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Moving

by Danilo Madonia

An intriguing project quite adventurous in its own way, closer to soundtrack music with jazzy flavour and electronic contamination, than classic improvised jazz. A very pleasing, thoroughly musical solo debut.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. A Week in Lelant
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2. Within Twelve
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3. Momi's Waltz
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4. Alla Finestra
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5. Joe's People
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6. Fulham Road
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7. Pomeriggio
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8. What about you
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9. Distratto
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10. Where Are We Going
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11. Bochinche
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12. Nell'Acqua
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MOVING is Danilo's first and personal aptly-titled CD: thirteen songs about his life-changing experience in England and the conclusion to move back to Italy, all written during a break from his usual non-stop working schedule where he decided to give himself a sort of high priority and leave the job behind for a while.
With the invaluable collaboration on drums of great musicians like Elio Rivagli and Andrè Ceccarelli, MOVING reveals a totally different direction from his highly-extimated past works, the start of a new road perhaps.

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Danilo Madonia was born in Genova, Italy to wonderful and proud parents. He excelled in his piano studies at the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. As a musician Danilo enjoyed a successful touring and recording career in Italy for more than 20 years, working with some of the most famous Italian artists (Ron, Renato Zero, Francesco DeGregori, Fiorella Mannoia, Anna Oxa, Eros Ramazzotti, Double You, Eugenio Finardi, etc). This enabled him to expand his knowledge of keyboards, programming and sound design.

After a period of further study, Danilo applied these skills to projects requiring both scoring and arranging. Coupled with an innate and extensive understanding of technology, he extended his portfolio of work to include mixing, sound engineering and producing.

In 1997 Danilo started a collaboration with well-known pop-rock British band "The Moody Blues" as a keyboard player, arranger, mix and mastering engineer. Since then 'The Moodies' have produced two studio albums, two live 5.1 DVDs and live CDs. For his essential contributions, Danilo has been credited as "unofficial member and producer" (All Music Guide).

In an interview in Music Connection Magazine's October 10th, 1999 issue, Justin Hayward, The Moodies' songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist said, "Madonia's contributions had more of an impact on our music than any of The Moodies' previous keyboardists".


Reviews of Moodies' records where Danilo collaborated as musician, arranger and engineer:

"Strange Times", the group's most consistent album since "Long Distance Voyager", emphasizes strong melodies and lush arrangements, showing the Moody Blues to be ultimately, finally, content with their identity - Ian McGrath, Barnes & Noble

"December" is an album about the spirit of Christmas but it sounds more like another chapter in the Moody Blues' legend .... it's beautifully orchestrated and produced .... as the latest Moody Blues album (...) it's unlike anything else out there - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Lovely To See You - Live at Greek Theatre" ... the audio quality is exceptionally good as well, and the annotation is reasonably thorough, right down to identifying every instrument used by the musicians, including their amplifiers - Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

"Hall of Fame - Live at Royal Alber Hall", The sound is very good, also a major surprise given that Royal Albert Hall, where it was recorded, is notorious as a poor venue for rock concerts - Bruce Eder, All Music Guide .... It's a good-looking DVD and one that sounds superb - James Anthony, WebWombat


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Nancy Jussen

One man CAN do it all and brilliantly!
Is one man really capable of making such a brilliant CD all by himself? Okay, maybe with just a little help from his friends, but to quote the liner notes: “Composed, performed, engineered and produced by Danilo Madonia” and that truly says it all. This man has put his heart and soul into every song, being in the limelight for a change (where he belongs!) using all of his outstanding talents and it comes together beautifully. Exquisite, excellent, exciting and exhilarating with Danilo’s wealth of experience showing as he brings us what he has given to so many artists he has worked with, expressing his own thoughts now through his music in exuberant and expressive jazz that will sometimes gently ask you to follow and other times, dare you to dance! What more could I have expected from someone like Danilo? Nothing, because he gives us his all and has the time of his life doing so!

Mario Calandrelli

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HY DANILO, A REALLY GREAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!! I will get it!!!

lingua fabio

A really fine musician into the Mays / Metheny wawes
Danilo is a longtime friends and I hear with pleasure and surprise this wonderful work of him .Really fine composed , played and arranged pieces with one eye to Mays /Metheny way of thinking music. A strong recommendation for any serious music lover , jazz or fusion you will be turned on ...

Alessandro Amato

Amazing album, wonderful songs, perfect companion for good food and wine!
What an amazing album !
Full of atmosphere, relaxing and refreshing at the same time, it surely is a twist on the soft jazz approach.
Having lived for some time in London, I've also been captured by the way these songs relate to known places.
So my favourite happens to be Fulham Road, but I must admit that this is a kind of album that has to be listened as a whole, from beginning to the end.
Thanks Danilo for this wonderful and unforgettable album. Recommended to anybody who enjoys jazz, good music, food and wine.

Jeff Hunter

Dan's The Man!
Congratulations to Danilo on an album of exquisite 'soundscapes' and great sonic quality, I am very impressed. Having been a sound engineer for most of my working life, I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of over-engineering a body of work. This is definitely not the case here and 'Moving' is a superb production, proving that very often, less is more and what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in. Of course, it helps a bit when the tunes are great and the playing is faultless!

You have pulled it off - big style.

Les Quindipan

Inspired
Jazz/fusion with a modern edge, "Moving" takes you on a musical journey that transcends genre. The compositions are beautifully crafted and orchestrated, the performances are polished, and the production is masterful. It all comes together and pours out. This is clearly an inspired effort by Danilo Madonia. Buy this CD, and listen and feel with your undivided attention!

Paul Wilson (Songwriter/RecordProducer)

Totally beautiful and entrancing work. One word... Superb!!!
Danilo has been a good friend for many years but even I was totally suprised by the magic he has created on this CD. Each track created a new picture in your head. The quality of the musicianship is fantastic and the fusion of modern musican techniques with more traditional Jazz in as good as it gets. The album generally has a simular vibe to Miles Davies' TuTu. Most tracks invite a summer feeling but my favourite is 'Fulham Road' as I can relate totally to the musical imagery Danilo is trying to create. One word... Superb!

Gloria Shiraef (rainbow glo)

The interplay between the artist and himself is brilliant!
Moving is clearly a delight to the senses for me. The interplay between the artist and himself is brilliant, filling the spaces he leaves for himself within a composition with what sounds like a number of musicians precisely attuned to one another, a feat that can only be realized by a single mind producing most or all the elements. I am impressed with Danilo's ability to create a story line using instrumentation. He so easily manipulates the music to convey a particular emotion or to hint at a thought. He has been away from his home, picking a different life and way for an extended time, and has now returned. Moving gives us glimpses of his journey as well as the old and familiar comforts he returns to. At the end he reflects: glad of the journey, but more complete and content in his own place. I highly regard this lovely CD; it takes you where Danilo has been, and then brings you back in delicious peace.

George Harris

It works!
A friend, a bottle of cabernet, a cd called moving, makes great ingredients for a wonderful evening

George Harris

It works!
A friend, a bottle of cabernet, a cd called moving, makes great ingredients for a wonderful evening
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