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Featuring:
Giancarlo Mazz¨ on Guitar
Luciano Troja on Piano

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 25, 2011


See a CD Review of Giancarlo Mazz¨ and Luciano Troja
See a Giancarlo Mazz¨ Trio CD Review
See a Luciano Troja Solo CD Review

Giancarlo Mazz¨ and Luciano Troja were in town from Messina, Sicily, and once again they presented a fine jazz concert of sumptuous American standards, some of which can be found on their 2 CD Set, “Seven Tales about Standards”, see above reviews. Tonight’s East Village concert began with My Funny Valentine, composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, one of my favorites. Troja added melodic flourishes to Mazz¨’s more dissonant passages, then Mazz¨ switched to Latin ornamentations in exotic, vivacious rhythms. Troja and Mazz¨ are a seasoned duo, anticipating each other’s enhancement of an introduction, a phrase, a theme. As soon as they’ve played the first song, you can’t wait to hear what’s next.

It was When I Fall In Love, composed by Edward Heyman and Victor Young. Troja played the meandering lead, embellishing the poignancy of this ballad, while Mazz¨ created some slightly atonal chords that drew the listeners in. The audience at Banjo Jims was quite quiet, intently listening to this engaging melody. Take the “A” Train followed, a Duke Ellington tune, composed by Billy Strayhorn. Troja and Mazz¨ embellished its bluesy, swing rhythms, very New York, expanding with bits of honky-tonk, New Orleans. Autumn Leaves, which originated in France, later received new lyrics from Johnny Mercer. Troja and Mazz¨ made the most of this engaging, enchanting tune, as it merged into Mazz¨’s scintillating guitar solo of Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Easy To Love. Bye Bye Blackbird was another highlight of this set, a popular standard, composed by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon. Mazz¨ and Troja mixed pulsating jazz refrains with elegant harmonies. The effect was richly elegant throughout. You can listen to and purchase Troja and Mazz¨’s CD’s directly from their websites above. This is music not to be missed, and these recordings also make great gifts, as the music is so soothing and soulful.



Giancarlo Mazz¨ on Guitar
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Giancarlo Mazz¨ on Guitar
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Luciano Troja on Piano
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Giancarlo Mazz¨ and Luciano Troja
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Giancarlo Mazz¨ on Guitar
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Luciano Troja on Piano
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Giancarlo Mazz¨ and Luciano Troja
at Banjo Jims, East Village
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net