Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum

by Richard Galliano
     
 

Mare Nostrum's biggest surprise isn't its instrumentation -- a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano -- but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist See more details below

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Mare Nostrum's biggest surprise isn't its instrumentation -- a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano -- but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren are well-known, critically praised jazz musicians who have all been known to eschew musical boundaries and defy genre limitations, so the music on Mare Nostrum -- an album co-led by all three -- shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should its quality, and yet not everybody would have expected such marvelous results. The 15 compositions on the album include originals by all three musicians and several covers, touching upon jazz, tango, classical music, and folk, reinterpreting Charles Trénet ("Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?"), encompassing Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce"), and Maurice Ravel ("Ma Mère L'Oye"). There is an almost delightful sense of trust and ease among the three performers, who never take away their bandmates' spotlights, and who find a balance between playfulness and restraint throughout the album. The music is evocative, as if it was the soundtrack to a missing Louis Malle movie, and much of it creates a warm feeling of gentle nostalgia, even on the more up-tempo tracks. Let's hope these musicians meet again to record more music -- Mare Nostrum is a precious gem.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Act Music + Vision
UPC:
0614427946621
catalogNumber:
9466
Rank:
11881

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Tracks

  1. Mare Nostrum  - Jan Lundgren
  2. Principessa  - Jan Lundgren
  3. Eu Nao Existe Sem Voce  - Jan Lundgren
  4. The Seagull  - Jan Lundgren
  5. Que Reste-T Il de Nos Amours?  - Jan Lundgren
  6. Years Ahead  - Jan Lundgren
  7. Sonia's Nightmare  - Jan Lundgren
  8. Chat Pitre  - Jan Lundgren
  9. Valzer del Ritorno  - Jan Lundgren
  10. Open Your Mind  - Jan Lundgren
  11. Liberty Waltz  - Jan Lundgren
  12. Mio Mehmet, Forse il Destino M'Impedirà di Rivederti  - Jan Lundgren
  13. Ma Mère l'Oye  - Jan Lundgren
  14. Para Jobim  - Jan Lundgren
  15. Vårvindar Friska  - Jan Lundgren

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