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Gianluigi Trovesi

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Gianluigi Trovesi

Gianluigi Trovesi has accomplished that most difficult of feats, not only for a jazzman, or a musician even, but for any artist. He managed to create a musical world that is instantly recognizable and completely original at the same time. Drawing upon an unlikely and personal combination of sources, and having undergone a growth process in which the usual steps in the development of a musical career were reversed, Trovesi bloomed relatively late as an artist. Yet today his voice as a composer and improviser ranks among those who created the notion of a “European Jazz” inspired by the American tradition, but not an imitation of it. Michel Portal, Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker and John Surman are others who help define its range. Born in 1944 into a working-class family in Nembro, a small village in an Alpine valley not far from Bergamo in northern Italy, the young Trovesi found music around him. It was played in the common spaces of his neighborhood: the chorus for traditional mountain singing or the church choir, the guitar-accordion-clarinet trio that accompanied dances, and later the rare record and the communal listening to opera and light classical music on the first radio sets. Music was so intertwined with everyday life Trovesi didn't realize it could be a separate profession until a music teacher told him about the Bergamo Conservatory, a time-honored institution situated in the city of Donizetti just a few kilometers away, where people - to his amazement - could go to learn and play music all day. He gained there his diploma in clarinet in 1966, having also studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue with Maestro Vittorio Fellegara, a relevant personality in the history of Italian music of '900. But at the same time his musical curiosity, and the chance to earn some well deserved fees, brought him to play in dance hall, where the American dance tunes were added to the European traditional music for walzer and polka, mixed with the ever-popular tango. Swing of the Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman denomination was then the prevailing element in jazz, even if quickly Charlie Parker's bop, Mulligan's and Konitz's cool and the first recordings by Ornette Coleman were added to the heady mix. The young musician was indeed listening avidly to the “new thing” coming from the USA. Especially relevant was the chance to listen live to Mingus' group with Eric Dolphy at the Milano festival in 1964. Dolphy's alto phrasing was rooted into bebop but his point of arrival was completely different, and the way he used the bass clarinet was another world if compared to what was studied in the Conservatory for classical and contemporary music....
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Gianluigi Trovesi Octet
FUGACE, ECM 1827
2003 (registrato in studio a Milano nel giugno 2002)

Gianluigi Trovesi con la WDR Big Band di Colonia, M.Stockhausen, F.Maras, T.Rainey
DEDALO, Enja ENJ9419
2003 (registrato in studio a Colonia (D) nei giorni 28, 29 e 30 maggio 2001 e live a Moers (D) il 1 giugno 2001)

Gianluigi Trovesi Nonet
ROUND ABOUT A MIDSUMMER'S DREAM, Enja ENJ9384
(registrato live a Karlsrhue (D) e in studio a Baden Baden (D) nei giorni 5, 6, 7 e 8 luglio 1999)

Gianluigi Trovesi con l'orchestra da camera "Enea Salmeggia" diretta da B. Tommaso
AROUND SMALL FAIRY TALES, Soul Note SN121341-2
(registrato a Nembro nel gennaio 1988)

Gianluigi Trovesi Octet
LES HOMMES ARMES, Soul Note SN121311-2
1996 (registrato a Milano nei giorni 29, 30 e 31 maggio 1996)

Gianluigi Trovesi (varie formazioni)
DANCES AND VARIATIONS, Musica Jazz 1907-1994
(registrato in varie parti d'Italia e in varie date in un periodo
che va dal 23 febbraio 1980 al 31 agosto 1993)

Gianluigi Trovesi Octet
FROM G TO G, Soul Note SN121231-2
1993 (registrato a Milano nei giorni 6, 7,8 e 9 maggio 1992)

Gianluigi Trovesi Trio (T.Tononi, L.Mirto)
LES BOITES A MUSIQUES, Splasc(h) Records CDH152-2
1988 (registrato a Milano nei giorni 28, 29 e 30 marzo 1988)

Gianluigi Trovesi Trio (P.Damiani, E.Fioravanti)
DANCES, Red Records RR123181-2-2
1985 (registrato a Milano nel gennaio 1985)

Gianluigi Trovesi Trio (P.Damiani, G.Cazzola)
CINQUE PICCOLE STORIE, Dischi della Quercia Q28010
(registrato a Milano il 9 luglio 1980)

Gianluigi Trovesi Trio (P.Damiani, G.Cazzola)
BAGHETT, Dischi della Quercia Q28008
1978 (registrato a Imola nel luglio 1978 e Milano il 4 e 5 ottobre 1978)

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