Official release: May 2021
La Faraggiana Big Band diretta da Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini incontra il grande sassofonista americano nato a Ithaca, new york. La tracklist prevede standard jazz, composizioni originali di Michael Rosen e, come da tradizione nelle big band, celebri brani jazz con influenze Latin e Funk.
Il 27 novembre 2020 la Faraggiana big band avrebbe dovuto esibirsi al teatro Faraggiana di Novara per la rassegna “musica in scena” curata dalla scuola di musica dedalo in collaborazione con la fondazione Nuovo Teatro Faraggiana. A causa della chiusura dei teatri per la pandemia di coronavirus, il concerto si è tenuto senza pubblico ed è stato registrato e trasmesso in streaming il 10 dicembre 2020, grazie alla collaborazione del Comune di Novara per il progetto “La cultura è essenziale”. La registrazione è stata effettuata dall’ingegnere del suono Roberto Chinellato con una ripresa del suono ambientale utilizzando la tecnica “Decca Tree”, ideata e sviluppata dalla Decca Records per le proprie sessioni di incisione di musica orchestrale. I musicisti hanno suonato per tutta la durata del concerto senza l’ausilio di monitor, cuffie e microfoni dedicati ai singoli strumenti e senza correggere o ripetere le esecuzioni.
Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini was born in Romagnano Sesia by Novara (Italy). As a saxophonist, poly-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, he has been active for years, performing with great jazz artists such as Giorgio Gaslini and Enrico Rava.
He performed for more than ten years with the “Jazz Class Orchestra”, the big band of the Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, where he had the opportunity of playing with artists such as Ennio Morricone, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianni Basso, Bruno Tommaso, Ronnie Cuber, Barney Kessel, Lee Konitz and many others.
Being active also as a composer and arranger, besides his performances as a saxophonists, in 1996 he won the prestigious competition of jazz arrangement and composition “Barga Jazz” with his piece “Gazpacho”.
He is very active also in the field of pop music. His participations as a side man in many recordings, tours and TV broadcasts with the greatest Italian singers are countless.
Since many years he teaches at the Scuola di Musica Dedalo in Novara, where he leads the “Jazz Workshop for Big Band” and the ensemble music course for small ensembles by the name of “Combo Jazz”.
Faraggiana Big Band: It is an orchestra founded in Novara (Italy) as the permanent company for the concerts of the season “Musica in Scena”, organized by the Music School “Dedalo” for the Teatro Faraggiana.
Conducted by saxophonist, composer and arranger Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini, it gathers the best jazz musicians of North-West Italy, several among whom teach at the Music School “Dedalo”.
The “Messaggero”, an Italian paper, defined him as “an interesting and intelligent artist, in dialogue with the audience, and capable to transmit powerful vibrations”. Saxophonist Michael Rosen moved to Italy in 1987 and currently resides alternatively in Rome and London. During the years he spent within the European musical panorama, Rosen has been a guest soloist in about 200 albums by dozens of artists, some of whom are true icons of pop and folk music (such as Sarah Jane Morris, Mina, Adriano Celentano, Fabio Concato, Rossana Casale, Renato Zero, Eugenio Finardi and many others).
His core activity is in the field of jazz. Rosen proudly collaborated with a number of jazz artists – a number too high for citing them all by name – including Sheila Jordan, Enrico Rava, Franco D’Andrea, Roberto Gatto, Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Carl Anderson, Peter Bernstein, Mike Stern, Kenny Wheeler, L’Orchestra Della Scala and Bobby McFerrin, as well as the English Folk-Jazz ensemble Pentangle.
The latest of the nine albums in which Rosen was the leading performer is “Sweet 17”, issued by Jando Music/Via Veneto. The album was recorded at the legendary New York studio “Sear Sound”, together with Bill Stewart, Lage Lund, Matt Penman, and Ralph Alessi. It was listed in the Jazzit Awards Greatest Jazz Albums of 2015.
On three occasions, Rosen was ranked among the top 10 soprano saxophonists worldwide in the Jazzit Magazine Reader’s Poll, and, in 2011, he ranked fourth after Dave Leibman, Wayne Shorter and Branford Marsalis.