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Michele Franzini Michele Franzini

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, while studying classical music (piano, with Izabela Zielonka, harmony and counterpoint), he performed in national piano competitions with brilliant results.

Later, he began developing his personal sound, studying jazz and performing as a soloist, composer and arranger in many groups in Italy, recording or playing, among others, with Fabrizio Bosso, Emanuele Cisi, Andrea Dulbecco, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Piero Leveratto, Tito Mangialajo Rantzer, Massimo Manzi, Mauro Negri, Massimo Pintori, Ralph Alessi, Steve Hobbs, Brian Lynch, Lee Konitz, Francisco Mela.

In jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls, he had the opportunity to express himself within several different kind of situations, from big band to duo, from traditional jazz to free forms, becoming a well-appreciated teacher, too.


…Franzini si conferma, nel caso ce ne fosse ancora bisogno, un interessante protagonista dell’attuale panorama pianistico (non solo) italiano… (Marco Della Fave, “JAZZIT”, Anno 8 No.35, Luglio-Agosto 2006)

… the record presents ten Franzini pieces that fall within the mainstream/progressive Bop arena, with an air of mistery that adds to the emotional content of the majority of these excursions... …a sound that demonstrates a firm grasp of the modern mainstream players (Hancock/Tyner et al.)… …as for the addition of Brian Lynch, the hookup works wonderfully… ...the strongest tracks, though, are those that utilize Franzini’s keen writing abilities that play with expectations… …a definite keeper that demonstrates the continuing vitality of italian jazz. (“CADENCE”, April 2006)

…al lato compositivo viene data particolare importanza: nessuna nota è buttata giù alla buona; c’è in ogni tema impegno e ricerca di qualcosa di originale… ...l’intesa è perfetta, continua e intensa, oltre che per la bravura dei musicisti, per la loro pluriennale collaborazione… (Aldo Gianolio, “MUSICA JAZZ”, Gennaio 2006)

… the music exhibits the ability to motivate action through the united drive of the trio. … ripe rhythms are integral to the music, making the pace typically lively and the spirit highly active. ...They keep the wheel spinning with a balanced attack of intricate improvisations constructed under attractive melody lines

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