WHAT REASON COULD I GIVE
Feat. Joe Sanders
09/21/21 Fresh Sound Records

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Daniele Germani – Alto Sax
Cosimo Boni - Trumpet
Domenico Sanna – Piano
Joe Sanders – Doublebass
Francesco Ciniglio – Drums

 

All Compositions by Daniele Germani

Recorded at Cicaleto (AREZZO) by Francesco Ponticelli
Mixed &Mastered at Sear Sound (NY) by the Grammy WInner Jeremy Loucas

“What reason could I give you, listener, for making music? For playing it? For being here?” Saxophonist and composer Daniele Germani’s second album, aptly named What Reason Could I Give, offers us an answer. Thirteen tracks, including eight original songs, feature his Quintet of musicians from Italy and the United States.

 

In a time of isolation, music served as a memory for Germani to anchor himself in, a comforting reminder of all the congregations of folks the world so deeply missed and coveted. It was in this very act of sitting in barren rooms, remembering when they were crowded, that the seeds of new songs were planted. 

 

“We couldn’t believe we were making this record,” the saxophonist said of the day he finally played music with his counterparts in person again. Screens and seclusion having become the norm, a certain magic had revealed itself in what was previously ordinary: the act of coming together. The desire for proximity and collaboration not only spurred the creation of this record but also beats unequivocally at its core. It is an album about the value of the present moment and all that it entails. In its wide-ranging expression of reflective tones and playful riffs, it reminds us to take a moment to recognize the hidden enchantments in the subtle variations of our daily routines, the beauty of sharing time and space with loved ones, and, overall, the responsibility to honor our capacity to wonder—to understand that it suffices to have the chance to wonder at all. “The act of making these songs was like a lighthouse during a storm,” the composer explained. 

 

What Reason Could I Give is named in honor of the eponymous song by American jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Ornette Coleman, and—in the very spirit of appreciation for the marvels that can be found in everyday moments when we pay close attention to them—the album carries four vastly different original renditions of the late songwriter’s piece. Coleman’s lyrics read, “How many times / Must I die for Love? / Only when I’m without you.” Almost as a direct response to his hero, Germani’s several versions—ranging from morose to buoyant—make for a touching homage by instead answering the question of how many times must one live for that very same love. Through these four divergent branches of the same tree of sound, Germani and his quintet reaffirm that there is no dearth of creativity as long as there is something of value in front of us, even if it’s only one thing. One person. One moment. Insofar as we are present, one is all we need.

 

 

From the gentle yet lively introduction of “Anything but a Screen”, which eases and welcomes us into a sense of celebration and rhythm, to the bitter yet loving resignation of making peace with others’ mistakes in “As Long as You Accept Me”, to the falling and rising tribute to perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles that is “Which Could Also Be a Name,” Germani and his quintet take us on a full-fledged voyage through the present moment. They employ the power of soul-lifting melodies to unveil the innumerable possibilities latent in a single instant, and they beckon us to join them, almost as if to say: “What reason could I give for being here, listener? That I am with you, of course.” 

XENYA
 11/06/21 via GleAM Records

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Daniele Germani – Alto Sax
Cosimo Boni - Trumpet
Alessandro Lanzoni – Piano
Francesco Ponticelli – Doublebass
Roberto Giaquinto – Drums

Recorded at Cicaleto (NY) by Francesco Ponticelli
Mixed &Mastered at Sear Sound (NY) by the Grammy WInner Jeremy Loucas

GleAM Records is proud to announce the release of XENYA, the surprising debut of the collective made up of five of the greatest Italian jazz talents, available on CD and digital download / streaming from 18 June 2021.

In a historical period in which welcoming seems difficult and almost forbidden, music offers the opportunity to subvert this trend. Welcoming not only physically but also welcoming other people’s ideas, trying to be part of them and to contribute without judging.

In the ancient Greece, hospitality was sacred and represented by the “Xenya” which contained a series of rules whereby those who welcomed and those who were hosted had to exchange gifts.

