Raffaele Genovese, piano and compositions

Marco Vaggi, double bass

Tony Arco, drums

Giuseppe Tortora, cello on track 1


Executive and artistic production: Raffaele Genovese for AlfaMusic Label&Publishing

Production Supervision: Fabrizio Salvatore

Recordings and Mix: AlfaMusic Studio - Rome

Sound engineer: Alessandro Guardia

Mastering: Forward Studios, Hi-Jazz – Grottaferrata (Rome)

Mastering engineers: Carmine Simeone & Marcello Spiridioni

All compositions: Raffaele Genovese (Siae)

Publishing: AlfaMusic Studio (Siae) C&P 2013 AlfaMusic - All Rights reserved

Liner notes: Maurizio Franco

As suggested by its title “Anamnesi” (in philosophy and psychology it means a recalling to memory or a recollection), this CD offers us a fascinating journey into the musical past of the thirty-year-old Sicilian pianist Raffaele Genovese, who has virtually expressed his own personal life history by means of his jazz trio. Genovese’s latest album gives us ample room for many different opinions and reflections about his musical origins, but it would be misleading to think only of the influences that have inspired him, because it is also the fruit of a process of maturation which clearly shows that, at the age of only thirty years, this relative newcomer to the Italian jazz scene has already metabolized a wide range of references.
The trio is characterised by a mobility and a internal dynamism, in which the double bass, even more than the piano, creates the links and directs the performance, while the piano and the drums move in complete harmony (and sometimes synchrony), with a continuous game of references and a creative interplay that is the true heart of the music.
As regards the melodic component, it does not feature any loud or brash tunes, but always conjures up an intimate atmosphere, sometimes based on simple riffs or even thematic cells, with carefully measured dynamics in the expressive crescendos and diminuendos. The elegant consistency of the music is obtained without stifling the individual freedom of the members of the trio, and there is also the deliberate decision to keep the various compositions as short as possible, so that they sometimes almost seem to be aphoristic expressions of musical ideas that continue to reverberate from the moment of their creation. Extemporized variations are occasionally employed, sometimes involving a further elaboration development of the composition during the performance in the studio.
In conclusion then, this is a carefully planned and conceived album supported by an interior energy that disappears and reappears in the folds of the music like an underground river.