Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan Lundgren – Mare Nostrum (2007)

Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan Lundgren - Mare Nostrum (2007)
Artist: Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan Lundgren
Album: Mare Nostrum
Label: ACT Music
Year Of Release: 2007
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

01 – Mare Nostrum (5:57)
02 – Principessa (4:38)
03 – Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce (3:00)
04 – The Seagull (3:21)
05 – Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours (4:34)
06 – Years Ahead (5:07)
07 – Sonia’s Nightmare (4:06)
08 – Chat Pitre (3:03)
09 – Valzer Del Ritorno (4:26)
10 – Open Your Mind (4:07)
11 – Liberty Waltz (4:12)
12 – Mio Mehmet, Forse Il Destino M’Impedira Di Rivederti (4:32)
13 – Ma Mere L’Oye (4:30)
14 – Para Jobim (4:00)
15 – Varvindar Friska (3:11)


Mare Nostrum’s biggest surprise isn’t its instrumentation — a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano — but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren are well-known, critically praised jazz musicians who have all been known to eschew musical boundaries and defy genre limitations, so the music on Mare Nostrum — an album co-led by all three — shouldn’t come as a surprise, nor should its quality, and yet not everybody would have expected such marvelous results. The 15 compositions on the album include originals by all three musicians and several covers, touching upon jazz, tango, classical music, and folk, reinterpreting Charles Trénet (“Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?”), encompassing Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce”), and Maurice Ravel (“Ma Mère L’Oye”). There is an almost delightful sense of trust and ease among the three performers, who never take away their bandmates’ spotlights, and who find a balance between playfulness and restraint throughout the album. The music is evocative, as if it was the soundtrack to a missing Louis Malle movie, and much of it creates a warm feeling of gentle nostalgia, even on the more up-tempo tracks. Let’s hope these musicians meet again to record more music — Mare Nostrum is a precious gem.

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