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Mare Nostrum

  • 1. Mare Nostrum
    2. Principessa
    3. Eu Nao Existe Sem Voce
    4. Seagull, The
    5. Que Reste-T Il de Nos Amours?
    6. Years Ahead
    7. Sonia's Nightmare
    8. Chat Pitre
    9. Valzer del Ritorno
    10. Open Your Mind
    11. Liberty Waltz
    12. Mio Mehmet, Forse il Destino M'Impedir di Rivederti
    13. Ma Mre l'Oye
    14. Para Jobim
    15. Varvindar Friska
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0094662ACT

  • Credits
    EngineerStefano Amerio

    Personnel: Richard Galliano (accordion, bandoneon); Paolo Fresu (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richard Galliano; Paolo Frescura (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jan Lundgren (piano).
    Audio Mixer: Stefano Amerio.
    Recording information: Arte Suono Studios, Cavalicco, Italy (01/07/2007-01/11/2007).
    Photographer: Ziga Koritnik.
    Arrangers: Richard Galliano; Jan Lundgren.
    Mare Nostrum's biggest surprise isn't its instrumentation -- a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano -- but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren are well-known, critically praised jazz musicians who have all been known to eschew musical boundaries and defy genre limitations, so the music on Mare Nostrum -- an album co-led by all three -- shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should its quality, and yet not everybody would have expected such marvelous results. The 15 compositions on the album include originals by all three musicians and several covers, touching upon jazz, tango, classical music, and folk, reinterpreting Charles Trnet ("Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?"), encompassing Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce"), and Maurice Ravel ("Ma Mre L'Oye"). There is an almost delightful sense of trust and ease among the three performers, who never take away their bandmates' spotlights, and who find a balance between playfulness and restraint throughout the album. The music is evocative, as if it was the soundtrack to a missing Louis Malle movie, and much of it creates a warm feeling of gentle nostalgia, even on the more up-tempo tracks. Let's hope these musicians meet again to record more music -- Mare Nostrum is a precious gem. ~ Christian Genzel

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "As the trio members thrust and parry through these tunes, an exacting balance bolsters the music's genteel nature while stressing its evocative side."
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