Cosimo Boni (trumpet), Daniele Germani (alto saxophone), Alessandro Lanzoni (piano), Francesco Ponticelli (double bass) and Roberto Giaquinto (drums) have donated and granted each other 10 original compositions, using them as a springboard for a dip in other people’s thoughts and souls. Music flows between the different pens without favoring any of them, creating the opening of an imaginary portal towards any possibility. Welcoming therefore becomes a point of inspiration and a beginning.

The album opens with Germani’s “The World Watched and Waited“, an intriguing theme made of lights and shades in which the sound of the collective openly declares itself in all its richness of timbres and shows an ability to conduct the pulsation in an unpredictably, meeting and moving away, but always in a mutual listening.

It’s the turn of the mysterious and introspective “U do U“, in which the compositional vein and the expressive universe of the very young Cosimo Boni are expressed in the ability to wait and enhance the silences, and in the beauty of a declarative and strong sound.

In the following “The Good Place” the drummer Roberto Giaquinto reveals his talents as an inspired composer with a luminous theme, on which his drumming full of orchestral colors,  impalpable energy and polyrhythmic gimmicks of great musicality is grafted.

With “Unlike Anything else Ahead“, the writing returns to Germani, who offers us one of his great choral themes for sax, trumpet and piano with the rhythm building a second level, where the rigor of writing is contrasted by the freedom and interaction between double bass and drums.

We are halfway through the album and it is the turn of Francesco Ponticelli’s “Little Green“, an expressive turning point with a theme characterized by an edgy atmosphere and the obsessiveness of its intervals and melodic motifs. Certainly you can find in light the undisputed qualities of the now consecrated Alessandro Lanzoni, who leads the expressive atmosphere since the introduction and develops a crescendo with the quintet that acts as a springboard for his elegiac solo, and leaves space after a new thematic moment for the heated dialogue between Germani and Boni .

We are at the sixth track of the album, “Feeling Nervous” by Alessandro Lanzoni, a tune that, as the title already reveals, shows great impetuousness and descriptive skills in a post-bop dimension in which, in addition to the beautiful introduction by the composer, stand out the beautiful solos of Germani and Boni, full of rhythmic energy and freshness of ideas confirming their great qualities as improvisers as well as composers, despite the young age of both.

In fact it’s in the following track that both are confirmed as absolute out of class with “Walk a Little Quicker“, a theme of great melodic inspiration written by four hands, in which, in addition to the harmony of ideas, the great positivity and beauty of thought is highlighted.

We are approaching the end and the atmosphere relaxes with the brief and brooding “Chess Game” by Ponticelli, a real pearl in which the rhythm of a chess game manifests itself in the counterpoint between the voices of the soloists and in the waits of the hypnotic dialogue of the rhythm section on the piano vamp.

The penultimate track is the one that gives the album its name, “Xenya“, a wonderful and lyrical ballad written by Lanzoni, with a solemn gait, full of hope and underground bluesy references, capable of distilling the most distant experiences of jazz in a profound and full of beauty narrative.

The album ends with “Trabucco“, up tempo even 8th written by Germani and focused on a rhythmic vamp with a light Latin flavor on which a great lyrical theme and open harmonies are released, conducted with great energy by the entire line-up. The happiest and most inspired solos on the album take turns, in an atmosphere of sharing that translates the inspiring idea of ​​this album into music and interplay.

