Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Likewise (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:22 minutes | 824 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fonè Records
This album is part of the recordings made on the occasion of the concerts of the first edition of the fonè Music Festival Piaggio 2019. The concerts organized by fonè’s Giulio Cesare Ricci were held at the Piaggio Auditorium located inside the famous Museum in Pontedera, the place where Piaggio was born and where it still continues to produce today.
Inside the Museum every year the public from all over the world can admire the Piaggio production made over the years, all the models of the Vespe and Ape, all the Aprilia, Gilera and Moto Guzzi motorcycles that have won national and international awards over time.
This album features Julian Mazzariello — piano and Enzo Pietropaoli — double bass. These two great jazz musicians have played and recorded many discs together, but it is the first time that they appear in a duo formation. Honestly, it is an understatement to call them duo since in each song they played they looked like a single instrument. The artists alternated pieces from the international repertoire, to highlight two pieces by Cole Porter The only piece of the Italian repertoire present in this album is Dalle radici by Eduardo De Crescenzo.
For this recording I brought all my equipment both analog (Ampex ATR 102 Electronic Tube Ampex Model 351-1965, 2 tracks, 1/2 inch, 30ips modified by David Manley) and digital (Pyramix Recorder, dCS A/D and D/A converters).
As for the microphones I used my original collection of Neumann U47, U48, M49 in addition to the microphone preamp and Signoricci cables. We use pairs of Neumann tube microphones from the years 1947 and 1949 (U47, U48 and M49) with a very natural tone using field effect bi-microphone techniques. These microphones have an important history: they are in fact the original microphones used to record, among others, the Beatles performances in the Abbey Road Studio and by RCA for the “Living Stereo” recordings.
The sound I can capture with these legendary microphones is perfectly in line with my sonic taste. No other microphone has such a true timbre and the ability to engrave all the nuances of sound and all the richness of the harmonics. The uniqueness of these microphones is linked to their ability to make a perfect “sound photograph” and to put the music perfectly placed in the sound space chosen for the recording.
A “state of the art” system without sound manipulation, equalization, reverb, compression and expansion … but natural sound and true timbre to best enhance the acoustics of the Auditorium of the Piaggio Museum.
fonè has been offering for almost 40 years recordings made in the name of technological refinement and aimed at recovering the original musical atmospheres.
Also for this recording I used a “field effect” recording technique … all this to make the listener relive the live effect in his home hifi system as if he had been present at the performance.
These two great jazzmen have played and recorded many records together, but it is the first time that they have come together as a duo.
Honestly, it is simplistic to call them a duo because in each piece they interpreted they seemed to be a single instrument. The artists alternated pieces from the international repertoire; to underline Easy to love (Cole Porter) I Loves you porgy (George Gershwin) and two songs by Mazzariello and Pietropaoli themselves.
Their interpretation and the dialogue that each time “intertwined” between the two instruments was truly magical, a total timbre, musical and interpretative fusion …. a masterpiece!
The natural sound fonè has fully exploited all the sounds of the two instruments.
01. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Never let me go (05:20)
02. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – You’ve changed (05:34)
03. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Easy to love (04:43)
04. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – All blues (05:58)
05. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Cry me a river (06:30)
06. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Dream cycling (06:18)
07. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Turnaround (04:59)
08. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – Smooth and blue (06:37)
09. Enzo Pietropaoli & Julian Mazzariello – I loves you porgy (05:22)