Angiolo Tarocchi Jazz Orchestra


the first album 'unwired' has been released!

NOMINATED in the 'Best Jazz Instrumental Album Category' at the 16th Independent Music Awards (Lincoln Center NYC, 2018)

featured on Track Of The Day and among the Top Recommended Downloads at USA

Four Stars reviewed at Italy

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”Unwired is a generous investigation of some big band meandering” (Fiona Ord-Shrimpton - All About Jazz, USA)

”They strike the variety of the ladder and the great widespread energy in the hall; moving smoothly among modal, singing and avant-garde, wide-ranging music and more sketched tracks, with extensive references to jazz, swing, rock and funky, from 4/4 to very complex rhythmic structures that put the stage musicians through the wringer. Tarocchi's informal direction has highlighted the collective, leaving room for soloists improvisations of great technical magnitude” (Ernesto Scurati - Tracce di Jazz)

”Unwired, the first track that gives the name of this new album, is wrapped in a magnetic atmosphere” (Stefano Dentice - Italia In Jazz, ITA)

”Music written and arranged in the style of a classic symphonist, between Gil Evans and Mike Westbrooke. Modality, open forms, folk-jazz and song that are avant-garde. Tarocchi has an incomparable taste for the sound canvas arranged in line, sequenced or blocked” (Davide Ielmini - Musica Magazine, ITA)

”This work is, on the whole, an ambitious and fearless effort that deals also with the european contemporary classical music writing” (Luca Cerchiari - Il Giornale del Popolo, Lugano CH)

”Tarocchi mixes in his music the Jazz style with the contemporary musical idiom in an expressive equilibrium” (Alessandro Rigolli - la Gazzetta di Parma, ITA)

”Arranger, composer, and conductor Angiolo Tarocchi blends the rich legacy of the jazz orchestra tradition with his Italian flair in subtle and contemporary ways” (Aad van Nieuwkerk - VPRO Vrije Geluiden, NL)

”Unwired combines big band contemporary jazz and contemporary composed music in an exciting album which demands to the listener to unravel all five pieces of composite gems” (Rinus Van Der Heijden - Jazznu, NL)

”Unwired exhibits pieces that look agreeably backwards without giving up on the present” (Piercarlo Poggio - Blow-up, ITA)

”Unwired is a gorgeous record that catches the listener up from the very first jumps and never lets breaks” (Marco Buttafuoco - Jazz Convention, ITA)

”The target seems to be centered and we thank Tarocchi for giving lymph to the jazz orchestra community” (Marco Scolesi - The Mellophonium Online, ITA)

The Project

It started with the desire to score up some of my compositions and charts with a large jazz ensemble, including excerpts from the previous productions. Particularly from the Jazz Chromatic Ensemble, a medium sized jazz ensemble active in the '90s, founded by myself and Daniele Cavallanti, which featured many of outstanding musicians present today in the Italian jazz scene.

Even though the language and the format of the project reflect callbacks to tradition, my artistic intent is to explore more contemporary expressions possible in a large jazz ensemble. This ambition is reflected in the choice of musicians, that consists of the best jazz, avant-garde, and rock professionals, who have been cherrypicked from the Milano music scene for this project specifically. The live repertoire includes original compositions, a few reinterpretations of the mainstream jazz repertoire and charts of important contemporary jazz leaders, including Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.

The various themes of the album reflect my musical feelings: modal atmosphere and open improvised spaces (Unwired), a more classical imprint to formal patterns (Blues To Blues, based on Daniele Cavallanti’s theme), love for the song form (Dark Eyes, inspired by a tormented and passionate melody of the Ossetian songwriter Ahser Dzhigkaev, to whom this track is dedicated) and finally the two Skydreams. I had already recorded number 5 with a medium sized ensemble years ago, but I have repurposed it here, because I feel a particular affinity to it. The track is preceded by a short souvenir of number 3, which contains themes further developed in number 5 and represents a bridge between my past experiences and this new adventure.

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all cats who collaborate with atjo (in alphabetical order)

Daniele Cavallanti, Luca Ceribelli, Francesco Chiapperini, Fabio Chesini, Giovanni Digiacomo, Marcello Noia, Luca Specchio, Giulio Visibelli

Gherardo Dacquati, Marco Fior, Vito Emanuele Galante, Paolo Milanesi, Franco Pappalardo, Paolo Russo

Andrea Baronchelli, Mauro Ciccarese, Vincenzo Dipierro, Giovanni Distefano, Luca Missiti

Davide Bussoleni, Cristiano Calcagnile, Gen Cotena, Rosario Di Rosa, Alberto N.A. Turra, Stefano Zambon

Sarah Demagistri

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