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by John Serry

Original modern jazz by Grammy nominated pianist/composer John Serry with his trio in Europe.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Disquisition
6:34 $1.00
2. Monody
6:11 $1.00
3. Dance One
7:48 $1.00
4. The Shift
5:00 $1.00
5. Enchantress
8:00 $1.00
6. Too Two Blues
8:47 $1.00
7. The One
8:58 $1.00
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Album Notes

1. Disquisition 6:34
2. Monody 6:11
3. Dance One 7:47
4. The Shift 5:00
5. Enchantress 8:00
6. Too Two Blues 8:47
7. The One 8:58

John Serry piano / composer
Paolo Ghetti bass
Bruno Farinelli drums

All composed by John Serry (BMI), published by Serry Publishing Company (BMI). Produced by John Serry and released on SPCo Records (a division of Serry Publishing Company.) Recorded November 17,18, 2017 and mixed November 20,21, 2017 at Overstudio, Cento, Italy. Angelo Paracchini engineer. Special thanks for artwork assistance Fabrizio Pezzino (Forme D'Arte). All compositions and arrangements © 2017 John Serry Jr. All tracks ℗ 2017 John Serry Jr.

Artist notes:

This trio album was a long time coming. That is, in part, because I move around a lot. Since relocating to Europe, I have performed around the UK, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. Sometimes I have rented five or six apartments/rooms in a single year. During the last two or three years, as I was continuing to bounce around Europe, even making a couple of trips back to the U.S., Bruno Farinelli and I would occasionally talk about making a trio recording. When the time and conditions were right, I informed Bruno and we began to make plans. Bruno had the studio picked out as it was one with a grand piano where he had recorded several times and had been happy with the results. I heard some of those things and they sounded good. Over time, the studio and Bruno had developed a good relationship and an attractive, preferential rate. The only unknown was the feel of the piano, but as it was a Yamaha C3, I was pretty sure that the action would be fine. Scheduling between Bruno, Paolo Ghetti, me and the studio was a little tricky, but we finally settled on a five day period in November 2017. It included two days of recording and two of mixing with a day off in between. I flew to Bologna, and then bussed to Cento, after playing a couple of concerts with my trio in Sicily. (I have trios in a few places now.) After the recording, I played a concert in Sicily and then I was off to the south of France to play with my trio there.

I first met Bruno Farinelli after I sat in at a jazz gig in Bologna. He walked right up to me, introduced himself and said that he wanted to play with me. I did not know anything about him, but I agreed to send him music parts and recordings. After a very short time, two weeks maybe, he called me and said that he was ready. I went to his studio and he played all of my music by memory without mistakes. I said, Ok, you are my drummer. Paolo Ghetti played my first Italian concert and always remained my favorite bassist. So when Bruno and I discussed the album, I said that I would only do it with Paolo.

For the past 10 years, I have been proactively developing new musical language, the last nine of those years playing in trio formation. That development is apparent on this album. There are three new compositions (Disquisition, Monody, Too Two Blues) and new versions of four previously recorded compositions (Dance One and Enchantress from my 1996 album, Enchantress, as well as The One and The Shift from my 2013 album, The Shift, which was actually recorded in 2006.) The fact that Disquisition is my first trio album would be reason enough to revisit the older compositions, but I also wanted to record those tunes with the more recently developed melodic vocabulary and harmonic concepts - and,specifically, with Bruno and Paolo. As an album, Disquisition presents my music the way that I see, hear and play it now, whether newly composed or revisited compositions. Accordingly, it is, as the title suggests, a sort of musical essay on what I have been thinking, feeling, hearing and developing for a good many years.

John Serry, December 2017, Europe


"Great energy and connection in the trio. Absolute joy to hear the new pieces and the familiar ones are imbedded with a greater organic freedom that makes the music sing so wonderfully. Love the opening number and you getting your McCoy on with your own very distinct signature! The second piece also marks a conceptual approach fresh to your marvellous cannon. Your solos on all the pieces show considerable fluidity and improvisational confidence. Love rhythmic playfulness and assurance of your solo on the shift! The programming is spot on - bravo John and congratulations to you, Bruno and Paolo."
--- Julian Joseph, pianist, composer, host of BBC Radio 3 "Jazz Line-Up"

"Sounds great! It sounds compact and you got fine players there. Your playing was always good and on this one is again even better. Never stopping progress is what I like in musicians. Some songs I didn't know from before so it's good to hear some new tunes from you. And piano trio is my favourite."--- Adam Tvrdy, guitarist, composer, Prague

"I really love your sound, John. I really like it all but most 2 and then 1 (but that is just my personal momentary choice.) You have such a lovely deep colour of your playing."
-------- Vladimira Krckova, vocalist, actress, model, Prague/London

"monody !!! j aime beaucoup very molto."
-------- Fabrice Vallot, bassist, Perpignan, France

"Congratulations! Disquisition sounds great."
------ Ethan Fein, guitarist, composer, New York



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Charles Descarfino

Another Great Album by John Serry !
If you you are already familiar with the work of the pianist and composer John Serry you will certainly love this trio recording where he is joined by two fine musicians, Bruno Farinelli (drums) and Paolo Ghetti (bass).. If you are not familiar with Mr. Serry's work, you can rectify the problem by adding this recording to your collection and then move on to Enchantress and The Shift, where you will be treated to the music of a truly talented pianist and composer. Serry has a gift for composition , his playing is hard driving and always melodically and rhythmically interesting. If you are a music lover, you will not be disappointed!

Mark McEvoy

Jazz of the highest quality
A wonderful Jazz trio album, well worth the wait. John Serry delivers another beautiful set of composition (3 new and 4 revamped) with Bruno Farinelli (drums) and Paolo Ghetti (bass). Tight, sensitive playing all round covering a range of moods from Latin influenced and syncopated rhythms to majestic, dissonant meditative soundscapes. His solos are stunning - weaving in and out of his lyrical and complex progressions with effortless technical mastery. A great sounding recording, this musical journey is an essential addition to any Jazz lover’s collection. John Serry is a Jazz legend - still surprising and inspiring us with his unique musical voice full of rich harmonic textures and intricate melodies. Don’t delay…

Thomas Wubbenhorst

I was so happy to receive my copies of John Serry's new album DISQUISITION - one for me and one for a mutual friend. Fabulous!!! - which is no surprise having known John for decades - first through his music for percussion, his fusion groups, and then through a composition commission for a new concerto for marimba and wind band. John is a musician of the highest order and able to bridge styles from contemporary classical to funk and jazz. I love the new album and the amazing duo that fills out the John Serry trio; it is tight and well-constructed - a joy to hear - something I will do over and over. Hopefully, many others will take the opportunity to hear and to purchase DISQUISITION. I am hopeful that he will be back in the USA soon and close enough to catch him live - until then, the CD is the best I have!


Great stuff
Best trio album I have heard in a long time.