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Review Round-up, words on the Aldevis Tibaldi album TwentySix Three

THE COOL VERVE of Twentysix Three – a new sextet release from Italian saxophonist, composer and arranger Aldevis Tibaldi – is defined by a live studio spontaneity which harks back to classic recordings of the ’50s and ’60s.

Each of these twelve tracks (mostly originals, plus a clutch of arrangements) was captured in a single take on analogue equipment, bringing distinctive warmth and immediacy to this full and vibrant session.

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Twentysix Three is pretty ‘unputdownable’, both in terms of its solid reference to tradition and the consistent joie de vivre displayed in these varied, single-take performances.

 

Adrian Pallant, March 2016

 

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A well-balanced set that risks alienating no-one and attracting a diverse public within the field of jazz.

Tim Stenhouse, UK Vibe 

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Accomplished playing throughout from Trieste-born saxophonist Aldevis Tibaldi marks out TwentySix Three.

The album was done live in one take and the analogue equipment used in the recording gives it a vibrant feel. MC

Martin Chilton, The Telegraph: The best jazz albums of 2016 

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Mostly comprising Tibaldi originals, with arrangements of Mingus, Monk, and Ellington tunes and the Italian standard Mi Piace, TwentySix Three showcases Tibaldi’s ability both to make a three-horn frontline sound almost orchestral and to produce his best work to a deadline.

Rob Adams, London Jazz News

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Becoming more and more disillusioned by what is passed off as jazz these days a disc such as this gives me hope for the future. Imagine Mingus*, Monk** and Ellington***, composing and arranging today and you get an inkling of where this is at. Indeed, the three composers mentioned actually provide the only non-original compositions on the album,

the rest coming from the pen of leader Tibaldi.

 

.....and the result is nothing less than super satisfying.

Lance Liddle - bebop spoken here 

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The playing is excellent throughout and Tibaldi's original compositions embrace an impressive range of jazz styles. The covers are well chosen and are given interesting and rewarding interpretations.

In any event it’s a fine and unexpectedly enjoyable album. One would imagine that this sextet would be a pretty impressive live attraction too.

Ian Mann

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“Now that I've heard him, I am a fan”

Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2

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“An olive in the martini”

Stephen Duffy, The Jazz House - BBC Radio Scotland

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Italian sax master Aldevis Tibaldi guides the London Jazz Ensemble through six of his compositions, with all the players slipping easily between styles old and new on a genial, quietly complex outing that makes virtuosity easy and approachable.

The Art Desk. (February 2016)

 

 

 

Some comments from selected listeners:

"I real like your disc. Very musically informed and it's so good to hear fine timbres; the

soprano sounds like a sax. Not some whiney cor anglais."

Anthony Coe

 

"With my husband we like it: it has been playing in the kitchen"

Prof. Stras

 

"Thanks  a million for the CD - Really enjoying it - brilliant stuff. I've had it on a loop in the workshop all day today!

Which mouthpieces are you using - great sound?"

Ed Pillinger

 

"I have listened to your disc a few times in the shop and I like it a lot.

It really has a great feeling to it, and it reminds my of certain Mingus works in many ways.

Thanks so much for sending it. You sound beautiful, especially your Sequoia soprano!

It will be on my listening rotation for a while now."

Joe Giardullo

 

"Been playing it in my cab, had a passenger on Wednesday night who paid a compliment "nice tunes driver, enjoyed my journey home" ! "

T

 

"Gentle, sensitive, cool with unexpected twists and turns"

I

 

"My father opened it and listened to it. You've got one more fan in Greece."

SA

 

"You are fast becoming my favorite tenor player! I love the variety of sounds that you have in your tonal palette. I am really going to enjoy this album."

JT

 

"Oh boy there are some pretty special tracks on this album. "

J

 

"Wish I could play as well as you. Musically and sound concept, we're a long way apart, but that's no bad thing."

KG

 

Someone had me worried about this idéa that, in contemporary music, the traditional sound of jazz, had reached its potential, and that trying to create something new in that idiom would simply end up being repetitive.

I'm ecstatic and relieved to say, that 'Twenty Six Three', proved that theory very wrong.

KB

 

"Buy it now!"

Pete Thomas

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