Never Fault Behind The Scenes (CD Album)
Gianluca Lusi, Andrea Rea, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson | Tosky Records®
“Never Fault Behind The Scenes” is a quartet project by Gianluca Lusi, involved in a totally original work alongside exceptional musicians. An album that ranges from modern mainstream jazz to free jazz, with intense melodic cues, enriched by the powerful rhythmic contribution of the two stars Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. It is an Album representing the acknowledgment of this Italian saxophonist and his musical style.
Never Fault Behind The Scenes (CD Album). Gianluca Lusi, multi-instrumentalist and composer, worked with several international artists: Danilo Rea, Maurizio Giammarco, Bill Carrothers, Massimo Manzi, Giovanni Amato, Riccardo Fassi, Joel Holmes, Peter Epstein, Larry Panella, Andy Gravish, Olivier Hutman. Among some of his works: “Rune” (Splasch Records), the duo “Loose” with Joel Holmes (Tosky Records) and “What’s New” (Caligola Records). Andrea Rea, pianist, born in 1983, has collaborated with musicians, such as Dado Moroni, Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Maurizio Giammarco, Julian Oliver Mazzariello. He won several contests: the “Baronissi Jazz”, the “Tuscia in Jazz” and even the “Piacenza Jazz” and the “Jazz no Tea Factory”. In 2007, he won the prestigious international award “Massimo Urbani”. Reuben Rogers, born in 1974, found his true passion in the bass. Rogers’ musical education is punctuated by many outstanding student awards, most notably, a scholarship offered by the Fish Middleton Jazz Society. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Music, in 1997, at the Berklee College of Music. He worked with world-renown jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd and Dianne Reeves. He boasts tours extensively all over the globe and has recorded over 70 CDs. Greg Hutchinson, born in Brooklyn, quickly became known as a young phenom in the jazz community, sharing the stage with the likes of Rodney, Betty Carter, and Ray Brown, while still in his early twenties. He collaborated with: Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Maria Schneider, as well as many others.
Francesco Branciamore –
Il quartetto di Lusi suona in modo meraviglioso una musica che ha una radice storica precisa ma con un mood totalmente rinnovato. Ottimo progetto. Bravi!!!
Francesco Branciamore (drums& composer)
Scott Yanow –
A top Italian saxophonist during the past 15 years, Gianluca Lusi is heard in top form throughout Never Fault Behind The Scenes. Not only did he contribute all nine originals but he plays with creativity and originality on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones plus bass clarinet.
Lusi heads a quartet that also features the very talented pianist Andrea Rea and two Americans; bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Much of their music could be considered modern mainstream jazz or forward-looking hard bop. The music swings but is never predictable and there is an impressive amount of variety.
The opening “October 10th” finds Lusi on tenor hinting a little bit at Dexter Gordon. Each of the musicians has opportunities to solo with Hutchinson playing with plenty of color. The uptempo “Out Of My Lips” has some intense alto from Lusi in the tradition of Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett but with his own approach. He races effortlessly over the chord changes. “I Remember Three Things” is a heartfelt ballad on which Lusi’s soprano playing is touched a little by the sound of Wayne Shorter. “Bavin” finds him caressing the melody before his soprano playing becomes gradually more adventurous.
“Isn’t A New Day” is fiery post bop with a repetitive theme and stormy solos, an uptempo piece with fast walking bass by Rogers behind excellent improvisations by Lusi on soprano and pianist Rea. “Another Note” has some intense playing by Lusi on alto. Lusi’s alto sounds beautiful on “One For Sylvie” which also has a lyrical statement by Rogers. “Mother” is a straight ahead jam on the chord changes of “Days Of Wine And Roses” that shows Lusi’s familiarity with the jazz tradition. The final selection, “Never Fault Behind The Scenes,” is a surprise for it is a fairly free duet by Lusi on bass clarinet with drummer Hutchinson, ending the set with plenty of fireworks.
Throughout Never Fault Behind The Scenes, Gianluca Lusi never runs out of fresh ideas and his band sounds very alert and inspired. This CD is a perfect example of high-quality 21st century jazz.
author of 11 books including Bebop, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76