Making music, seriously, means trying to find an agreement between several artistic and existential levels. This often turns out to be a difficult operation, with a result not necessarily positive or taken for granted.
This work unequivocally represents the research and the wedding between different artistic, experiential and existential levels, the research into new synergies. The result is a product of high quality for that very reason.
On the style level this product turns out to be an atmosphere where jazz blending has not taken away the classical enjoyment of the ensamble. At the same time, the apparent rigidity of the classical quartet has opened up to the seduction of jazz, to the temptation of indefinite tones, to the colours and shadows of improvisation.
In my opinion, however, it is on the experiential and existential level that we find the greatest value of this work, which imposes with its disruptive humanity. For the Denner Quintet playing together represents the Aleph, the meeting point in which scholars of music such as Allifranchini and Rodolfi have accepted the merry challenge to compare themselves with the sons of the conservatoire, who have worked very hard to become a dialectic and trustworthy reference point.
The mixture of these purposes has created the Stimmung that we can feel above all in live performances, and that also spreads from the group even to the most passive audience.
(*) Brani composti per il Quintetto Denner - Songs composed for the Quintet Denner
A. Piazzolla - Arr. F. Rodolfi
Weiss - Arr. F. Rodolfi
B. Goodman - Arr. F. Rodolfi
B. Strayhorn - Arr. F. Rodolfi
E, Garner - Arr. F. Rodolfi
Kosma - Arr. F. Rodolfi
D. Brubeck - Arr. F. Rodolfi
Martino, Garinei, Giovannini, Kramer - Arr. F. Rodolfi
“Italy in jazz” is the new Quintetto Denner's project. It is a travel through the Italian music of the last four centuries with forays in different styles, from classical to contemporary, from opera to pop music. All this will be reread by the peculiar interpretation of the quintet ("Quintetto Denner: no strings, no drums", as Paquito D'Rivera friendly called us after the concert at the Toronto Jazz Festival in 2008). In this excursus the different music styles challange the soul of the quintetto, always suspended from classical to jazz music. The aim of this project is to spread Italian culture and its traditions through jazz, thus using a well-known musical language in order to contaminate different contexts with "molecules of Italian spirit". All the presented pieces have been arranged or composed especially for the Quintetto Denner by some of the most interesting characters of the Italian jazz survey. We have started up this project after observing the reaction of the foreign audience to pieces like "Estate" by Bruno Martino, "Stradivarius" by Carlo Alberto Rossi and others that already were in our repertoire, written by Italian authors such as Ennio Morricone, Kramer, Capua etc.. We have accurately selected, arranged, sperimented and rehearsed for three years. We have then prepared a special anthology from the Italian musical heritage that we call “Italy in jazz”, and we are proud to present it to the international audience.