Born: April 26, 1954
MARIO FRAGIACOMO, trumpetist, flugelhornist, composer was born in Triest (Italy). He started studying music privately when he was 9 years old. His father, a former band player, is the one who first turned his thoughts into studying wind instruments. At 12 he started playing in the Ricreatorio G. Brunner band of Triest.
In the sixties he attended at the same time both the Conservatory G. Tartini in Triest and the accountancy school. In 1971 he had the opportunity of playing with the Silvio Donati Jazz group at the Bayreuth Youth International Festival in Germany. Following a co-operation with various musical groups, in 1973 he formed the Trieste Jazz Ensemble, and with this group he performed several concerts of Free jazz. He devoted then himself to the study of contemporary music, going deeper into the study of jazz music. After moving to Milan, he improved his studies at Nuova Milano Musica with Sergio Fanni and Luciano Biasutti. In 1977 he took part of a study seminar with Evan Parker and Andrea Centazzo and the Course on Jazz Music held in Milan by Giorgio Gaslini at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire and subsequenthly entered his Big Band....
Vocalist Sabrina Sparti’s wordless vocalise adds quite a bit of luster to this project on pieces such as “Ashkenazim Time” - where the band pursues stately choruses and military march progressions. They can swing hard or segue into a Slavic wedding ceremony. The group also propagates a West Coast (United States) kind of vibe amid breezy horns and Ms. Sparti’s airy scat singing on “Beograd.” It’s all about style, character and finesse. More importantly, the ensemble proclaims a wealth of sprightly themes throughout this generally melodious set. All concerned parties turn in thoughtful and at times, invigorating solo spots. However, the musicians’ teamwork and irrefutable sense of focus and determination provides the Midas touch! Recommended. --GLENN ASTARITA, All About Jazz
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