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Stefano Bollani is an artist of ebullient virtuosity, with uncommon sensitivity and range. The Italian pianist has proved to be at home on ECM improvising solo or leading a trio, as well as engaging in duos with Enrico Rava, Chick Corea and Brazilian bandolim player Hamilton de Holanda.
With Joy in Spite of Everything an album of new compositions by the pianist for a trans-Atlantic quintet Bollani has made his most beautifully textured and infectiously lyrical statement yet. He recorded these nine pieces at New York Citys Avatar Studios with the Danish rhythm section from his Stone in the Water trio bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund plus two prominent American players and ECM intimates: guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner.
As its title reflects, Joy in Spite of Everything brims with an indefatigable lightness of spirit despite the inevitable shadows of life.
|1. Easy Healing|
|2. No Pope No Party|
|3. Alobar e Kudra|
|4. Las Hortensias|
|8. Tales From The Time Loop|
|9. Joy In Spite Of Everything|
I listen to a lot of jazz, and like a lot of different styles of jazz. Joy In Spite of Everything is a rare treasure indeed! Beautiful, flowing, lovely music. Joyful. Spacious. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dr. Dave Mccluggage
This is great – what you think of with ECM. I heard of this though Tom Cole on WPFW in DC who is a wonderful resource for music that might be not as well-known generally. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Cook
Cheese that doesn't go crunch. Bad club band music, I guess, if it counts, that it's not badly played.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
This album was my introduction to Bollani. It's definitely a piano player's record. Good compositions and mix of instrumentation. Not everyone plays on every track. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Burnzy111
BOLLANI DOES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. SHOWING US THAT CREATIVITY CAN BE IN THE UNIVERSE OF SIMPLICITY. BRAVO BOLLANI, GREATR RECORDING OF YOUR IDEAS.....Published 9 months ago by Raimundo Figueroa
Fabulous musician. A different take on the usual tunes. Amazing techniquePublished 10 months ago by Pamela E. Hubbard