1 June 2008
MARCO DI MARCO TRIO AT THE LIVING ROOM
Marco Di Marco for Modern Jazz Records from 1973.
Marco Di Marco on Piano and Fender Rhodes with Jacky Samson on Bass and Charles Saudrais on drums (who were both part of the groundbreaking George Arvanitas Trio)
Dusty Groove raved about it:
One of our favorite piano jazz albums of all time a slyly funky set from the legendary Marco DiMarco and one that features him on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The beauty of this record is hard to describe in words as it's simple and subtle, but with a depth that has pleased our ears for years of listening. Marco's keys are backed by the incredibly round, warm bass tones of Jacky Sampson and drumming is in a nicely snapping mode by Samson's longtime partner in rhythm, Charles Saudrais. The set was recorded live in Paris in the early 70s and Marco tipples the Fender Rhodes incredibly on the slow funk classic "I Mei Ricordi" then grooves into acoustic piano on tunes that include "Le Mors Aux Dents", "Au Boeuf Gros Sel", "Valse", and "Par Avion". The album's got some great funky acoustic basslines and Marco's piano work is beautifully lyrical throughout!
Here's some more info about Marco di Marco from jazz.com:
Di Marco, Marco, pianist, composer; b. Bologna, Italy, 21 June 1940. His mother was Maria Sarti (born in Bologna (Italy), February 18, 1906 and dead in Bologna June 11, 1949). His father was Michele Di Marco (born in Trevico (Avellino) September 29, 1895 and dead in Bologna July 27, 1964). His sister, Anna Maria Di Marco (born in Rome February 18, 1931), is a piano teacher. Marco still lives and works in Bologna. He studied classical music in his youth with Enrichetta Sansilvestri, and in his late teens he studied harmony and composition with the eminent maestro Giordano Noferini. During the 60s and 70s, he had the luck to get at home precious teachings from Jack Reilly, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Gordon Beck and Martial Solal. During those years his fame spread rapidly throughout Europe; Di Marco performed on French and Italian radio and television stations, and participated in many important international jazz festivals.
During 1977 and 1978 Marco Di Marco performed on Italian and French television, sometimes solo but also with French pianist Martial Solal, and as part of a trio or quartet together with Chris Woods. In 1981, Marco Di Marco made his debut in the United States.He performed in New York at the Jazz Forum on Broadway, at Cami Hall, at Gulliver's Club, and he also played an unforgettable solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall. "Marco Di Marco quartet in New York" was recorded during that same period in New York in collaboration with Dave Tofani, Jack Six and Ronnie Bedford. In 1983 Marco Di Marco performed at many concerts (which were aired on Italian Television) in trio with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Philip Catherine. In 1985 he performed a part of a duo with American pianist Mike Melillo.
Ripped@320 from the original vinyl.If you enjoy this and haven't bagged it yet my post of Marco's superb "Together in Paris" with Chris Woods is still active here.