A CONGREGATION OF FOLKS
 
3/26/21 via GleAM Records

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Daniele Germani – Alto Sax
Justin Salisbury – Piano
Giuseppe Cucchiara – Doublebass
Jongkuk Kim – Drums

 

All Compositions by Daniele Germani

Recorded at Bacque Recording Studio (NY) by Luis Bacquè
Mixed &Mastered at Sear Sound (NY) by the Grammy WInner Jeremy Loucas

“Daniele Germani’s first recorded document of his music as a leader is full of soulful, personal expression.  I was captured by Daniele’s sweet sound and his quartets wonderful collective spirit and creative dialog throughout.” – GRAMMY-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano 

GleAM Records is proud to announce the release of A Congregation of Folks, the striking debut from auspicious newcomer Daniele Germani. Congregation of Folks introduces a riveting and spirited voice on the alto saxophone, and an intriguing, unique composer. Ten modern jazz compositions, all penned by Germani, beautifully come to life with the help of his tight-knit quartet consisting of pianist Justin Salisbury, bassist Giuseppe Cucchiara and drummer Jongkuk Kim. A Congregation of Folks will be available on CD and digital download/stream on March 26, 2021. 

 

 

Originally from the Frosinone region of Italy but based in Brooklyn, NY, Daniele Germani is a fast-rising star on the contemporary New York jazz scene. A graduate of the Conservatory of Frosinone, Germani moved to Boston in 2013 when he was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. While there, he was admitted to Danilo Perez’s prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied under the tutelage of Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, and his mentor, George Garzone.

 

 

His revelatory experiences in the classroom were rivaled only by those on the bandstand, most frequently that of Wally’s Jazz Cafe, the legendary jazz club where Germani cut his teeth. Known as the “training ground” for local and rising musicians, performing at Wally’s became a regular occurrence for Germani; eventually he was performing there 2-3 times weekly as a sideman and with his own groups. A shifting “congregation of folks” from all parts of the world would join Germani night after night at the storied venue. Wally’s played a vital role in Germani’s musical and personal development, and much of the club’s vibrant and inspiring spirit is captured on this recorded debut. “Wally’s was the place where we dreamt with our eyes open,” Germani describes. 

 

 

Early on during his time in Boston, Germani linked up with fellow Italian bassist Giuseppe Cucchiara, South Korean drummer Jongkuk Kim and Oregon-born pianist Justin Salisbury. They immediately clicked, and went on to form a tight knit group that developed into a meaningful friendship and musical partnership. They performed frequently in Boston – at Wally’s and in assorted ensembles at Berklee – and they remained a unit through their graduation and subsequent move to New York City in 2017. Since then, they have continued to perform together, as well as build successful independent careers on their own, each ascending to “first call” status among their talented peers. 

 

 

Germani took on a personal challenge in 2019 at the behest of his good friend and frequent collaborator Leo Genovese. “Leo is a brilliant composer and each of his songs are more beautiful than the last,” says Germani. Inspired by Genovese’s trove of jaw-dropping compositions, Germani challenged himself to write one song a day. “My goal was to be present in the moment when writing songs… I followed the flow of the moment, and my approach to writing changed depending on what happened that day. I wanted to be surprised by my own creations.” To date, Germani has written over 450 songs. Two of them appear on Leave It Blank For Now; Germani’s 2020 Chant Records release with Genovese, his Wally’s bandmate Boni, stalwart bassist Francesco Marcocci and once again, Kim – ten others are featured on this stunning debut. 

 

 

On A Congregation of Folks, Germani takes listeners on an expansive emotional journey that ranges from joyous and raucous to pensive and inquiring. Highlights include the high energy opener “They Move In On The Action” which gives way to the lyrical “One Moment to Moment”, a lovely showcase for Salisbury. Another standout is the meditative title track which opens with a gorgeous saxophone solo intro “meant to call beloved folks together”. This track was inspired by the album’s front cover: his parents’ wedding picture with Germani and his band digitally superimposed in the shot, bringing everyone together. “No Clouds in the Air” is a contemplative exploration that kicks off with a heavy drone, haunted and prescient, while Germani and his band duel in tones, creating a rich tapestry of sound. “You Won’t Find A Better Listener” is joyous and musical conversation between Germani and Salisbury, likened to “the best late- night conversation, full effervescence and depth.” 

