Naked Quartet

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The Project

More original music by the italian Genoa based bassist Massimiliano Rolff, here performed with amazing artistry by some of the most important musicians of the italian scene.
In balance between modernity and mainstream, here is some music that is willing to explore comunication between musicians and with the audience.
The idea of the – Naked Quartet – is in the title: simple and real jazz. No shortcuts.
In his first cd “Unit Five” Rolff was busy with full arrangements for quintet, closed forms, and lots of written charts.
Here in Naked the music is more open, the scores are made to be fully interpreteted by the great musicians that joined him in the recording session: Emanuele Cisi on tenor and soprano sax, Andrea Pozza on piano and Enzo Zirilli on drums.
The overall sound could recall some late Blue Note records, some Wayne Shorter or Joe Henderson music, that specific time frame when jazz changed defentely its skin.
In the record and in the concert there are 4 moments of solo performance, to give to the audience that specific more contemporary sound.
The record has been cut in one afternoon.

Emanuele Cisi – Tenor and Soprano Sax
In his 40ies, Emanuele Cisi is one of the most appreciated jazz musicians of the European scene. He has cut six records in his name and dozens as co-leader or sideman, in different European countries for Italian and foreign labels (among these Blue Note, Universal); he played at concerts and TV shows Europe, United States, China, Oceania, cooperating with some of the most famous musicians of the world like Clark Terry, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Nat Adderley, Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Sting and many others.

Andrea Pozza – Piano
Andrea Pozza has been an important figure in the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Nicolò Pagannini Conservatory in his home town of Genoa, Italy, he has appeared on stage with legendary musicians like Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bobby Durham, Chet Baker, Al Grey, George Coleman, Sal Nistico, Scott Hamillton, Lee Konitz, Massimo Urbani and Larry Nocella. Pozza’s original sound has been inspired by many master jazz pianists including Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Winton Kelly and McCoy Tyner. From 2004-2008, Pozza was a member of the Enrico Rava quintet, with whom he recorded The Words and Days (2007) for the ECM Label. This quintet performed at prestigious Jazz Festivals and Concert Halls in France, England, Germany, Spain Portugal, USA, Canada, Brasil, Argentina Japan and hosted important guest like Roswell Rudd and Pat Metheny. As a member of various groups led by Steve Grossman, Pozza performed in London, Paris, and important Jazz Festivals around the world.

Massimiliano Rolff – Double Bass / Leader
Massimiliano Rolff, graduates in Electric Bass at the Jazz Conservatory of Groningen in 1999 (Holland), and in 2010 he graduates in Master Jazz Music Performance at the Conservatory “N. Paganini” in Genoa (Italy). He performed throughout Europe and America with Jesse Davis, Dave Schnitter, Dave Glasser, Peter King, Herb Geller, Phil Woods, Emanuele Cisi, Tino Tracanna, Rachel Gould, Garrison Fewell, Andrea Pozza, Sangoma Everett, Andy Gravish, Jasper van t Hof, Alessio Menconi, Tom Kirkpatrick, just to name a few, performing in the most important Jazz Clubs and Festivals. In 2003 he has released with Oleo the album “Next Beat” for Scen

ario Music, with a worldwide distribution. In 2006 Rolff released his first album as bassist, composer and leader “Unit Five” (Music Center/IRD), gaining great success of public and critics. In 2009 he released his second album “Naked” as composer and leader, followed by a very successful italian tour and winning the JazzLightHouse price for the second time as best Jazz Record. In 2012 Rolff’s writing is released in the new Unit Five album “More Music”, published by BlueArt Records.

Enzo Zirilli – Drums
Enzo Zirilli is considered one of the most versatile and creative italian drummers and percussionists of the last generation, having worked all around the world with great jazz, world music and pop artists such as: Charlie Mariano, Steve Grossmann, James Moody, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dado Moroni, Randy Brecker, Gloria Gaynor, Larry Schneider, Antonio Forcione, Marco Pereira, Gary Bartz, George Garzone … He has played in many important festivals, theatres and jazz clubs in Italy, Europe and around the world with great musicians like Steve Grossman, James Moody, Robert Bonisolo, Luigi Bonafede, George Garzone, Randy Brecker, Dado Moroni, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ares Tavolazzi, Franck Avitabile, Stefano Di Battista, Gary Bartz.

Naked

  1. Intercity
  2. Tell me your wishes
  3. On my name
  4. Naked
  5. Somewhere folk song
  6. That day, that morning
  7. Last time blues
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Naked Quartet – Intercity 
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