Umbria Jazz 2015: My Favorite Performers

Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Aaron Diehl, Bill Frisell, Kim Prevost & Bill Solley, Patrick Williams and Giovanni Guidi.

Beautiful Life — Dianne Reeves was the queen at Morlacchi Theatre in Perugia during the last weekend of Umbria Jazz Festival. Her performance show us how voice can be an amazing instrument. Her musical African side touched the soul of spectators, mixing R&B, Pop and Reggae.

‘Round Midnight — It was too warm at Morlacchi Theatre but we held out against it to enjoy Ravi Coltrane’s performance. The sound of his saxophone was sober and the way to keep in touch with spectators gave music performance a determined imprint. Talking with Ravi in the dressing room, I discovered Coltrane’s son was a photography lover.

Sophisticated Piano —Aaron Diehl was unpredictable and surprising during his performance at Umbria Jazz Festival. American jazz virtuoso from Ohio played with the shadow of giant John Lewis.
In his music there is the touch of contemporary piano without losing the control to build a bridge between tradition and jazz roots.

Guitar in the middle of the night — Bill Frisell is an eclectic guitarist and his performance at Morlacchi Theatre confirmed it. Listening to him you know the departure but you can’t understand the route, from jazz fusion to jazz rock in a music jumble full of shades. No banality throught the sound of his guitar because the way we were recalls the way we’ll be.

Tuck and Patti from New Orleans — A wonderful black voice and a dynamic guitar are my favorite duo at Umbria Jazz Festival. Do you remember The West Coast duo Tuck & Patti? Imagine them on the other side of USA. Here you are Kim Prevost & Bill Solley.
In her voice there was soul, in his guitar there were all contaminations from New Orleans. Both of them were able to dominate the stage, attracting audience. After the concert, I told them about my trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest and my interview to B.B. King, before hurricane Katrina arrived.

Harmonica from Louisiana — His magic harmonica safeguards Blues from Louisiana. Patrick Williams was a fury on the stage and his notes seemed to be wild.
The sound was visceral and impulsive so that his performance revelead how much this wind instrument is able to express profile and details of musician’s birthplace.

A revelation from Italy — A good pianist as Giovanni Guidi may be polished without renouncing his musical origins. Young pianist from Foligno, not far from the birthplace of Umbria Jazz Festival, let improvisations be the motor of a composition recalling the approach of Keith Jarrett.
Standing ovation at Morlacchi Theatre in Perugia. How about hosting his next concert at The Blue Note in Milan?

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