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Joy in Spite of Everything

Stefano BollaniAudio CD
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At the age of six, wanting to become a singer, Stefano Bollani would accompany himself on the family keyboard. A few years later, he recorded a cassette of himself singing and playing, which he sent to his idol Renato Carosone, along with a letter explaining his dream. Carosone replied advising him to listen to a lot of blues and jazz, and so Bollani did.
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00LG92FWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous music-making August 29, 2014
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8500 stars. Not a band I ever thought to see on record. Manfred Eicher has always possessed an unbeatable talent for pairing musicians for studio projects; I don't know if he's responsible for putting Bollani (with trio) in touch with Bill Frisell, or who chose to invite Mark Turner aboard, but it was inspired matchmaking (to understate the obvious). The EPK video for the project features Bollani (of course) lauding his musical heroes for wisely deleting notes from their presentation. "Joy In Spite Of Everything" provides a study in artfully chosen silences from all participants. Everyone involved in this session is listening to everyone else. Make sure you join them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING…IS A GOOD RECORD September 16, 2014
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Certainly is a good record but … Stefano Bollani is a good pianist, Jesper Bodlisen and Morten Lund on bass and drums gives a nordic touch to the romantic Bollani music, but the combination with Bill Frissell and Mark Turner din't work at all. I think Frissell put the ambience and Turner the jazz. Mark play soulful and very melodic, Bill sound sometimes like Jin Hall, and when' they play the rest of the group disappear . The music is really a "Joy in Spite of Everything", like the cover, but I expected something more depth. probably is my fault, but...
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