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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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Easy Healing
2. No Pope No Party
3. Alobar e Kudra
4. Las Hortensias
5. Vale
6. Teddy
7. Ismene
8. Tales From The Time Loop
9. Joy In Spite Of Everything

Editorial Reviews

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 Excellent recording! Dreamy September 21, 2014
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Excellent recording! Dreamy, playful, adventurous, and with all kinds of cool mood-shifts and tempo changes and melodies swirling around shifting, subtle, and lively turn-on-a-dime rhythms (the bass and drum work is superb). Don't listen to some of the other reviews: Frisell is excellent (no surprise) and it's nice to listen to him he's not the leader but inventing witty comps to support others (but yes, he has some good solos). Turner and Bollani are both in top form. Bollani's piano doesn't go so much in the direction of percussive power and angled edges, like some other pianists popular these days (Iyer, for instance, who I also really like). It's quicksilvery in its movements and harmonically adventurous, always done with subtle elegance: no surprise that he tips his hat to the great Teddy Wilson in one song. The tunes are top notch, mostly penned by Bollani I think. (My mp3 download didn't come with any notes or a pdf booklet: I hate that!) By the way, the "in spite of everything" in the title surely alludes to all the violence and b.s. in the world today, as the cover photos today. In the studio and in their hearts, these guys created an antidote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Bollani and ECM September 27, 2014
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With “Joy in Spite of Everything,” pianist Stefano Bollani continues to craft a diverse yet cohesive discography. Assembling a supergroup which includes tenor saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Bill Frisell, the sum total of the ensemble, and the music presented, is greater than the value of its individual parts.
Varying group configurations to include, duo, trio, quartet, and quintet, Bollani composed the nine tunes presented with these players specifically in mind. Individual and collective strengths are spotlighted time and time again such as on the opening “Easy Healing,” where a south of the border bounce provides a backdrop over which the instrumentalists make their initial solo statements.
Throughout the disc highlights abound. “No Pope No Party” recalls the jazz heyday of the late fifties and early sixties with a hint of Monk before parading down a decidedly modern path.
“Alobar e Kudra” is a trio piece on which Bollani shows that he can swing with the best of them.
Frisell is easily one of the genre’s most idiosyncratic guitarists. “Teddy” is an intriguing duo that finds he and Bollani dancing at times in lockstep and others engaged in a call-and-response synchronicity.
Smack dab in the middle of the program (song 5 of 9) is the disc’s longest tune and its centerpiece, the twelve-minute “Vale.” Featuring the quintet, piano, tenor, and guitar deliver a pensive theme while the individual solos yearn for, and deliver, bits of splintered light.
The title track is yet another outing for trio. Simultaneously closing the disc and bookending it with a performance that is as nuanced as it is engaging.
Encapsulating the first rate jazz that has long been synonymous with ECM, Stefano Bollani’s “Joy in Spite of Everything” is a title which belongs in any well-rounded listening library as it offers a treasure trove of pleasures for both the ears, mind, and soul.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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