Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja play together on the italian jazz scene since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions related to tradition, with a solid jazz background, mixed with folk music, classical forms and free improvisation.
They are composers and players in Mahanada Quartet, a well-known unusual ensemble that represented Italy in 2003 at the XI Athens Biennial and in several jazz and contemporary festivals in Europe and USA(among the others XI Klaipeda International Jazz Festival, Casa del Jazz Rome, New York University) ). and recorded three CDs, for SplascH Records label:[uno], Taranta’s Circles, and Mannahatta, internationally acclaimed by the critic. Taranta’s Circles has been included in .“Critic’s Choice Top Ten 2006” Cadence Magazine.Usa, and in Best Albums Of 2006 of All About Jazz Italy. ....
"Best Albums of 2009" All ABOUT JAZZ,Italy
Critic's Choice: "Album of the Year", "Group of the Year", "Musicians of the Year" Top Jazz Poll 2009, MUSICA JAZZ
"Favourite 10 CD's of 2006" El Intruso Jazz Magazine - Argentina
BEST ALBUMS OF 2009
ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Italy Aug.2009
A work of rare elegance and intelligence, and dialogic fineness. A continuous pleasure for ears and mind
Four Stars ****
-Neri Pollastri, ALL ABOUT JAZZ Italy Aug.2009
The duets between guitarist Mazzu and pianist Troja made me sit up straight in my chair. Inventive, probing, and winding lines are traded back and forth with lightness and wit. I would have thought that “Bye Bye Blackbird” had long since flown off, but this CD shows that there’s life in it. I was occasionally reminded of Jimmy Rowles and Joe Pass, but these players are outstandingly adventurous, intertwining yet never overriding one another.
This CD duet should be required listening for improvisers of all persuasions.
-Michael Steinman, CADENCE,
The whole is immersed in a sort of poetic chastity, and the spirit of the theme is never forced. And the game of trade and raises between the two musicians is very enjoyable
-Giuseppe Piacentino, MUSICA JAZZ
The musical result is enchanting and mesmerizing, making this recording a must-hear-again selection of favorite melodies”.
-Dr.Roberta Zlokower, ROBERTA ON THE ARTS.com- USA July 2009
“Two extraordinary musicians...both have approached the standards, which for most of people are untouchable and immaculate, with a surprisingly attractive and exquisite combination of respect and irony”
-Marcelo Morales, EL INTRUSO Jazz Magazine - ARGENTINA July 2009
The formula is winning: very close to a famous meeting between Jim Hall and Michel Petrucciani, with the complicity of Wayne Shorter, the legendary Power of Three... And here they are then still bring out something new, of unheard, from these useful canvas”
-Vincenzo Fugaldi, JAZZITALIA June 2009
Seven Tales About Standards (SplascH 2006)
Mazzù and Troja approach in these tunes is a delight …imagine Herb Ellis duetting with George Russell … like a Third Stream reworking of Undercurrent -Nate Dorward CADENCE-USA
Mazzù throws in a bit of ragtime or Spanish guitar now and then, but he never clashes with Troja's jazz stylings. Despite having just two players, this CD is sometimes relaxed and sometimes fast paced. It is an interesting recording worth checking out -Dave Howell RAMBLES.NET A Cultural Arts Magazine -USA
Troja and Mazzù have masterfully designed one-of-a-kind interpretations of popular standards -Dr.Roberta E. Zlowoker, ROBERTA ON THE ARTS.com-USA
No se trata de dos virtuosos en tren de demostrar lo que pueden tocar. Se conocen, se complementan, se divierten...icomo yo! Impactante version! -Marcelo Morales EL INTRUSO Jazz Magazine - ARGENTINA
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In 2005 they together taught at the University Of Messina, at UniversiSonori, Laboratory For Improvised Music. Giancarlo Mazzù teaches also Jazz Guitar and Jazz Harmony in Trapani at Conservatory of Music “A. Scontrino”.
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