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Look for the Silver Lining

by Ferdinando Argenti

Melodic yet intense , sophisticated yet accessible , traditional yet somehow modern jazz playing and singing from pianist Ferdinando Argenti and his two trios ( one featuring Kenwood Dennard on drums) on this CD with liner notes written by Larry Coryell .
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Friends (feat. Bob Savine & Todd Baker)
6:48 $0.99
2. Pitero (feat. Bob Savine & Todd Baker)
6:59 $0.99
3. The Walk (feat. Ron Mahdi & Kenwood Dennard)
6:54 $0.99
4. Oh, You Crazy Moon (feat. Bob Savine & Todd Baker)
5:06 $0.99
5. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (feat. Kenwood Dennard & Ron Mahdi)
8:49 $0.99
6. Cos' Hai Trovato in Lui (feat. Kenwood Dennard & Ron Mahdi)
5:35 $0.99
7. The Curse of an Aching Heart (feat. Todd Baker & Bob Savine)
3:23 $0.99
8. Soul Hero (feat. Ron Mahdi & Kenwood Dennard)
6:57 $0.99
9. Look for the Silver Lining (feat. Todd Baker & Bob Savine)
8:19 $0.99
10. A Beautiful Friendship (feat. Kenwood Dennard & Ron Mahdi)
6:24 $0.99
11. Amici (feat. Todd Baker & Bob Savine)
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Album Notes
"The Ferdie Argenti CD with two trios “Look for the silver lining”
is a masterpiece of jazz playing and singing. I can't remember
when I heard a pianist who could sing that great and play his
tail off at the same time.
Ferdie and I first worked together in 2010 on a project with our
friend, guitarist-composer-singer Bob Wolfman and I enjoyed
his musical contribution on that project to the max . . . this
dude can burn with the best of them.
They say that Jazz is an African-American music, and I agree.
But I also say that anybody, any one, who understands what
jazz is about can play it. Ferdie is Italian, of course, and in a
way, being Italian, with that culture's deep understanding and
exposition of art and music, he fits right in with the classic
piano greats like Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Bud Powell,
and of course, Chick Corea.
Here he does two different versions of Chick's "Friends" and
they're fantastic, because one is acoustic piano and
instrumental (without voice) and the other is electric piano with
voice, with Italian lyrics. Not so sotto voce, eh?
What Ferdie can do that nobody else does (to the extent that
he does it) is sing his heart out, and then play his heart out--
his vocal and instrumental expressions are equally strong. It's
not like he's trying to get a gig at the local Holiday Inn lounge,
no!--he belongs in the concert hall!
With his great sidemen, he tears into standards that many of
us are famiiar with, like "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise".
Ferdie gives that oft-played evergreen a fresh treatment--
arranging with different syncopation, and throwing in some
never-before-used substitute chords. He leads his trio to a
new level of genuine "swingin'" . . . they swing and they swing
But it's Ferdie's originals that really caught my ear; I think the
"Walk" and "Soul Hero" are destined to become jazz
standards--listen to all those chords Ferdie composed for
"Soul Hero"--that's harmonic movement at its best, and the
way Ferdie improvises is, as Chick would say, "spot on", i.e.
he elucidates his spontaneous ideas with fire and freshness,
coupled with an impeccable time-feeling. For Ferdie, "time" is
definitely not just a magazine.
What really killed me was Kenwood Dennard's brilliant twelvebar
drum breaks in “The Walk"-- to really get the full gist of
what Woody's doing, you have to listen several times--first,
listen to the feet, then listen to the ambidextrous arms, then
listen one more time to all those elements together to
assimilate the full brunt of the distinguished Berklee
professor's ingenious technique. Unsurpassed!
But the most emotional and soulful composition from Ferdie
on this brilliant date is "Pitero", a paean to his Grandfather.
This is a beautiful song in its own right, and the sincerity with
which Ferdie delivers (in English, mind you) this heartfelt and
personal message is, well, peerless, to say the least.
It's amazing what talented jazz cats can do these days with
the basic elements of the music--rhythm, harmony, the
melodies and countermelodies; their collective melange
become art, and the art becomes magic and is magical.
