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Blue Latin

by Gerardo Frisina

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This new album by Gerardo Frisina should have been called “Olympia - Part II”, since it ideally restarts
where the previous EP “Olympia” had arrived. It’s been recorded by the same line-up: John Guerretti
(piano and Hammond), Ernesto Lopez (drums and percussion), Hendrickson “Pucci” Mena (trumpet),
Domenico Mamone (baritone and tenor saxophone), Alessandro Marcado (bass) and Gilas (flute).
Looks like a classic jazz ensemble; however, a strong passion for afro and Latin sounds, combined
with abundant dose of electronic music, leads to a completely different result. Frisina’s trademark
hasn’t actually changed: jazz music contaminated by Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin-jazz elements, all made fluid, compelling and above all... danceable!
It is almost impossible, in fact, not to associate Frisina’s music to a dance floor environment, and “Blue Latin” is no exception: conceived, as its predecessors, as the ideal musical accompaniment to a packed
dance hall, also this record reinterprets a musical genre – jazz, of course! - which even decades ago was considered the dance music ‘par excellence’, and delivers it, extremely modernized, to the
present day.
Among the six tracks from “Blue Latin”, exclusively printed on LP, there’s a personal rework of “Naquela Base” João Donato, where the original piano melody is played by wind instruments, and the almost-meditative “Incanto”, which combines spiritual jazz influences and African atmospheres.


released March 31, 2017

Produced by Gerardo Frisina
for Schema Records
Written by Gerardo Frisina
except Naquela Base written byJoão Donato
Recorded at Blue Spirit Recording Studio
between September and November 2016
Sound Engineer: Francesco Borrelli
Publishing by Edizioni Ishtar Snc except A2
Giovanni Guerretti: piano and Fender Rhodes
Ernesto Lopez: drums and percussion
Hendrickson Mena: trumpet
Enzo Frassi:bass and double bass
Pucci: piano in Blue Latin
Domenico Mamone: saxophone
Gilas: flute



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