Mario Rosini: Be My Love
Featuring: Mario Rosini on Solo Piano
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 12, 2008
This solo CD is infused with the most unique piano jazz improvisations Iíve heard recorded in years. Mario Rosini, a professor of music and a pianist in Italy, is exceptionally talented, as his riffs take off from the ballad, but never lose the intrinsic theme. Rosini includes rapturous standards, like Someday My Prince Will Come and Hereís that Rainy Day. He even adds his own Tango composition, with the authentic rhythms and tones of the genre.
#4 - 02.00 pm - Composed by Mario Rosini. Rosini has composed a cheerful, spritely piece, with lyrical syncopation and swinging motifs. He races about the keyboard, almost to its conclusion, in melodic animation. The presentation is imbued with euphoric jubilation.
#5 Ė Softly As In a Morning Sunrise - Composed by O. Hammerstein and S. Romberg. With rapid, winding trills, Rosini enhances this standard with contemporary skill, building on musical fragments and twisting them into a seamless, surprise-filled serenade. Rosini plays with a clear, energetic style thatís often missing in solo piano ballads. He grabs the listenerís imagination.
#8 Ė Mr. Tanghero - Composed by Mario Rosini. With a hint of Piazzolla, Rosini is clearly in his element in Nuevo Tango Jazz. Although the music is not danceable, itís surely evocative of a smoky Buenos Aires Milonga. The track is brief, like a dance, and serves as a window into Rosiniís inspiration.
#9 - Hereís that Rainy Day - Composed by J. Burke and J. Van Heusen. Rosiniís interpretation of this usually melancholy ballad has upbeat ornamentations and jazzy refrains. His fingers dance with amazing speed and precision.
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