Monday, January 10, 2011

Dado Moroni Trio: Shapes (2010)

Dado Moroni, the internationally acclaimed pianist and elder statesman of Italian jazz makes his TCB debut with a new trio featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Enzo Zirilli who is based in London and playing regularly on the UK scene.
Featuring a great selection of tunes, five originals from Dado plus four standards that include wonderful interpretations of Ivan Lins' "Love Dance" and Jobim's "Desafinado", the album is dedicated to Italian tenor saxophonist and friend Gianni Basso. The album also introduces Dado as a singer for the first time on the standard "Here's to Life", which is performed as a tribute to another friend, drummer 'extraordinaire' Bobby Durham. Both Gianni Basso and Bobby Durham passed away in the summer of 2009.
Dado Moroni Dado is no newcomer to the recording studio. As well as leading and recording with his own trio, he has appeared on at least 24 albums over the past 15 years with such musicians as Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Al Grey, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington and, of course Tom Harrell and George Robert with whom he has both toured and recorded widely. He was also Ray Brown's 'first call' pianist whenever the great bassist toured Italy. Dado also appeared on the Ray Brown album, Some of 'My Best Friends Are...the Piano Players' (Telarc).
1. Ballade Pour Gianni
2. Brother Alfred
3. Desafinado
4. The Duck and the Duchess
5. Love Dance
6. F.B.S.
7. For the Time Being
8. Shark Attack
9. Here's to Life
Recorded Oct 26-28, 2009 at Zerodiecistudio, Genova, Italy
Dado Moroni (piano)
Peter Washington (bass)
Enzo Zirilli (drums)