By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 6, 2018
In the late ‘80s, I was still relatively a jazz rookie after having followed the many veins of rock and pop beforehand. But jazz was always sneaking in during that time until the flood gates opened when I was asked to cover the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1989. I drank deeply from the well. Then, I was totally surprised when my editor John Ephland at DownBeat assigned me to review a 1992 CD by Italian reeds player Gianluigi Trovesi on the Italian label Soul Note. Jazz in Italy? I buried that CD, From G to G, to the bottom of the pile of assigns. Then finally, what a surprise. It was so quirky, spirited, avant-garde and humorous at the same time, and wildly unpredictable with megaphones, penny whistles, bass clarinet, tubas. It is now still one of my favorite jazz albums. I gave it the highest rating (5 stars) and jumped at the chance to see Trovesi perform live—as it turns out, not in the U.S. but in Beijing, Istanbul and Italy.
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