STELLA RECORDINGS SR04CD-DL
Out on June 2016 on Stella Recordings on CD and all digital platforms.
All music written and played on guitar by Francesco Morittu
Produced by Stefano Guzzetti for Stella recordings.
Watercolours by Antonia Iaccarino
In 'Nautilus' narration is the common path that crosses all the music. Every track hides a little story, whose delevopment takes the distance from its written aspect and totally trusts the improvised inventiveness of the performer. This way, in the open space of improvisation, there takes place an ancient challenge: to combine again the elements and to include new ones, paying attention to enrich and not to weaken the narrative effectiveness. Other times, like in 'Buono dopo il caffè' or 'Compagni di viaggio', the delicate expressive shell of the track suggests the absence of furher changes, and looks for shelter in the stillness of a quiet conclusion.
DUETS OF A FOOL (2016)
"Suite No. 2" - S. Dessanay , double bass - F. Morittu, guitar
If it is possibile to tell a story made of artistic stages, relationships and reference points through an album, then this is very evident in Duets Of A Fool, the new album by double bassist Sebastiano Dessanay, released by SLAM Productions label, the UK based label with which he has already released two other works. The eleven tracks are duets swinging between improvisation and composition, which explore, remember, celebrate and throw new ideas for the future. Recurring phrases, circular elements and great musicality permeate this album: "The duets are intentionally short", says the Sardinian Birmingham-based double bassist, "Although completely improvised, they tend to a form and to the recall of musical elements typical of written music".
All the ten artists that converse with him, one for each track, have been part of his artistic career. A conversation within himself is added: the two fools of the opening track are just two self-deprecating facets of the bassist, as in a monologue at the mirror. The artists featured in the album range from new generation talents such as the Italian trumpeter Fulvio Sigurtà to established names of the British free jazz scene such as Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders. There are several artists from Sardinia, where Dessanay started as a bass player: pianist Sebastiano Meloni, who uses improvisation as his main artistic device, classical-contemporary guitar player Francesco Morittu and jazz pianist Augusto Pirodda, who recorded with Paul Motian e Gary Peacock. And the UK-based artists that have collaborated with Dessanay in the past few years: Scottish sax player Rachael Cohen, London Sinfonietta oboist Melinda Maxwell and clarinetist and songwriter Jack McNeill.