This album is part of the recordings I made for the concerts of the Piaggio fonè Music Festival 2019 edition
I made this recording at the Piaggio Auditorium located inside the famous Pontedera Museum, the place where Piaggio was born and where it still continues to produce today.
Inside the Museum every year the public from all over the world can admire the Piaggio production made over the years, all the Vespa and Ape models, all the Aprilia, Gilera and Moto Guzzi motorcycles that have won national and international awards over time.
For this recording I brought all my equipment both analog (Ampex ATR 102 Electronic Tube Ampex Model 351-1965, 2 tracks, 1/2 inch, 30ips modified by David Manley) and digital (Pyramix Recorder, dCS A / D and D / A converters).
As for the microphones I used my original collection of Neumann U47, U48, M49 in addition to the microphone preamp and Signoricci cables.
We use pairs of Neumann tube microphones from the years 1947 and 1949 (U47, U48 and M49) with a very natural tone using field effect bi-microphone techniques.
These microphones have an important history: they are in fact the original microphones used to record, among others, the Beatles performances in the Abbey Road Studio and by RCA for the “Living Stereo” recordings.
The sound I can capture with these legendary microphones is perfectly in line with my sonic taste.
No other microphone has such a true timbre and the ability to engrave all the nuances of sound and all the richness of the harmonics.
The uniqueness of these microphones is linked to their ability to make a perfect "sound photograph" and to put the music perfectly placed in the sound space chosen for the recording.
This is because for each recording I have always made two Masters: an analog master for vinyls and a DSD digital master for SuperAudioCDs.
The Master has been implemented with Ampex ATR 102 (Electronic Tube Ampex Model 351-1965), 2 tracks, 1/2 inch, 30ips. modified by David Manley.
The mastering for Vinyl was made by Giulio Cesare Ricci using Signoricci's analog and valve system.
A state-of-the-art system with no sound manipulation, no equalization, no reverb, no compression and expansion ... but natural sound and true timbre to best enhance the acoustics of the Auditorium of the Piaggio Museum.
fonè has been offering for almost 40 years recordings made in the name of technological refinement and aimed at recovering the original musical atmospheres.
Also for this recording I used a "field effect" recording technique ... all this to make the listener relive the live effect in his home hifi system as if he had been present at the performance.
The protagonists of this album are Julian Mazzariello piano, Enzo Pietropaoli double- bass.
These two great jazzmen have played and recorded many records together, but it is the first time that they have come together as a duo.
Honestly, it is simplistic to call them a duo because in each piece they interpreted they seemed to be a single instrument.
The artists alternated pieces from the international repertoire; to underline Easy to love (Cole Porter) I Loves you porgy (George Gershwin) and two songs by Mazzariello and Pietropaoli themselves.
Their interpretation and the dialogue that each time "intertwined" between the two instruments was truly magical, a total timbre, musical and interpretative fusion .... a masterpiece!
The natural sound fonè has fully exploited all the sounds of the two instruments
An album not to be missed!
giulio cesare ricci
A1 Never let me go J. Livingston - R. Evans 5’20”
A2 You’ve changed C. Fischer - B. Carey 5’34”
A3 Easy to love C. Porter 4’44”
A4 All blues M. Davis 5’58”
B1 Dream cycling J. Mazzariello 6’18”
B2 Turnaround O. Coleman 4’59”
B3 Smooth and blue E. Pietropaoli 6’37”
B4 I loves you porgy G. Gershwin 5’22”
Julian Mazzariello piano
Enzo Pietropaoli double-bass
Artist: Julian Mazzariello, Enzo Pietropaoli
Media: 1x 180g LP Vinyl Stereo 33rpm, Limited to 496, Japan pressing, Transparent. Tube Processed Analog Master, Natural Sound Recording, Pure Analogue Recording, Pure Analogue Cutting, Virgin Vinyl, One-Stage Pressing.
Label: Fonè Records
Released: 2023 in Japan