Old Standards has been in my mind for a very long time, but as
often happens we bring things to life when we really feel it is the
right moment to do it. Even if I am coming from true classical
studies, my relation with this music has always been conflictual, on
one side the great respect for this music, on the other side the choise
to go for another professional path. However, inside I always felt the
need to enter into this music through the skills which are more
congenial to my taste and my personal passio, Jazz.
The choise of these Old Standards is a bit casual; first, I believed
right to make a hommage to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, three basic
parts of music history; then, Copin, Brahms and Schubert, three great
romantic composers. In past, listening to classical compositions
performed by Jazz musicians, I had the impression it was not very
natural: I believe that re-reading certain music only by a esecutive
point of view is not nice nor satisfactory.
My intention is here
to make a hommage to these composers with a compositional revisitation.
The music we listen to every day is influencing us and it is normal to
feel a need of renewal. Obviously, this not the replacement of the
'old', but it is enriching it with new and different point of views, so
that it may help to get the new generations closer to this music.
I also wish to point
out, that in these re-interpretations the brand of the composer is
always recognized, because he is the one who created all. Mainly,
melody is untouchable thanks to its extreme power, for the clear lnk to
the title of the track and therefore to the author, but with new
melodic-harmonic suggestions, more modern sound, elements which are
closer to our days and more adapted to jazz music where this work is
willing to find its small space.