Born: October 23, 1964
Danilo Memoli, jazz pianist
Besides his work in the steady rhythm section for the great tenor saxophonist Steve Grossman since ’98 and the leadership of his own trio, italian pianist DANILO MEMOLI has worked in the years with many great musicians on tour in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece...: among those players are New York soloists John Mosca, Eddie Henderson, Lew Tabackin, Jesse Davis, Vincent Herring, Jim Snidero, Bob Sands, Dave Schnitter, Kurt Weiss and many italian names (Fabio Morgera, Pietro Tonolo, Roberto Rossi, Carlo Atti, Fabrizio Bosso, Piero Odorici... With the trio format, MEMOLI released two cds: the first recording (1999) – is simply entitled JAZZ and features Grossman and Mosca as guest stars on some tunes. It received many good reviews on the specialized magazines in Italy (Musica Jazz, Jazzit, Jazz Magazine, Zoing-Jazz, Jazzitalia). The second trio cd, FELIEC (2004, released in 2005) is exclusively in trio, and contains some recent compositions written by Danilo, and a few arrangements of standard tunes like Old Devil Moon, You & The Night & The Music, plus Solitude and Caravan from the Ellington book. It also received very good reviews, and has been broadcasted on many european radios in Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and France. Apart from other cds as a sideman, he recorded with his recent NEWROPEAN QUARTET, co-lead with saxophonist Ralph Reichert, four cds between 2008 and 2011: “AMAPOLA”, released in Germany, which includes some original compositions from the pianist; “TIME ON MY HANDS” which once again features Steve Grossman as guest artist; “EARLY AUTUMN” with the voice of singer Ruth Young, Chet Baker’s wife for over a decade; “ALL MY TOMORROWS” (2012), a sextet with the American soloists Kurt Weiss and John Mosca. He teaches Jazz Piano and Combo in workshops throughout Europe....
“Pianist Danilo Memoli, whose stile is rooted in the great lesson of the fathers of Be-Bop but enriched with other influences, performs with sparkles of true originality, as is also well demonstrated by his interesting compositions…” (as above)
“Memoli is also a very gifted arranger, and his work on the standards Old Devil Moon and You & The Night & The Music gives these evergreens a new, particular perspective.” (as above)
“Memoli plays here with a great sweetness, at times shyness. The very personal aspects in these songs are mixed with those of the artist and the musician.” M. Losavio - Jazzitalia.net, review of “FELIEC”
“The search for an effective essentiality is reached by playing with a subtle control but with an intense energy that is needed to control the available dynamics of the trio. Memoli definitely reveals his maturity and class.” (as above)
“(...) two eminent guests and a very nice feeling throughout the whole recording. Memoli’s nimble, natural elegance, is far from the current conventions. He is also responsible for some excellent arrangements (slightly à la Horace Silver) which shine in this CD. All in all, over seventy-one minutes of interesting, flowing, high-quality jazz.” B. Schiozzi Musica Jazz magazine, review of “JAZZ”
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