Massimiliano Rolff

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Graduates at the Jazz Conservatory of Groningen (Holland) in Electric Bass and Music Pedagogy in 1999, where he followed over 40 clinics and workshops with some of the best musicians worldwide.
In 1999 with a scolarship of the Dutch government he also follows a master at the Bass Collective in New York City with John Pattitucci and Lincoln Goines.
In 2010 he graduates with a master degree in Jazz Music at the Conservatory “N. Paganini” in Genova (Italy).
He works and live in Genova, Italy. He is freelance teacher of Electric Bass at different Conservatories in Italy.
As freelance bassist in the last years he has performed in some of the most important clubs and festivals of Italy, Holland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Missisipi, Georgia, North and South Carolina, with Jesse Davis, Dave Schnitter, Phil Woods, Peter King, Garrison Fewell, Herb Geller, Rachel Gould, Sangoma Everett, Andrea Dulbecco, Andy Gravish, Luca Begonia, Marco Tamburini, Gianpaolo Casati, Carlo Atti, Andrea Pozza, Francois Chassagnite, Claudio Chiara, Luca Santaniello, Karen Edwards, Johannes Faber, Emanuele Cisi, Enzo Zirilli, Jasper van’t Hof, Alessio Menconi, Tom Kirkpatrick, Mattia Cigalini and more.
He played in many festivals as: Folkest (I), SXSW festival (USA), UCLA Festival (USA), Mantova musica festival (I), Nu summer groove (I), Dolomiti Sky Jazz (I), Lille Jazz festival (F), Gurten Up town festival (CH), Roma Primo Maggio (I), Milano in musica (I), Grande Jazz all’universita di Castellanza (I), July Jazz Fest (BG), Alassio Jazz Festival (I), Sestri Jazz (I), Dal Missisipi alla Bormida (I), Valdarno Jazz, Versilia Jazz, Serravalle Jazz Festival, …
In 2003 he has published with Oleo the album “Next Beat” for Scenario Music, with a worldwide distribution, followed by many other compilations in many different countries.
In 2006 Rolff published his first jazz album as bassist, composer and leader “Unit Five” (Music Center/IRD).
In 2009 he published is new album as composer and bassista “Naked” for Effemusic.
Both records won the 1st price as “Best Album Jazz LightHouse” in 2006 and 2009.
In 2012 he release his new album with the band Unit Five, titled “More Music”.
Since 2008, he’s musical director of the Count Basie Jazz Club in Genoa, Italy.

2012 – Joost Swart – Massimiliano Rolff – Daviano Rotella – “After Dark” (BlueArt)
2012 – Massimiliano Rolff Unit Five, More music (BlueArt Records)
2010 – Daniele Gorgone Quartet feat . Dave Schnitter (Geco Records/Egea)
2010 – Mercy Sheridan Old Gospel (Propria)
2009 – Cisi, Pozza, Rolff, Zirilli, Naked (Effemusic/Family Affair)
2008 – Rolff, Pozza, Everett, Strad (Jazzlighthouse/propria)
2006 – Massimiliano Rolff, Unit Five (Music Center/IRD)
2006 – Zibba e Almalibre, Senza smettere di far rumore (Divinazione/Self)
2004 – Stefano Pastor, Una notte in Italia – album (Video Radio)
2004 – Massimiliano Rolff, Live at the SingelHuis – album (Whistle Foot Records)
2004 – Oleo, Bossa’n'go – compilation (Scenario Music)
2004 – Oleo, Acid Jazz n.86 – compilation (AcidJazz Magazine)
2003 – Oleo, A timeless Collection of Italian Nu-Jazz Sounds – compilation (WarnerAustralia)
2003 – Oleo, Next Beat – Album (Scenario Music)
2002 – Zibba e Almalibre, L’ultimo Giorno – album (Divinazione/Self)
2002 – Oleo, Lounge Beatz vol.2 – compilation (Bmg/Emi Germany)
1995 – Spk6, Take the “acid” train – compilation (ArciMusica)
1993 – Whisky Risky, Take it to the limit – singolo mix (Marcon Music)
1992 – Whisky Risky, Pandiero – singolo mix (Trax Records)
1991 – Massimiliano Rolff, Personaggi Indelebili – compilation (Sbeng-Bmg)
1999 – The teaching Plan for Electric Bass – Bass Method

April 2010 – Master Degree in Jazz Music at the Conservatory “N. Paganini” in Genova (Italy), under supervision of M° Pietro Leveratto, vote 108/110.
June 2003 – Jazz degree post-lauream at the Conservatory “A.Vivaldi” in Alessandria (Italy), under supervision of M° Luigi Bonafede, vote 9/10.
May 2002 – Ministerial Certificate of abilitation to teach Music as General Subcect in Public Schools.
June 1999 – With the benefit of a scholarship I followed a special course at the Bass Collective in New York City, USA. Workshops with: John Pattitucci, Lincoln Goines e Jeff Andrews.
1995 – 1999 – With the benefit of a scholarship I’ve graduated from the Conservatory of Jazz and Light music of Groningen in Holland. Main subject Electric Bass and Music Pedagogy.
Workshops with: Gary Willis, Steve Swallow, Marc Johnson, Alain Caron, Jeff Andrews, Joe Hubburd, Bo Stief, Dave Weckl, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Scott Henderson, John Taylor, John Abercrombie, Hein van de Gein, Claudio Roditi, Teddy Edwards, Bob Berg, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart, Ernie Watts, Tuck & Patty, Louis Conte, Aldo Romano and more.
July 1995 – Jazz workshop at the music and art school of Havelland, in Falkensee – Berlin – Germany.

