met again in Denmark, in 1981; by then they had become more deeply involved in jazz and both liked to create special atmospheres, this one in particular inspired by the city of Copenhagen.
Track 3, Mondiale (world-wide), shows a way of exploring music with a kind of more "global" approach they both were searching for in the 80s; here Eva plays the first theme very lyrically on alto recorder, while Enrico creates nice contrasts with his harmonic tessitura; then Ferdinando takes over with a lovely solo interlude, and after Enrico's second theme, the two friends continue, taking it into beautiful jazz phrasing and a vigorous funky ending.
Three minutes blues, is a modal blues from the early 80's, jamming, as blues should be. The poly-rhythmical Dubbio (Doubt) was composed in 1981, when the two friends wanted to produce their music in Denmark, but it took more then twenty years before life finally gave them the opportunity in Boston, Massachusetts; which brings us to the final composition on this recording, appropriately, Boston; the tune was written on the way to the USA and it just speaks for itself.

Argenti & Rosa,
To the Old Friendship
(Do-Re, 2003)

Ferdinando Argenti and Enrico Rosa join together to create some wonderful jazz in To the Old Friendship. The give and take between the two musicians as they build off of one another's work makes the CD a joy to listen to.

For the most part there are only the two musicians on the CD: Argenti on piano and Rosa on guitar. They are joined on a few tracks by Eva Rosa, who plays alto recorder.

The first track, "Sqwaqwaz," shows off the play between the two men as they pass the lead back and forth. "Copenhagen" is a mellower composition, painting images of old building and narrow lanes. Eva Rosa joins them briefly on "Mondiale," and the sound of the piece changes drastically when she does.

"Three Minute Blues" lasts almost seven minutes, and at the end you want it to keep going. It blends jazz and the blues with the influence of the later on the first fluxing throughout the piece. There is a casual elegance in "Dubbio" as the music dances quietly. The CD ends with "Boston," and when Eva joins in on her recorder it adds to the theme.

Argenti and Rosa have created some amazing music on To the Old Friendship. The two musicians click and it shows in the byplay between them. It is good.

- Rambles
written by Paul de Bruijn
published 19 July 2003
To The Old Friendship
Argenti & Rosa | DO-RE

Two forward-leaning jazz artists team up for this session of modern sounds. The 40-minute program features creative improvisation based on all original compositions. Pianist Ferdinando Argenti pushes the envelope with deep percussive thrusts in support of his soaring melodic airs. Guitarist Enrico Rosa comes from the Wes Montgomery school of melodic interpretation. Together, the two swing deftly and with passion.

Both artists originally hail from Italy. Now based in New England, Argenti graduated from the Boston's Berklee School of Music. Rosa and his wife, Eva, live in Copenhagen, where they teach and continue to fuel their love of mainstream jazz. While the reuniting of two old friends carries with it a certain amount of emotion, the duo's album goes much further. Ballads, blues, and fierce jazz syncopation color their meeting with powerful, straight-ahead hues. Theirs is the kind of session that you can sink your teeth into -- along with nodding head and dancing feet.

~ Jim Santella

To the Old Friendship
Ferdinando Argenti and Enrico Rosa | Do-Re Music

Ferdinando Argenti follows up his 2000 self-released record Argenti with a brilliant duet recital with fellow Italian guitarist Enrico Rosa. Argenti has spent the last three years wisely, as is abundantly evident in his forward-looking composing and performance. A native of Pisa, Italy, Mr. Argenti received his formal musical training at the Berklee School of Music before going on to support the likes of Chet Baker, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz. Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Herbie Hancock touch his piano style, which is tempered with Argenti's own percussive touch and time.

Enrico Rosa, an Italian expatriate to Copenhagen, has been an associate of Argenti's for many years. They share an interest in mainstream jazz and come together here to make some fine examples of that genre. Rosa divides his time between electric and acoustic guitars. The former is demonstrated in the delightful complexity of Rosa's "Sqwaqwaz" and the latter in the wistful whimsy of his "Boston." Rosa's wife, Eva, provides alto recorder on the latter tune and the Joe Pass-ballad-like "Mondiale." All of these elements make for an entertaining and easily listened to collection of tunes. This disc is worth seeking out.

