Massimo Biolcati
Sounderscore, 2021

July 23, 2021

Sounderscore has announced the release of Momenta, the latest album by Massimo Biolcati.

The Italian-Swedish double bass player who has been residing in New York for many years and who is well known as a member of Gilfema, Massimo Biolcati has just released Momenta, his third album as a leader. He uses a different line up this time: Jaleel Shaw on alto, Lex Korten on piano and Clarence Penn on drums; Phil Dizack on trumpet, Kevin Hays on piano and Kendrick Scott on drums; and finally, John Ellis on tenor, Mike Moreno on guitar and Rodney Green on drums.

The stated aim of the record was to record the spontaneity of the musicians’ approach while playing a combination of original and famous classics with very few (if any) rehearsals.
The result is varied and has a strong leitmotif (the compositions and arrangements of Biolcati) which gives a recognizable identity to the record taken as a whole. Momenta is a beautiful example of contemporary jazz, with a generally charming and soft atmosphere as created with the Rhodes in “Imaginary Diary” and the sax in “Emma’s Dilemma”. There is the beautiful Latin groove “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” and the revised classics “Along Came Betty” and “Estate” which has great personality and originality. Finally an aggressive blues is used in “Gumbo Blues”.
The recording sessions produced a lot of material: in Momenta the most acoustic and intimate songs were collected, while a second album (due out soon) will collect the most aggressive and electric moments.



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