Newsbreak (E. Pieranunzi) & Blue Waltz (E. Pieranunzi) - Live '12 - Wageningen (NL)
The very first musical encounter between the Italian pianist/composer Enrico Pieranunzi and Dutch double bass player Jasper Somsen happened during a masterclass at the Conservatory of Utrecht, The Netherlands, back in 1996.The just graduated bass player had the opportunity to work and play all day with the Italian master, which was very much appreciated by both musicians.
Although they met occasionally afterwards, their contact was strongly renewed by the fact that Jasper Somsen dedicated his fourth album (as a bandleader/composer) to Pieranunzi’s music: “Dreams, Thought & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi)”. Soon after the release Enrico Pieranunzi and Jasper Somsen met again. The plan for playing and recording together was suggested by Pieranunzi, with the renowned Dutch drummer Pieter Bast.
In 2012-2013 the trio toured succesfully in The Netherlands and Belgium playing at venues as a.o. Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Lantaren Venster Rotterdam, Paradox Tilburg and the Festival Jazz Brugge.
"The Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and his new European trio did what they do best: playing jazz without fringes, with an unparalleled eloquence. In the magical hands of Pieranunzi the music was a display of sheer beauty … Pieter Bast found a perfect balance in rhythmic expression and swing, whilst Jasper Somsen orbited in freedom without being destabilizing and proved to be an outstanding soloist extending Pieranunzi’s melodic vigor." - Koen van Meel, Kwadratuur.be
"Enrico Pieranunzi's ingenius improvisations are driven by passion. His
compositions are sensitive melodic stories, full of drama and melancholia, which touches hearts instantly. Jasper Somsen's virtuoso bass playing is inventive and adds the adventurous aspects in the arrangements. Pieter Bast swings easily showing his many years experience." - Cees van de Ven, Draaiomjeoren.com
Enrico Pieranunzi's New European Trio:
Enrico Pieranunzi - Piano
Jasper Somsen - Double Bass
Pieter Bast - Drums
Photos: Arkady Mitnik