Jazz recording is and always will be, a permanent document
of a particular performing-moment in time. This is what makes
it so new, all over again, and again. Ferdinando Argenti has
captured a series of spontaneous moments with some likeminded
and sympathetic colleagues, and then some.
Historically, like Chick did all those years ago with "Now He
Sings, Now He Sobs", Ferdie has transformed the
multifaceted potential of the piano trio into an artful revelation
never heard before. Molto bene, Ferdie and colleagues,
grazie mille!"
Larry Coryell
'With this project I meant to give new life to some unreleased originals of mine and a few other tunes I
always loved and, at the same time, to offer my own tribute to some of my“heroes” in music. Strictly
by word association, this brings me to explain the title of Soul Hero. To me, a soul hero is someone
who heroically strives to conduct an inner (and therefore outer) peaceful crusade by reaching and
tapping into his/her higher soul to continually ameliorate him/herself , and thus the world around, on a
spiritual level, in this classroom called life on earth. And being able to “Look for the silver lining” is
one of the basic tools for beginning to do just that. That particular song is my tribute to Chet Baker ,
whose music always reflected purity and beauty in spite of his “troubled” life. I had the fortune of
witnessing it while playing a few gigs with him in Italy in the 80s.
“The curse of an aching heart” and (no reference by its title ) is another modest tribute of mine to
Frank Sinatra , who recorded it during his most swinging period - our version here is basically a trio
reduction of the original Billy May's big band chart).“Oh, you crazy moon” is also in honour to both
Frank's and Chet's versions. Both takes of “Friends” are my homage to Chick Corea, who penned the
music. I wrote the Italian lyrics to its beautiful melody thinking of a few special “amici” (friends) of
mine in the “Old Country”. The Italian song“Cos'hai trovato in lui'”(“What did you find in him?”) is
by Bruno Martino (more known in the jazz world for writing “Estate”) . I once had the pleasure to
meet him while on a gig in Tuscany.
“Pitero” goes out to the memory of my paternal grandfather Ferdinando (the 1st).
Many thanks to the fabulous musicians who joined me for these recordings:
Kenwood Dennard , of Jaco Pastorius' group fame , drummer who also worked with Dizzy Gillespie,
Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, and many others;
Bob Savine, drums (Keely Smith , Mike Metheny , etc.)
Todd Baker, bass,(Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman,etc..) and
Ron Mahdi , bass (Roy Haynes , Milt Jackson, etc.). Now, softly (as in a morning sunrise) , but ideally
as firmly as the walk through life of a soul hero , I encourage all of you, my “amici” to always”Look
for the silver lining”,even during occasional aching hearts. Hopefully, this is NOT the end of a
beautiful friendship...just the beginning of love ! :)"
Ferdinando Argenti
Ferdinando “Ferdi” Argenti is an Italian jazz pianist/singer from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, who has been
living in the United States for a couple of decades after travelling the world extensively playing music.
He has performed with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Grossman,
Herb Pomeroy, The Artie Shaw Band, Gray Sargent, Greg Hopkins, Matt Garrison, Jeff Ballard, Clive
Chaman, Charles Davis, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Flavio Boltro,Lance Bryant, and many others .
He has performed and recorded with Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Kenwood Dennard, Jorge Rossi,
Marshall Wood, Marcello Pellitteri, Joshua Redman, Antonio Hart, Enrico Rosa, Cicci Santucci, Bob
Wolfman, Dave Mattacks, George Blackmon, and more; this is his third own jazz CD, after the first,
simply entitled “Argenti”, and a live album by the Ferdinando Argenti Trio entitled “Live at the
Sahara” . He has been featured in concerts and performances, TV shows and radio shows both in
Europe and in the USA, and has travelled as far as Japan and Scandinavia for musical engagements and
jazz clinics.
Recorded by Peter Kontrimas at PBS Studio, Westwood, MA
Mixed and mastered by Bob Patton , Thin Ice Productions, N.Andover, MA
Graphic design by Bob Patton, bpInteractive, N.Andover, MA



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