Climate- atmosphere is what we say. Soul with beautiful expression, is what they say in the modern jazz scene in the US. It's a necessary component for good jazz, as well as for swing. But to achieve an organic atmosphere which is therefore vital and alive, a relationship of intentions and views, and a congeniality of thoughts are needed. When Tommasi was in Rome for a few days and had Santucci and Scoppa listen to the latest pieces he had composed, the three musicians ideas, aspirations, and agreement in taste appeared to exist right off the bat, and the idea to do an album together was born almost instantly. Now, with all things said and done, a certain climate seems to have been achieved, with no lack of a swing enriched with heat and energy. The two horn players, who up until now have played and recorded with a band from Rome, the Modern Jazz gang, have really and fully understood the spirit of the pieces written by Tommasi, and even if it's the first time they have met with the trio of the pianist from Trieste, they demonstrate that they have merged and combined into one, more than anyone had hoped for.
Amedeo Tommasi, piano player, was born in Trieste on December 1, 1935. After studying the piano privately under the guidance of classical maestros, he felt the fascination of modern jazz and so he dedicated himself to it with serious and intense passion. Having moved to Bologna where he still resides today, he soon matured his jazz in a hot and lively atmosphere of few amateurs who usually get together in a strange yet very well supplied record shop called the "Disclub", whose preferences range from the trendy Bop by Bird and Diz up to the last experiences of Coltrane and his companions. Having a very close relationship with this sort of climate, Tommasi finds, with his profound reasons, his way of playing, and above all, writing, which in this album are an exhibition of his personal character, as the author of intense, dramatic, and original compositions, even if they require a noteworthy commitment from the soloists for the intrinsic harmonic and rhythmical difficulties. Tommasi's trio, came to light after the radio transmission "La Coppa del Jazz" (The Jazz Cup).
Giovanni Tommaso, bass player, was born in Lucca in 1941, and is therefore the youngest and possibly the most talented out of these soloists. After having studied the piano and bass for a few years, he ended up dedicating himself to the bass, and developing his particular jazz qualities which have helped him in already being one of the best bass players in Italy. Besides being a part of the Tommasi Trio, he is the bass player for "Quintetto di Lucca" (the Lucca Quintet), a refined group of young musicians, with whom he has recently been to the US, where he was able to observe the jazz scene up close and to noticeably improve his technique and musical knowledge.
Franco Mondini, drummer, was born in Turin on September 14th, 1935. Despite his young age, he has already been validly included amongst the top Italian musicians for years. After having graduating in theory and solfeggio, he met Kenny Clarke in Paris who decisively impressed him and gave him precious advice. In Holland he studied quite a long time with Johnny Engels jr., one of the best European drummers. He has played with the best Italian musicians (he played with Nunzio Rotondo for one year) and foreign musicians (Phil Woods and Phineas Newborn appreciated him quite a bit).
Francesco "Cicci" Santucci, trumpet player, was born in Rome on April 21st, 1939. At the age of 17 he performed in a Jazz Festival in Rome, but his first experiences of any real importance were had a year later in the Modern Jazz Gang Quintet; a Roman octet which he is still a member of. He is forming a serious musical preparation with his trumpet studies and composition under the guidance of private maestros. In an opinion survey recently done by the readers of the magazine "Jazz di ieri e di oggi" (yesterday's and today's Jazz) he resulted fourth among the Italian trumpet players.
Enzo Scoppa, tenor sax player, was born in Rome in 1934. He is also part of the Modern Jazz Gang Quintet. He has done concerts and albums with Rotondo. He was classified as third in the same survey, and is one of the few Italian tenor players who follow the most recent trends and try to create a characteristic voice with their own instruments.