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Night Dancers

by Paolo Lattanzi Group

This heterogeneous quintet proposes pulsating and alive music, alternating tension and energy with moments of pure lyricism. A fresh recording, rich of rhythmic and melodic ideas.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Cicerchì's Wanderlust
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2. Just a Story
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3. 14/2
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4. In a Dark Room
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5. When It Doesn't Matter
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6. Other Lands
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7. Night Dancers
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8. Four Years Gone
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9. Fairy Tales to a Child
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10. May
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Released by jazz label Silta Records in July 2006.


Liner Notes:

"I am impressed with the way the individual talents of the five musicians are blended together to create a group sound as they complete the journey of each of the tunes. They listen to each other and each episode follows in organic continuity with the one before it, whether it be phrase to phrase or from soloist to soloist. Nikolay Moiseenko (saxes) and Aurelien Budynek (guitars) are an exhilarating “front line” [...] Pau Terol (Piano) and Marco Panascia (bass) are also great improvisers and provide a consistent and energetic comping foundation throughout the CD. Paolo Lattanzi, the composer of these tunes, provides a unique time ride accompaniment as the drummer. [...] Paolo knows what he wants and what rhythmic color choices will best support his melodic/harmonic ideas and he delivers the drum part with inspired confidence."

Ken Pullig
Chair Jazz Composition
Berklee College of Music
(Excerpts)



"It's the first album in my recent memory which begins by plunging immediately into a deep swinging groove but relaxed as hell. Smooth. Very nice move [...] These people love music. Can you hear it? [...] That's what Night Dancers is doing: releasing the music a little at a time to us… Killer! There are no weak links! [...] Dare I say the pacing and arranging border on brilliant! [...] Metric modulation. I have been quitely playing and loving metric modulation since my work in 1977 with Brand X (plus Tom Pierson, Aydin Esen, Wayne Shorter), Gil Evans, Delmar Brown and Gary Chaffee. You’ve got to love it. Hopefully with people like Sting helping introduce some of it to the public and people like Paolo Lattanzi Group keeping metric modulation alive in jazz, we'll have our better world right here as we listen to Night Dancers."

Kenwood Dennard
World Renowned Drummer / Composer
(Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Sting, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius, among others)
(Excerpts)



Review by MusicBoom.it:

The first release of this young band leaded by Italian drummer Paolo Lattanzi is a real impressive one, with a surprising force wave, thanks to the maturity of the artistic concept fixed on the disc. It is a multinational group in which together with Italian bassist Marco Panascia we find the Spanish Pau Terol on piano and keys, the French Aurelien Budynek on guitars and the Russian Nikolay Moiseenko on alto and soprano saxophones.
They all come from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and show, as if it was needed, that it is possible to obtain the better results only by studying.

The music of the young drummer is characterized by a nice rhythmic charge rooted in what today is considered modern jazz, with its bop cadences and suffused with dashes of electric sounds provided with diligence by Budynek’s guitars and, when he is called on it, by Panascia’s electric bass. A couple of tunes are memorable, like “Just a Story” with Russian saxophonist Nikolay Moiseenko playing a la Kenny Garrett (one of the most interesting saxophonists of the last generation) with great proficiency, able to accelerate and slow down his stream of notes in a genial way, at will, telling a story rich of rests and suggestive moments, with a dramatic voice and an overall fierceness.

Lattanzi’s compositions are successfully show his preparation at all levels. The general impression left by this album is that of a group of veterans, ended up by mistake in a label interested in some contemporary developments like Giorgio Dini’s. On the contrary they are newcomers and release one of the most interesting works of this year for what concerns Italian jazz.

Cosimo Parisi
MusicBoom.it





PAOLO LATTANZI GROUP:

Aurelien Budynek – Nylon String, Electric and Fretless Guitars
Nikolay Moiseenko – Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Pau Terol – Piano and Organ
Marco Panascia – Acoustic and Electric Basses
Paolo Lattanzi - Drums

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“Sometimes, when it is real it makes you face sides of yourself that, although familiar, you usually don’t deal with in such a magnified fashion. It might be severe at times but probably that’s the deepest reason why we are still taking it with us.

In some way Music is a memento.”
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Issue #23 (Oct/Nov 2006)

ONE WAY Magazine
Italian drummer Paolo Lattanzi leads his sophisticated ensemble through focused, ornately performed original compositions. The recording quality on Night Dancers is very impressive and unlike some percussionist bandleaders, Lattanzi gives the quintet much space to explore. The percolating “In a Dark Room” shows his strength at laying down uptempo grooves, while “14/2” features beautiful piano chord clusters.
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Gianpaolo Chiriacò

CD review on CoolClub.it (Italian Magazine - November 2006)
Smooth, broad, focused as well as carefree, rich of colors and evocations: the repertoire in Night Dancers offers a complete panoramic view of all the possible variants of the theme “melodic line plus improvisation”. Paolo Lattanzi’s group is young (although you wouldn’t expect it), polyglot, rampant (in a good way), omnivorous. The five musicians are jumping like crickets between the relaxed pace of Cicerchì’s Wanderlust and the slight inquietude of the title track; between the polyrhythms of In a Dark Room and the cinematic mood of When it Doesn’t Matter. Emotional and propulsive stimulations, an incontestable and steady pulse, a vigorous approach – incisive but always comfortable – these are the necessary resources for a group that finds its place among the most appealing proposals in contemporary jazz. The different proveniences of the five – two Italians, a Spaniard, a Frenchman and a Russian – guarantee the spontaneity of each intervention. With the growing of their experience they will eventually become an unfailing musical apparatus.
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Vincenzo Roggero

All About Jazz - Italy | CD Review 11/21/2006
A French guitarist, a Russian saxophonist, a Spanish pianist, an Italian bassist as the drummer and leader, a day of recording at the famed Rear Window Studio in Brookline, the attention of Silta Records and there you have Night Dancers, first release of the Paolo Lattanzi Group. Wonders of the recording industry globalization? Not at all, it is simply the power of Berklee College of Music, the legendary sanctuary of jazz which witnessed the meeting of these musicians but, most of all, their desire to leave a sign of the artistically happy moment they are living at such an early stage of their career.



Nigh Dancers bears Berklee’s trademark: a great technical facility, respect and knowledge of the tradition, mastery of the stylistic languages with a preference to the modern mainstream, a focus on the form that results in tunes with a well defined harmonic and rhythmic structure.



Night Dancers, however, has an extra merit: a typically Italian innate predisposition to melody that characterizes the whole recording. It can be heard not only in tracks of painful beauty such as “14/2”, of veiled melancholy like “When it Doesn’t Matter” or rich in suggestions as the title track, but also in those that are distinguished by a more active and articulate rhythmic approach.



Paolo Lattanzi, additionally, is capable of rearranging the settings of the disc at times as standard acoustic jazz, at times as an electric jazz which is never predictable, supported by a unique attention to the arrangements and the interpretation of the music.



Interesting.
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