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Live (and alive) Blues

Marco "Ray" Mazzoli

- 2010

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After my work “Happy to play the blues” (MAP – Musicisti Associati Produzioni, www.map.it), here is my second CD, entirely made of live recordings. The last couple of years have been very intense... concerts with my own band, or in collaboration with many other musicians, like my friends of the “Family Style Blues Band” and the legendary James Harman (in his 2010 Italian Tour)... fantastic and exciting experiences that I really hope to do again... However, these recordings are somehow different in spirit: I wanted to capture and transmit the intense atmosphere of some of concerts, where it seemed that the public itself contributed to create a special groove... in spite of the raw sound typical of some live recordings. Here again, like in my previous CD, I had the great privilege to have Mattia Cigalini, a great international artist, as a guest star in most of the tunes. Well, you can judge yourself how his magic saxophone gave the recordings a very special taste: in conventional tunes, like, for instance, “Nothing more”, “Stormy Monday”, “It don’t mean a thing” as well as in unusual tunes, like “The second blues for Lory”, ideally inspired to Thelonius Monk, where Mattia’s sax really leads to unexpected and original solutions. This CD contains four standards and seven tunes of mine, one of which, “Sms blues”, previously unissued, is taken from my “piano solo” concerts, where the atmosphere is definitely more intimistic. Michele Mazzoni (bass) and Manolo Affaticati, (drums) are not only great musicians, but also great friends: playng with them is always great, great fun. 

Well, you can send me your comments to my e-mail:< br> mazzoli62@interfree.it 
I hope you enjoy it... 
Marco “Ray” Mazzoli


All tunes excepting Sms blues have been recorded live at Milestone – Piacenza Jazz Club, Piacenza (Italy), on the 22nd of January 2010: Manolo Affaticati drums, Marco “Ray” Mazzoli piano, Hammond organ, voice, Michele Mazzoni bass, Special guest: Mattia Cigalini sax contralto. 

Sms blues* (Mazzoli) recorded live at Music Caffé Margherita, Ziano Piacentino (PC, Italy) on the 23rd of April 2010: Marco “Ray” Mazzoli piano solo. 

All the recordings have been mixed by Daniele Mandelli. Cover design by Beppe Bennardo. We would like to thank the newspaper “Libertà” for letting us use, for the CD cover, the image of its “culture and entertainement” pages of January 24th 2010 and Gianni Cravedi, who took the pictures appearing in these pages of the newspaper.

All tunes excepting * have been recorded live at Milestone – Piacenza Jazz Club, Piacenza (Italy), on the 22nd of January 2010Sms blues* (M. Mazzoli) recorded live at Music Caffé Margherita, Ziano Piacentino (PC, Italy) on the 23rd of April 2010

Label: BLUES MUSIC - Catalog: B - CD 002 - Executive production by Massimo Monti - Musicisti Associati Produzioni M.A.P. - Distribution M.A.P. - Year of production 2010

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Tracks list CD:
01. My baby doesn't like to fly (M. Mazzoli - 3.47)
02. Lucy's courage (M. Mazzoli - 7.14)
03. Nothing more (M. Mazzoli - 4.51)
04. Blues for Minna (M. Mazzoli - 6.33)
05. Stormy monday (A. Walker - 7.28)
06. It don't mean a thing (D. Ellington - I. Mills - 5.25)
07. The second blues for Lory (M. Mazzoli - 7.46)
08. Blues for Lory (M. Mazzoli - 5.03)
09. Take the "A" train (B. Strayhorn - 9.32)
10. Sms blues* (M. Mazzoli - 3.00)
11. On the sunny side of the street (J. Mc Hugh - D. Fields - 3.44)