 

Daniele Germani is thrilled to unleash A Congregation of Folks into the world, and hopes that his music can help bring people together during an ever-perilous time. With the release of his debut, Germani welcomes you into his congregation of folks.

Label: GleAM Records  AM7004

LEAVE IT BLANK FOR NOW

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Daniele Germani – saxophone
Leo Genovese – piano
Cosimo Boni – trumpet
Francesco Marcocci – bass
Jongkuk Kim – drums

What happens when five kindred musicians enter a Brooklyn studio armed with nothing but their instruments, some original pieces and a willingness to see and hear what happens? That’s the operating principle behind “Leave It Blank For Now,” a collective of improvisers who share a history of study in Boston, now rooted in the vibrant New York City scene and involved in enough bands and projects to make your head spin.

 

The album starts out with two of saxophonist Daniele Germani’s pieces evoking the beauty and power of nature both real (“On The Edge Of Mount Kosciuszko”) and imagined (“Scylla and Charybdis”). Next is “The Brosh Anthem,” an homage to camaraderie and friendship penned by virtuoso pianist Leo Genovese. The penultimate tune, by trumpeter Cosimo Boni, is an unpredictable and deceiving ballad about false niceness called “The Pretty Beast.” The album closes with “Newark,” bassist Francesco Marcocci’s tribute to legendary jazz elder statesman Wayne Shorter. Drummer Jongkuk Kim rounds out the quintet, with all five members exhibiting a trust and pure love of music that allows them to view the wide-open unknown for what it is, a place of boundless discovery and possibility

TANO TRIO

CLOSE BUT FAR

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Leo Genovese (ARG) piano
Daniele Germani (ITA) alto sax
Stefano Battaglia (ITA) double bass
Juan Chiavassa (ARG) drums

The Tano Trio was formed in 2016 at the Berklee College of Music by Daniele Germani on saxophones, Stefano Battaglia on double bass and Juan Chiavassa (Argentina) on drums. The trio creates jazz with a powerful melodic influence, clearly contaminated by European and American free jazz and inspired by George Garzone of Boston’s “The Fringe”. Their repertoire includes original songs as well as and traditional jazz standards ranging from John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk to contemporary songs. The outcome is a continuing succession of harmonies, melodies and rhythmic patterns merging into unified themes and motives or shaping unique improvised compositions. Together with Jando Music and Via Veneto Jazz, the Tano Trio are soon set to release an album recorded in NewYork with Leo Genovese (Argentina), among New York’s most acclaimed jazz pianists. 

FLUID COLLECTIVE + GEORGE GARZONE

IN THE WOODS

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George Garzone – tenor sax
Daniele Germani – alto sax
Alessio Pignorio – guitar
Giuseppe Campisi – double bass
Juan Ale Saenz – drums

Los Autonautas

Balcón India

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Daniele Germani – Alto sax
Lucas Goicoechea – Alto Sax
Nataniel Edelman – Piano
Juan Bayón – Double Bass
Juan Chiavassa – Drums

 

Los Autonautas came together after a private concert in Argentina featuring New York-based musicians Daniele Germani (alto sax, originally from Italy) and Juan Chiavassa (drums, originally from Argentina) and Buenos Aires-based Lucas Goicochea (alto sax), Juan Bayon (bass), and Nathaniel Edelman (piano). From the first moment playing together, the chemistry among the musicians was so strong that they immediately decided to record an album to document their fortuitous meeting.

 

The resulting album, Balcón India, includes compositions from each individual musician plus a classic by Sonny Rollins, but it’s really in the collective performance that the sparks really fly. Sometimes great music collaborations develop over many years, and sometimes, like in the case of Los Autonautas, they happen in an instant. Lucky for the musicians and listeners, the mics were hot and the tape (or its digital equivalent) was running when the magic happened. Members of Los Autonautas have worked with jazz luminaries including John Patitucci, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses, Pablo Ziegler, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Dave Kikoski and Tim Berne.