Ben Sluijs- alto saxophone & alto flute
Sam Comerford- tenor, bass saxophone & clarinet
Laurent Blondiau- trumpet & Flugelhorn
Augusto Pirodda- piano
Lynn Cassiers - voice & electronics
Manolo Cabras - double bass
Marek Patrman - drums


Recording: Oliver Whitehurst at the Dada Studios, Brussels, Belgium on November 17-18-19, 2021
Mixing & CD Mastering: Manolo Cabras
Vinyl Mastering: Frédéric Alstadt
Production:  Augusto Pirodda & Rogé for el NEGOCITO Records
Cover Art: Claudia Ignoto
Graphic Design: Istar Karamemet

Available on double vinyl and double CD
release August 26, 2022 at the Nuoro Jazz Festival, Italy
CD pre-release at the Citadelic @ SMAK Museum, Ghent, Belgium on May 5, 2022

 

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After the trio release with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian “No Comment” (Jazzwerkstatt - 2011), the quartet release with Ben Sluijs, Manolo Cabras and Marek Patrman “A turkey is better eaten” (eNR020 - 2014) and the solo album “Kosmima” (eNR081 - 2018) Pirodda debuts with his new Septet with a record called “The Monkey and The Monk - Concerto for Jazz Septet in 3 Movements”.

“The Monkey and the Monk” is a portrait of Pirodda’s innerworld. Through music and lyrics he shows, from his point of view, the never ending internal fight between the adult-side and the child-side in all of us.
Actually this work is about the struggle for freedom.The attempt to fully surrender to life. The attempt of being who you are, rather than trying to be something you believe you should be (this makes a strong connection with the previous quartet record “A turkey is better eaten”). There are no answers in this work, only questions and doubts.
The 3 movements are a sequence of compositions connected to each other with improvised moments (solos, duos, trios). The great quality of this line-up allows Pirodda to experiment with different set-ups, with different forms - structured forms with changes, completely free impros, melodic suggestions for solos - and different tempos, from very slow ballad to very fast up tempo and many things in between.
The aesthetics which come out is undoubtedly strongly based on jazz sound but with a lot of different nuances, coming from the composing/arranging work as well as the differences among the musicians, who have many opportunities to freely express themselves bringing in their own sensitivity.

 

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Side A
First Movement

1. The Monkey and The Monk
A. Pirodda - ..:..

2. Ola
A. Pirodda - ..:..

3. Moving
A. Pirodda - ..:..

4. Long Time No Sea
A. Pirodda - ..:..


Side B
Second Movement - Self Sabotage Suite

5. Self-Sabotage
A. Pirodda - ..:..

6. The Irrelevance of Wanting
A. Pirodda - ..:..

7. Back to Square One
A. Pirodda - ..:..


Side C
Third Movement

8. Sneeuwvlokje
A. Pirodda - ..:..

9. Broken Circle
A. Pirodda - ..:..

10. Gus
L. Mura - M. Cabras - ..:..


Side D
Third Movement

The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom Part I
A. Pirodda - ..:..

The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom Part II
A. Pirodda - ..:..

The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom Part III
A. Pirodda - ..:..

The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom Part IV
A. Pirodda - ..:..


total time - ..:..
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