“Un lavoro ispido e lirico, monolitico, selvatico, potente, caleidoscopico, da ascoltare ad alto, altissimo volume. […] Qualcosa di titanico, di profondamente poetico, di davvero libero: umano troppo umano. Un disco a cui tornare più e più volte per scorgerne l’enigmatica e primitiva bellezza da ogni possibile punto di vista, di fuga, di ascolto.” Nazim Comunale, The New Noise Read full article here
“Parmi les pièces (composées) où ses sons perçants et joyeusement agressifs, ses glissandos accentués et ses staccattos primitifs à la Albert Ayler, ses pointes d’harmoniques exacerbées font merveille, on entend poindre de ci de là une tendresse mélodique suave et un brin paresseuse. J’aime aussi sa manière d’introduire des grincements vocalisés en ressassant un riff décalé.” Jean Michel Van Schouwburg Read full article here
Another wonderful review has been published on JazzTokyo.
“Diciotto”, my new solo album after 18 years, will be released by Aut Records on October 22nd. Here’s a preview of the cover! (photo by Chiara Tebaldi, artwork by Sandro Crisafi)
“If I write and define something, it’s just because I can use it while improvising – something that helps me keep the train of thoughts clear and precise.
Some of these pieces are old, some others are very recent; many of them have been devised to be played with my bands. But here they have been turned upside-down,
so they could fit the way I use to play alone. They should always be turned upside-down, actually, even when they are played with other musicians.
Some compositions are inspired by Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”.
I wanted to figure out how it would be like swearing and cursing from the dead, singing on a 500-years old Moon, going nuts and tearing off your clothes in the middle of the woods because of a woman.
There are modest homages to noble saxophone players; dedications to women – the crazy ones and the charming ones; colleagues I had a great time with;
strange behaviors and attitudes I don’t understand; my daughter Alice, to whom I dedicated my oldest composition, played in many situations and with many bands over about eighteen years.
Eighteen years ago I also recorded my first solo album, and this is the second one.”
Tell No Lies quintet is composed of five musicians of different generations and experiences who, through their activity in groups, collectives and associations, contribute to the jazz avant-garde scene since the nineties with concerts in Europe, Russia and United States. The projects they are involved with, had been released by major and independent labels (RaiRadio3, Leo Records, Amirani Records, Auand, Setola di Maiale, Black Star, Aut Records, Rudi Records and others), deserving significative awards by critics and press. The music of Tell No Lies moves between impetuous incendiary improvisations and suggestive melodic engravings, proposed in a courageous and authentic way.
Nicola Guazzaloca, piano and compositions
Edoardo Marraffa, sopranino sax
Gabriele Di Giulio, tenor sax
Luca Bernard, double bass
Andrea Grillini, drums