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Ojos De Gato

album cover: Ojos De Gato

30.06.21

Cam Jazz

Featured Artists

  • Giovanni Guidi
    • Piano
    • Fender Rhodes
  • James Brandon Lewis
    • Tenor sax
  • Gianluca Petrella
    • Trombone
  • Brandon Lopez
    • Double-bass
  • Chad Taylor
    • Drum
album cover: Ojos De Gato

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Ojos De Gato - foto di: Studio Plum
Ojos De Gato - foto di: Studio Plum

Studio Plum

The hypnotic, fascinating power of art is its ability to bind together an almost infinte quantity of ideas, images and sensations in a concrete form, molded with precision by the expressive urgency of the artist that creates it.
In Ojos De Gato, I know where I want to lead listeners, as I attempt to tell a story about my love for life and music the only way I know how: with music itself.
Behind the notes which form the surface layer, we hear echoes of far away places, connected by the threads of melancholy, power, violence and inevitable liberation: Buenos Aires, New York and Paris. The innumerable and constant revolutions under way in these cities, and the power of the stories that drive them are eternally seductive to the minds of artists, musicians, travellers and dreamers alike.


Tracklist

  1. 1 Revolución
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    7:01
  2. 2 Latino America
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    4:05
  3. 3 Buenos Aires
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    6:09
  4. 4 Ernesto
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    4:36
  5. 5 Padres (A Papà E Gato)
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    4:03
  6. 6 Manhattan (A Carla E Dollar)
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    5:02
  7. 7 Roma 1962 (A Enrico E Franco)
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    3:54
  8. 8 Paris Last
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    2:40
  9. 9 Café Montmartre (A Aldo E Don)
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    2:49
  10. 10 Laura
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    1:57
  11. 11 Ojos De Gato (A Christian)
    ( Giovanni Guidi )
    4:13

Credits

ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
ERMANNO BASSO

RECORDED IN ASTORIA,
NY IN FEBRUARY 2020
AT THE SAMURAI HOTEL
RECORDING STUDIO
BY DAVID STOLLER

MIXED AND MASTERED
IN CORMONS, ITALY IN APRIL 2021
AT EAST LAND RECORDING STUDIO
BY FRANCESCO BLASIG

JAMES BRANDON LEWIS PLAYS
HENRI SELMER PARIS SAXOPHONE
  • OJOS DE GATO OFFICIAL VIDEO


Ojos De Gato is music for the city, for the urban space, the theater and the cinema. I think of the cinema of Bertolucci and Pasolini, the music of Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Don Cherry and Aldo Romano, and - above all - Gato Barbieri. This project pays homage to the Argentinian saxophonist on the fortieth anniversary of the release of The Third World (1970).
And, just like all creations whose abstract origin is balanced by the visceral, their authenticity derives from the humanity they contain, the stories they have to tell. In this case, those are the stories of Mario Guidi and Gato, Giovanni and Laura Barbieri, who adopted the project as her own, and of all the incredible artists involved.
Let's begin with Gianluca Petrella, extraordinary musician and faithful companion of a thousand voyages, both personal and professional; James Brandon Lewis, incomparable saxophonist, raw and powerful; Francisco Mela's percussion, soaked in the culture of the Global South, in constant dialogue with the impeccable rhythmic concept of Chad Taylor, one of the greatest drummers of our time. And last but not least, free and original as the 1970's, the bass playing of Brandon Lopez.
In Ojos De Gato, I tried to unite all these elements in an intercontinental sextet, an ensemble that in my mind has its roots in Rosario, Argentina, just like Ernesto Che Guevara, Lucio Fontana and Gato Barbieri himself.

Excerpts from Giovanni Guidi's interview with Helmut Failoni in "La Lettura del Corriere della Sera"
How would you define your artistic language?
I can say with absolute certainty that a substantial part of my approach derives from the fact that I lack the talent of the artists I most admire.

What do you mean?
Many elements which have become part of my language represent the outcome of my unsuccessful attempts to integrate elements I admired in the playing of Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, or Stefano Bollani. Over the years, I went on to develop the actual results of these failures, making them my own.


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