NICO GORI SWING 10tet
If it is true, as Gustav Mahler used to say, that “Tradition is to keep the fire, not to adore the ashes”, then this group of 10 musicians plus a presenter is the most lively, modern and flamboyant bishop of music who in the cent ‘years and that in its origins also boasts Italian roots: jazz and swing to dance! And they sing and dance all or almost, in this 10tet !!! There is a presenter who does not resist the temptation to throw away the folder with the titles to read and draws the audience to the notes of Cab Calloway, a singer who evokes both the swinging Ella Fitzgerald and the smoky and sensual atmospheres of Jessica Rabbit, a guitarist, heartbreaker who sometimes leaves the guitar to enchant everyone with a voice à la Chet Baker, «James Dean of jazz». And again, the band from time to time invites on the stage those who want to try their hand at the “Puttin ‘On The Ritz” tap taps (maybe recalling the famous Frankenstein Junior scene!), And finally he – the conductor and arranger – the clarinetist Nico Gori, capable of ringing impossible notes at supersonic speeds!
The creativity of Nico Gori Swing 10tet lies precisely in playing a music born a hundred years ago in a current and non-manneristic way, without wanting to copy or be nostalgic towards a past that no longer exists, but modernizing and making always different and fresh each performance, especially by actively involving a very diverse audience and interacting with that audience in real time, with the immediacy and authenticity that only improvised music can do.
“Swingin ‘Hips” is a fresh, cheerful, swing-laden album featuring the magnetic Drusilla Foer and a new Stefano Bollani as a crooner. In his live expression the disc repertoire, published by Saifam and also available on all digital platforms, becomes a real live show: dynamic, overwhelming and that makes you dance.
Also this record, like all the production of the tentetto, is a project promoted by Pisa Jazz and conceived by Nico Gori, which sees the participation of some young musicians of the Tuscan territory alongside established artists of the Tyrrhenian coast. The tentetto presents a repertoire made up of songs from the tradition of the historical big bands, of authors such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie and original songs by Gori himself, always inspired by the swing tradition of the ’30s and’ 40s. Although with a reduced staff compared to the classic big band, the arrangements, the sound sought after and the choice of repertoire are aimed at recovering the relationship between music, entertainment and dance of the great jazz orchestras of those years.
The project represented the city of Pisa at the great solidarity event organized in L’Aquila in September 2015 and promoted by Minister Franceschini with the artistic direction of Paolo Fresu, which was attended by more than 50,000 people and over 600 musicians.
The group performs regularly at the ExWide Club in Pisa during the fall and winter season, where it gives life to the infamous “swing party” in the Cotton Club style.
The Nico Gori Swing 10tet, despite being a young formation, went on stage with the likes of Fabrizio Bosso and Rossana Casale, performing on the big stages of the Florentine New Year in Piazza San Lorenzo, Ancona Jazz, Ravenna Jazz and attended the special evening for Amatrice organized by Umbria Jazz in Assisi, with guest the great Renzo Arbore.
Nico Gori: leader, arrangements, clarinet
Michela Lombardi: vocal
Piero Frassi: piano
Nino “Swing” Pellegrini: doublebass
Vladimiro Carboni: drums
Mattia Donati: guitar & vocal
Tommaso Iacoviello: trumpet
Renzo Cristiano Telloli: alto sax
Moraldo Marcheschi: tenor sax
Silvio Bernardi: trombone
Iacopo Crudeli: speaker & vocal