For more information, see Ferdinando Argenti and Enrico Rosa.

~ C. Michael Bailey

Review: TO THE OLD FRIENDSHIP is a highly engaging, innovative contemporary jazz collection from composers Ferdinando Argenti and Enrico Rosa. The piano and guitar solo performances are lively and creative. Another important aspect of this CD collection is that it uses the recorder, a fine compact instrument of intricate voice and tone that is turning up more frequently in jazz recordings.
There are 6 original jazz compositions in the collection. Each sparkles with life and style, each entertains! The songs are: "Sqwaqwaz," "Copenhagen," "Mondiale," "Three minutes blues," "Dubbio," and "Boston." Eva Rosa appears on alto recorder in "Mondiale" and "Boston."

For an enjoyable jazz outing, TO THE OLD FRIENDSHIP is well worth your listening time. The CD flyer lists the artist contacts as:,, and

A nice collection and highly enjoyable. Excellent.

Tracks: "Boston" is an outstanding jazz performance, one that showcases the talents of the three performers.

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Reviewed by: Lee Prosser


Argenti & Rosa- To the old friendship

The two native Italians, Pianist Ferdinando Argenti and guitarist, Enrico Rosa found a very nice and funky opener for their collaboration with the unpronounceable tune Sqwaqwaz

Ferdinando Argenti was on tour for many years with greats like Chet Baker, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz- Rosa has been treading on solo paths , his latest effort in 2002 called Passione and Musica.
The title tune to the old friendship stands not just for the friendship of the two musicians, but also to their ties to the two cities they live in: Copenhagen and Boston. Both are portrayed in a song. All songs - with the exception of the opener- are rather calm, carried by classical piano and guitar play and leave much room for improvisation.

To the old friendship is a classic(al)/jazz and very captivating Album, in which two masters of their craft and of their instruments show what they can do. Listening to it you get the sense that they inspired each other during the recording , to maximize their virtuosity. It is thrilling to follow along with this process and it turns this album to a veritable listening pleasure.

Ferdinando Argenti (click on "albums" and scroll down)

Peggy Thiele

CD: Argenti & Rosa - "To the Old Friendship" (Do-Re Records DoReCD4)

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Copenhagen (2) is a thoughtful and diverse composition with an obvious romantically nostalgic feel to it
The 7-minute Three Minute Blues and Dubbio (4 & 5) are as excellently thought out and diverse as Copenhagen and are done in a similar style, though there are more bluesy and symphonic shades in the musical palette of these compositions. Both of the remaining pieces: Mondiale and Boston (and these are the longest tracks on the album) contain the parts of alto recorder, performed by Enrico's wife Eva, and are my absolute favorites.

Conclusion. "To the Old Friendship" presents the high-quality music performed by real dabs.

Vitaly Menshikov: September 26, 2003


'To The Old Friendship'
World-Jazz. Italien. Danmark.

Pianist Ferdinando Argenti and guitarist Enrico Rosa are two Italian musicians who have a global and experimenting approach to jazz. The 6 tracks on the CD are all original compositions and on two of them Eva Rosa appears lyrically on treble recorder . It's music with great feeling and classical flavor , which makes you explore your soul and meditate , as well as carry you through sudden changes into a very energetic polyrhythmic music like in Dubbio and Sqwaqwaz which are both related to funk, jazz and blues.The musical interplay is a testimony of not only a friendship - built on more then 20 years- between the musicians , but also of a musical dialog which requires - as any other conversation - listening to each other , in order to move in the same direction.

Peter Krog

DJEMBE no 47 January - Marts 2004


Argenti e Rosa "To the old friendship"

Dopo "Passione & Musica" e "Rosae" il nostro Enrico Rosa prosegue nella sua carriera solista.
In attesa di pubblicazioni del Campo Di Marte, il baffuto chitarrista livornese (da anni in Danimarca) torna al suo più grande amore: il jazz. Nel 2003 la Do-Re pubblica l'ottimo "To the old friendship", realizzato con il ventennale amico pisano Ferdinando Argenti, pianista residente da anni a Boston e collaboratore di giganti del jazz come Lee Konitz, Chet Baker e il compianto Massimo Urbani.