Liner Note – “More Music” – 2012

When I think that there’s a group of passionate listeners out there who are waiting for “more music” I consider myself to be a lucky person … Well, I’m out there too, and that is why I feel this desire, which gets me going, day after day, hour after hour, and it makes me feel good.
I know and I remember every single precious moment when I conceived the melodies for this album, sometimes quickly scribbled down on scraps of paper, other times written out properly in a note book, and at times not written down at all but simply kept in my mind until safely noted down on a sheet of paper or on my pc, maybe days and miles away from the initial inspiration.
Those are moments of euphoria, the world around you seems to be dozing and you are in total communion with your wishes, and you can create a sparkling, strong and smiling sound.
I wrote this music, thinking about my wonderful quintet of musical friends, about the energy created on stage during our concerts, about how, to my constant great surprise and happiness, we find ourselves so tightly united. My creative partners have the ability to move carefree in their solos, while using a rigorous and consistent language, as is Jazz today.
This recording, apparently, does not open new paths, but there are forty-three minutes and six seconds of bouncing music, something that grows and develops through a complexity that is meant to go directly to your heart and soul in the simplest way, and I bet you’ll enjoy it.
It’s just … “More Music” … but we need it.

Massimiliano Rolff

More Music

  1. In the Narrows
  2. News from the Lighthouse
  3. That Funky Buzz
  4. Missing
  5. The Last Dance
  6. Guacha
  7. Four in a Room
  8. The 7th King
Audio Sample:
      1. Massimiliano Rolff/Unit Five – That Funky Buzz

Liner Notes – Unit Five – 2006

It is a great pleasure, a year after the record debut, published by this well-deserving label, of drummer Carlo Milanese (Intermission, Music Center BA 087 CD), to introduce the first work as leader of another young and well prepared musician, the bass player Massimiliano Rolff, leading his band named Unit Five.
Yes, it’s always exciting to write and especially to listen to musicians like Massimiliano and his fellow artists on this record: young players very well grounded and already experienced in performing with some of the best names in the scene, but the most important thing above all is that these musicians can express the authentic language of jazz.
In our days, when many musicians prefer to show off their technical skills writing intricate melodies without any swing, it is not so easy to find musicians that give more importance to a phrase or to their stylistic coherence.
This is one of the strongest points in Massimiliano’s work: he’s been able to choose the right musicians and to write all the pleasing tunes in this album, letting each band-member express himself both individually and within the group.
From the initial Unfaithful, through All Natural and again in Wind Blow we can appreciate Stefano Riggi building valuable solos with the strong and distinctive tone of his tenor sax, just like Giampiero Lo Bello’s shining trumpet in evidence on Didi, and skillfully muted in Corner Stomp, or with the mellow sound of his flugehorn played in the ballad Stones And Memories.
The rhythm section plays its fundamental role with the guitar of Massimo Currò both as accompanist and soloist, as he shows on Theo’s Move and Thanks God, It’s A Sunny Day, and with the precise, tasteful swinging drum performance by Maurizio Borgia.
I intentionally left until the end my thoughts about the leader, Massimiliano Rolff, who through this first work clearly defines his various and certainly uncommon qualities.
Besides having an excellent sound, perfect timing and being a great soloist – as you can hear all throughout the album – Massimiliano shows he’s a real leader, writing and arranging with taste and method, leading a band like this where every little detail is taken into full consideration.
One more time – and I’m sure there will be more – dear friends who love true jazz just like me, don’t worry: the future is in good hands!

Matteo Piazza

Unit Five

  1. Unfaithful
  2. The downtown walk
  3. Theo’s move
  4. Thanks God, it’s a sunny day
  5. Didi Stones and memories
  6. All natural
  7. Corner stomp
  8. Wind blow
Audio Sample:
      2. Massimiliano Rolff/Unit Five – Unfaithful

Liner Notes

Jazz music is alive and well!
Despite the fact that this music is too often described as “only for the few” or, in some cases even “dead”, the number of jazz fans all over the world is growing as is the number of events and festivals, thanks, of course, to the few great masters still active today but also to some gifted young players who bring a touch of freshness and contemporary creativity to the music.
The music expressed in this CD gives us proof of that: three musicians who first of all love and respect the jazz tradition, are not afraid of swingin’ hard but at the same time let their personalities and human experiences shine through.
Pianist Joost Swart, from the Nederlands, bassist Max Rolff and drummer Daviano Rotella, both from Genoa, are separeted by more than a thousand kilometers … which in Europe is a very long distance, especially in regards to culture and traditions, but this distance vanishes the moment they touch their instruments and start speaking in the universal language of music.
All the boundaries disappear and a wonderful conversation takes place in a tasteful mix of original compositions like “Genoa After Dark” and “Tokyo” and masterful standards such as “Dolphin Dance” and “When Will The Blues Leave?”.
Throughout this material Swart, Rolff and Rotella bring us a series of moods, varying from the dreamy ballad to the hardcore swinging uptempo, keeping our attention and touching every part of our soul but the most important thing, when you listen to this work, is that these guys love life and are having fun … just like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes … not a bad company to hang out with!

Dado Moroni

After Dark

  1. Genova After Dark
  2. Drifting
  3. Cool And Happy
  4. Tokyo
  5. Lunch Break Sketch
  6. Dolphin Dance
  7. When Will The Blues Leave?
  8. Stones and Memories
Audio Sample:
      3. Joost Swart Trio – Genova After Dark

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