The "Caffe' Espresso - Made In Italy" project by the Italian guitarist Marco Vienna is a very original acoustic jazz CD. An instrumental rendition of 12 beatiful Italian songs (from the repertoire of Bruno Martino, Gorni Kramer, Fabio Concato, Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani and others) loosely played in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club De France, but with a more modern and "Mediterranean" mood. Although being an expert in all the swing related styles, including Gypsy of course, in this record Marco Vienna isn't trying to sound exactly like a "traditional" Gypsy Jazz guitarist, goin' on the usual licks and cliches often associated with this style but his goal is exploring new sounds and new repertoires. This CD, in spite of containing hot guitar and other instruments solos, is not made to impress other musicians but just to let you enjoy good music.
Swing, pompe Manouche, great Selmer guitar solos, but also a lot of different rhythms... gypsy-bossa, ballads, boleros... and many great different players... the leader Marco Vienna on acoustic and electric guitars and mandolin, Giordano Pietroni and Andrea Taravelli on bass, Stefano Nanni on accordion, Gaspare Tirincanti on clarinet, Angelo Adamo on chromatic harmonica, Stefano Serafini on trumpet, Alessandro Fariselli on sax, Federico Tassani on trombone, Luca Florian on misc. percussions, Luca Nanni on snare drum.
A completely original project, nearly one hour of surprising, melodic, sometime romantic but always very feel-good music and some very beatiful unknow tunes.
You won't find here another rendition of "Minor Swing" and "Nuages" but a set of hardly-ever-heard-before great songs played with Django and Gypsy/Swing/Jazz tinge.
Also available from Marco Vienna a "Chord Book + play-along rhythm tracks CD" for players willing to learn the songs contained in the CD (www.cdbaby.com/marcovienna2). All the musicians are warmly invited to include Italian songs in their repertoire!
"quelques phrases signee des grands, une touche de Romane par-ici, un clin d’oeil a’ Barney Kessel par la’, son jeu est sobre et musical"
Philippe «Doudou» Coulleries, www.lechodescuilleres.com
"aussi convaincant a la guitare electrique qu’a l’acoustique, Marco Vienna a du gout et du feeling ; son phrase’ est clair et swinguant et ses chorus enleves"
Francis Couvreux, www.etudestsiganes.com
"Marco Vienna dimostra di avere gusto e raffinatezza non solo nei soli, ma anche negli accompagnamenti"
Dino Plasmati, www.jazzitalia.net
Marco Vienna is very glad to quote the words Mary Hooncoop wrote him after listening the CD:
"I think your CD is fantastic! I have listened to it many times now and every time I think it’s better. The choice of songs and the great mixture of all instruments makes the CD a jewell. I hope you believe me when I say your CD will be in my top-20 for quite a while. CD’s like yours make me feel much better… thank you again for making such good music… I hope to see you play live someday (perhaps in Samois?)"
(Mary Hooncoop was the Rosenberg Trio Manager, The Netherlands, and passed away in 2004. She was one of the most important, respected and beloved person amongst the European Gypsy Jazz community, and her passing was a huge loss for everybody.)