Joy In Spite Of Everything

Stefano Bollani

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Jazz, Contemporary
August 25, 2014

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Stefano Bollani is an artist of ebullient virtuosity, with uncommon sensitivity and range. The Italian pianist has proved to be at home on ECM improvising solo or leading a trio, as well as engaging in duos with Enrico Rava, Chick Corea and Brazilian bandolim player Hamilton de Holanda. With Joy in Spite of Everything - an album of new compositions by the pianist for a trans-Atlantic quintet - Bollani has made his most beautifully textured and infectiously lyrical statement yet.

Bollani recorded these nine pieces at New York City's Avatar Studios with the Danish rhythm section from his Stone in the Water trio - bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund - plus two prominent American players and ECM intimates: guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner. As its title reflects, Joy in Spite of Everything brims with an indefatigable lightness of spirit despite the inevitable shadows of life.

Born in 1972 in Milan, Stefano Bollani began playing with Enrico Rava in 1996, confirming a deeper commitment to jazz. Since then, he has played with Pat Metheny, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Gato Barbieri, Miroslav Vitou?, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal and Roberto Gatto, among others. Bollani has recorded for ECM since 2003, starting with a sequence of albums with Rava: Easy Living (with an all-Italian quintet), Tati (trio with Paul Motian), The Third Man (duo) and New York Days (quintet with Motian, Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier). Bollani made his ECM debut under his own name with Piano Solo in 2007, then released the trio disc Stone In The Water in 2009, followed by duo albums with Chick Corea (Orvieto) and Hamilton de Holanda (O Que Sera). He has also recorded classical concertos for Avie and Decca, composed for big band, and published a comic novel (La Sindrome di Brontolo, 2006). Among his awards is the European Jazz Prize as Musician of the Year for 2007.

Personnel: Stefano Bollani (piano), Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Jesper Bodilsen (double bass), Morten Lund (drums)

Press Quotes

(4 1/2 stars) A very fine record indeed, rich in depth and sensuality.

RTÉ Ten, (Paddy Kehoe), September 16, 2014

(4 stars) This is a warmly expressive encounter between a close-knit trio and two guests they'd never previously met, and the frequently genre-hopping Bollani freely revels in his straight-ahead jazz...Bollani's vivacious soloing provides many of the highlights, never more so than in the quicksilver title track.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), September 5, 2014

(4 stars) Bollani's compositions are positively uplifting, ranging stylistically from calypso to north African to Thelonious Monk. They reveal a pianist with a rare sensibility, intent on chasing down joy wherever he finds it, aware of the dark side, but prepared to smile in spite of it. Happy days.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), September 5, 2014

(4 stars) Bollani had never met Bill Frisell before this recording session, so there's a sense of freshness in the band's interplay...A fine album that wins you over right from the start.

Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), August 16, 2014

Only the stoniest of hearts could resist the charm of Easy Healing, the opening track of this album from a dream transatlantic quintet...Bollani's regular trio combined with two of the most individual voices from the other side of the pond: Mark Turner and Bill Frisell...This album is a real treat.

LondonJazzNews, (Mike Collins), October 22, 2014

A gorgeous album of modern jazz with all five players interacting in the most natural way and each contributing a vital facet to what will stand as a shining central jewel in my 2014 listening.

The Jazz Breakfast, (Peter Bacon), August 24, 2014

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Key Value
Catalogue number 3784459
Barcode 0602537844593
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Double Bass Jesper Bodilsen
Drums Morten Lund
Guitar Bill Frisell
Tenor Sax Mark Turner
Weight 106g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Easy Healing 09:25
2. No Pope No Party 08:08
3. Alobar e Kudra 06:01
4. Las Hortensias 08:30
5. Vale 12:20
6. Teddy 07:07
7. Ismene 08:47
8. Tales From The Time Loop 09:36
9. Joy In Spite Of Everything 05:57