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Persona

Artist: Massimo Biolcati
Massimo Biolcati - Persona CD
Label: ObliqSound
Regular Price: $13.95
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Year: 2008
Format: CD

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For several years, bassist Massimo Biolcati has provided strong support for a variety of acclaimed jazz artists, including Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Ravi Coltrane, Paquito D'Rivera, and Lionel Loueke. Now, with the release of Persona on ObliqSound, Biolcati takes a giant stride into the spotlight as a leader.

Biolcati's work shines while he leads a stellar supporting band, including Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals (Herbie Hancock, and ObliqSound recording artist on Virgin Forest and Gilfema), Peter Rende (Rebecca Martin, Jen Chapin) on piano and accordion, and Jeff Ballard (Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea) on drums. Singers Lizz Wright (Verve recording artist) and Gretchen Parlato also each contribute a vocal track.

The album is titled in homage to the classic Ingmar Bergman film, and thematically structured in two sections to reflect the film's concept of duality. Persona is a dual portrait of Biolcati' s strengths as performer and composer.

"Biolcati, clearly the director but not a dictator in these proceedings, knows how to take a backseat, but also understands the value in letting his brilliant session mates cut loose. This is an excellent debut release, and has to rank as one of the more intriguing and diverse modern jazz issues of 2008." - All Music Guide

"The ninth release in (ObliqSound's) Instrumental Series, bassist Massimo Biolcati's solo effort Persona, somewhat encapsulates the label's creative creed. An accessible yet musically dense, multi-genre release, it blends characteristic traits that encompass the label's growing catalogue: a focus on instrumental virtuosity and contemporary writing and playing cohabiting with a more "popular," vocal-inclusive component... fusionesque syncopations and happy beats, unabashed improv, and pensive balladeering." - All About Jazz

ARTISTS
Massimo Biolcati (bass); Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals); Peter Rende (piano, accordion); Jeff Ballard (drums, percussion); Gretchen Parlato (lead vocals); Lizz Wright (lead vocals)
TRACKS
1. The Beginning
2. Deconstruction
3. Wise Way
4. Transference
5. TT (in memoriam Take Toriyama)
6. Winterhouse featuring Lizz Wright
7. Hopeless Dream To Be
8. Clouds featuring Gretchen Parlato
9. Under July
10. Scandinavia
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