Globetrotter is the new recording project by Luca di Luzio as a guitarist and composer, produced and played by Jimmy Haslip.
Globetrotter is a journey in contemporary jazz where funk, blues, jazz and latin music come together on a musical common path. All the tracks are original and written by Luca di Luzio, a guitar player who studied different music styles to generate his personal music vision, based on two main characteristics: melody and groove. This is why he decided to have such a rythm section like Jimmy Haslip on bass for this recording project.
7 original tunes by Luca di Luzio and 2 jazz standards for a travel through jazz, funk and latin music together.
Luca di Luzio will be on tour from July 13th to 22nd in Italy and Europe with the following line up:
Luca di Luzio – guitar
Max Ionata – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Haslip – bass
Alessandro Altarocca – keyboards
Rodney Holmes – drums
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Globetrotter means the beginning of the cooperation between Luca and Jimmy Haslip, who is producing the album and that has some great musicians like Dave Weckl on drums, George Whitty on keyboards and Max Ionata on tenor saxophone and some guests like Alessandro Fariselli on tenor saxophone (on track n.3 Jazzlife)
This is what Luca di Luzio says about Globetrotter:
I have been playing music for 30 years and after so much time I have decided to tell you my music history through 7 original tunes and two traditional standards.
They are six stories, talking about different moments in my life, about people who have been close to me, and about people who unfortunately passed away.
It is not easy to talk about myself and to look in my deep feelings, but sometimes a musician needs to stop, to look back and leave a sign of the route so far.
The easiest way to do that for me is through melody, harmony and rhythm.
My travel mates in this project are Jimmy Haslip, as producer and bass player, Dave Weck on drums, George Whitty on keyboards and Max Ionata on Tenor saxophone.
1. Smile! One of the first tunes I wrote, here is presented in a new contemporary arrangement. Smile! Is the synthesis of my music language made mostly by simple melodies and groove . Max Ionata plays a wonderful solo on this tune.
2. Mr Brown: It’s dedicated to the guitarist Dean Brown, a musician who has given me a lot both musically and humanely. He guided me facing music challenges and he has always encouraged me to “raise up” the goals to reach.
3. Jazzlife: it is a tune that reflects a change in my life, the great choice of leaving my previous job and plunge into music world because just dunking your feet is not enough. After nearly 20 years spent working as consultant and businessman I decided to leave my job and dedicate myself only to music. I had to run very fast to make up for lost time, I had to concentrate myself avoiding any distractions that would have taken me away from my goals.
On this tune, my friend and buddy in many bands , Alessandro Fariselli, blows a great solo on his tenor Saxophone
4. Buena Suerte: It’s a ballad I wrote on a plane some years ago, flying to Boston to see my close friend Garrison Fewell. Buena Suerte is the hope for better future, for good luck , for people that, like me, never give up!
5. Elisir: two melodies chasing on a 6/8 feel. Two melodies that become a single melody in the bridge. I wrote this tune recently starting from a phrase taken from a Emily Remler’s solo. Transcribing influences constantly my way of writing music.
6. Sunshower: a Kenny Barron’s tune I used to play with Marco Tamburini. I like remembering Marco playing this song and I can always feel his tone in my heart when I play it
7. POP FLA: my passion for latin music and tradition, and swing together in a tune where George Whitty and Dave Weckl built an incredible harmonic and rhythm scenario. I wrote this tune in Florida a couple of years ago.
8. Naima: it is one of my favourite standards, I have been playing this for about 20 years. I have reharmonized the theme in chords and changed the original tone in order to use guitar open strings
S.I.S: the only solo guitar tune in the album: it is dedicated to my father. I played it for him a few months before he passed away in 2014. He was laying on the couch and I was playing some standard song for him. Then he asked me to play an “Italian song” and I improvised this melody that I named “Simple Italian Song”. My dad loved music and he always encouraged me to do my best in everything.
If you want to get S.I.S. bonus track please contact me through my official website or Facebook page Luca di Luzio Guitar Player.
LINER NOTES BY DEAN BROWN:
Jazz guitar. What does that mean these days? It started as a rhythm instrument and with the advent of the magnetic pickup transformed into an instrument that could morph saxophone, trumpet and piano solos. Then came the whammy bar, fuzz box , wha pedal, delay and a myriad of other effects that further stretched the limits of one’s creativity and voice on the instrument.
Luca di Luzio is a jazz guitarist, but what does that really mean? He took the conventional path of study via university and exposure to all the great traditional jazz guitarists. Armed with his beloved 7 string Benedetto arch top guitar, he pushed the limits of that instrument as evidenced in his recordings and performances to date.
But Luca wanted to do something different besides reimagining the tried and true jazz fake book, so he grabbed a solid body electric and began to write music that featured a more contemporary approach.
This project would require a versatile group of musicians who were comfortable with Latin, Funk, Swing, and world music. The first musician to sign on was the great bassist/producer, Jimmy Haslip, best known for his contributions to the iconic fusion group Yellowjackets as well as his work with Grammy winner, Jeff Lorber. So now with a world class producer and bassist on board it was time to get a drummer, but not just any drummer. Luca asked one of the greatest drummers in the world to participate and Dave Weckl said “yes!”. The great piano player/ producer/arranger, George Whitty (Brecker Bros., Herbie Hancock) was tapped to help with some of the arrangements and keyboard parts. Finally the group is rounded out by the lyrical beauty of one of Italy’s greatest saxophonists, Max Ionata.
But make no mistake here, the feature and responsibility on the record falls squarely on the shoulders of the guitarist. On this collection of 9 wonderfully different pieces, Luca shows us the many sides of his playing. It’s his beautiful tone and attack that serve as a beacon to lead us through all this well crafted music.
From the sultry latin tinged Pop Fla to the funky Mr. Brown to a beautiful pensive version of one of only two covers on the record, Naima, Luca with the help of this formidable band weaves a tapestry soulful, melodic diversity.
What is jazz guitar? This is jazz guitar. This is Luca di Luzio.