2019 album. ECM. Jazz.
This hugely enjoyable and highly inventive album is dedicated to the late Italian writer Umberto Eco, a lifelong friend of accordionist Gianni Coscia and an ardent champion of this particular duo.
Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna’, a meditation on the nature of memory, inspires Trovesi and Coscia on their own nostalgic and exploratory journey, referencing music mentioned in the novel and free-associating upon its philosophical themes. As ever, the Italians cast a wide net, playing songs associated with Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller and George Formby, paraphrasing Janacek, dipping into movie music, and improvising most creatively while keeping their dedicatee in view.
Repertoire revisits “Interludio”, a piece that Umberto Eco and Gianni Coscia collaborated on 70 years ago, and Gianluigi Trovesi crafts a new composition on the letters of Eco’s name. From multiple perspectives, a brilliant tribute.
Band Members: Gianluigi Trovesi (piccolo clarinet, alto clarinet), Gianni Coscia(accordion)
Tracks: 1. Interludio 2. Nebjana I 3. Basin Street Blues 4. Nebjana II 5. As Time Goes By 6. Pippo non lo sa 7. Fischia il vento 8. Moonlight Serenade 9. In cerca di te 10. Bel Ami 11. Eco 12. EIAR: I. Ma l’amore no 13. II. Silenzioso Slow 14. III. Tu musica divina IV. Bambina innamorata V.Mille lire al mese 15. Gragnola 16. Nebjana III 17. Inno dei sommergibili 18. Umberto 19. Volando 20. La piccinina 21. Moonlight Serenade (var.)