L'album contiene sei brani di ottimo jazz contemporaneo: fluido, elegante, venato di folk e riferimenti classici, un elemento oramai costante nella composizione e nello stile di Rosa. Si parte da semplici canovacci e sui vamps si improvvisa: il feeling e la reciproca stima sono un carburante eccezionale. Un così lungo e durevole periodo di amicizia ha dato luogo ad una sola session d'incisione: l'album è stato registrato in un sol giorno (17 ottobre 2002) a Boston!

In apertura l'eccitante "Sqwaqwaz": è un nomignolo che i due usavano tempo fa ed è un brano funky-jazz in ricordo delle vecchie jam di fine anni '70. Interplay eccezionale, come raramente ci è dato sentire. E non è solo l'occasione per ascoltare un Rosa in perfetta forma, ma anche un delicato equilibrio pianoforte-chitarra, un connubio tra i più difficili da realizzare. Ancora un ricordo di vecchie jam riaffiora nella fumosa "Three minutes blues", anch'essa improvvisata con coinvolgimento e classe.

"Copenhagen" richiama al loro incontro avvenuto nel 1981: un brano romantico e riflessivo, in cui il piano tesse trame di insuperabile lirismo. L'incalzante "Dubbio" invece, scritta nel 1981 dopo il loro incontro, esprime la gioia e l'ansia del musicista nel momento della creazione.

"Mondiale" vede la partecipazione di Eva, consorte di Enrico e flautista impeccabile: è un brano più ricercato, che tocca diversi temi (flamenco, folk, musica classica, funk e jazz) in un approccio che i due da anni cercavano di realizzare compiutamente. Così anche "Boston", il lungo e malinconico brano finale scritto da Rosa durante il suo arrivo in USA. Anche qui l'apporto di Eva risulta intelligente e il brano è sicuramente tra i più riusciti.

Jazz moderno, raffinato e creativo, da due vecchi amici. Da non perdere.

Recensito nel Novembre 2003 da: Donato Zoppo -


from DoggyBag (English review)

"To The Old Friendship" is a jazz record, which consecrates the reunion of two friends : the guitarist Enrico Rosa and the pianist Ferdinando Argenti.
From the first notes of the album you appreciate the great skills of both masters. They have both and equally taken part in the composition of the album.
Accuracy and warmth are key words of the work. The pieces are perfectly linked and lead by both masters. The whole has a nice consistency, even though the themes tackled cover some of the numerous ramifications of jazz, like blues. There is also a little reference to progressive rock thanks to the participation of Eva Rosa who plays the alto recorder.

The two friends offer us a classic of the best taste. Nice as a good old friendship.

Argenti & Rosa: "To the Old Friendship", 2003.

Enrico Rosa es un viejo y querido amigo de este sitio, además de un músico apreciado sensiblemente por muchos de los lectores. Líder de la histórica banda italiana Campo di Marte, ha desarrollado una carrera que cubre diversas vertientes. Residente desde hace años en Dinamarca, esta obra celebra el encuentro en EEUU durante el año 2002 con su antiguo camarada, el tecladista Ferdinando Argenti. Ambos recrean composiciones que rememoran sus encuentros desde 1977 en adelante, inmersos en el jazz con Enrico en la guitarra y Ferdinando el piano, enmarcados en un clima de permanente cordialidad que pasea desde delicados jams hasta afectuosos blues. Puede decirse que son prácticamente tomas en directo que exteriorizan toda la calidad técnica de este dúo. Eva Rosa, esposa de Enrico y flautista de formación académica tercia en un par de temas, enriqueciendo el espectro sonoro y aportando sutilezas desde su instrumento. Quienes disfruten de estas vertientes musicales no saldrán defraudados con "To the Old Friendship", un álbum de delicadas melodías, sin estridencias y con atmósferas que surgidas del fraternal dialogo de los instrumentos hacen honor al título

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