Arrigo Cappelletti: Tough Love


  • Artist(s): Arrigo Cappelletti
  • Composer(s): Arrigo Cappelletti
  • EAN Code: 7.46160916125
  • Edition: Da Vinci Jazz
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Instrumental
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Period: Contemporary
  • Publication year: 2023
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To be both lyrical and ironic is the sole shield against utter despair.
(Gian Marco Griffi, Mexican Railways, Laurana Publishing, Milan).

Paul Bley used to assert that the solo piano is a relentless duel with the instrument, a contest to see who will ultimately triumph. This solo piano CD, with a title – “Tough Love” – suggesting the complexities of affection, narrates a rather different tale. There’s an absence of performance anxiety, of violence, of ambition. Merely an endeavour over two unremarkable autumn afternoons, within a friend’s quaint, somewhat ‘vintage’ studio located on Milan’s outskirts, to reacquaint myself, to inch closer, as life draws to its conclusion, to that truth which, through cowardice or ambition, I’ve frequently kept hidden from my own view. And in so doing, to remain unafraid of the lyricism and irony which, as Griffi notes, increasingly seem the only genuine antidotes to despair. After this, all that remains is complete improvisation; a solitary, imperfect adventure bolstered only by the moral support of the Maestros (Paul Bley, but also Ornette Coleman, Andrew Hill, Bill Evans, Steve Swallow) who have journeyed alongside me throughout my musical existence.


Arrigo Cappelletti: Born in Brunate (Como) on February 12 1949, after a degree in Philosophy and a teaching experience in high schools, he dedicated himself to jazz. He has so far relased 30 records, at least six of them (Samadhi, Reflections, Plains, Terras do risco, Trio in New York, Mysterious) contributed to define an Italian way to jazz made of lyricism, introspection and connections with other cultures. Among the several festivals he attended, it is worth mentioning: Pori Festival (Finland, 1991), Festival “Sanremo: the other music” (1993), Jazzitalia Festival (Verona, 1994), Noto jazz festival (1996). Portugal EXPO 98, Festival Sete Sois Sete Luas (Portugal, 1999), Clusone jazz 2000, Jazz & wine festival (Gorizia, 2000), Festival “The voices of jazz” (Milan Auditorium, 2003), Iseo jazz, Siena jazz, Reggio Calabria Ecojazz (2004) Festival Villa Celimontana (Rome, 2005), Siena Jazz 2005, Novara Jazz 2007, Santannarresi Jazz (2009), Padua Jazz (2009), Udine & Jazz (2011), Iseo Jazz (2011), Chiasso International Jazz Festival (Switzerland , 2013). He has played with Lew Soloff, Barre Philips, Bill Elgart, Olivier Manoury, Steve Swallow, John Hebert, Bruce Ditmas, Ralph Alessi, Mat Maneri. Very active in jazz teaching, he has published several books covering criticism and autobiography: The perfume of jazz (ESI), Paul Bley, the logic of chance (L’Epos), translated into English by Vehicule press of Montreal, and The adventures of a jazz musician-philosopher (Arcana).

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