Birthday //

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Poddighe Studio in Brescia
Recording date: 
Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • 1. Paintfall (03:32)
  • 2. Cheyenne (04:26)
  • 3. Ill Giorno (02:49)
  • 4. Sonar (01:16)
  • 5. Pavane (05:56)
  • 6. Birthday (02:54)
  • 7. Santachiara (02:35)
  • 8. Timeline (01:29)
  • 9. Collider (04:12)
  • 10. Two-part chorale (05:36)

Emanuele Maniscalco – piano
Tomo Jacobson – double bass
Oliver Laumann – drums

IL SOGNO is about storytelling, freedom and intuition. The Polish-Danish-Italian trio uses melodic, minimal compositions as a motor for elevated and focused collective improvisations. With its lyrical uniqueness, their music floats on the borders between genres, landing somewhere between jazz, motion picture soundtrack, experimental and minimalism. Italian opera and the Polish romantic piano heritage, as well as the Danish wise interpretation of the African-American culture play a decisive role in the background, combining a mature, personal sound with deep emotional content

Recommended New Release
(Laurence Donohue-Greene - The New York City Jazz Record, August 2018 - issue #196 - USA)

"IL SOGNO might be the proof that evolution in jazz is unstoppable. (...) IL SOGNO creates in 3:33, the same atmosphere the Australian band The Necks builds in an hour long set."
4/5 stars
(Mark Corroto - All About Jazz - USA)

“This is an extraordinary debut album, full of great music and excellent performances.”
(Adam Baruch - The Soundtrack of My Life - Israel/Poland)

"Great record by three remarkable musicians, courageous in their research and able to take the most appropriate expressions out of their respective instruments."
(Neri Pollastri - All About Jazz - Italy)

“The original pieces cutting a fine line, evenly balanced.”
(Tom Hull - on the Web - retired Village Voice writer and Jazz Consumer Guide creator - USA)

“This isn’t your usual Piano Trio – prepare yourself for a surprise. Brilliant debut.”
(Greg Drygała - HiFiCritic Vol 12 No 3 - UK)

“«Birthday» lasts only 35 minutes but its episodic compositions and collective improvisations sketch a nuanced, detailed story, or even a web of stories, that can be read as a comment on the state of jazz nowadays. Jazz as an open, inclusive and curious genre. And an effective, even if somehow abstract channel of articulating emotions.”
(Eyal Hareuveni - Salt Peanuts - Israel/Norway)

“Echoes of minimal music next to avant-jazz colors, with the freshness and shamelessness of who is not afraid to risk, with that healthy and fundamental recklessness [...] which jazz should still show.”
(Nicola Barin - Jazz Convention - Italy)

"This is a very fine trio and it's worth tracking down."
(One Man's Jazz - Taint Radio - Canada)

“The melodies possess a hypnotic appeal and we found ourselves drawn back to them. (...) Unexpected pleasures are often the most enjoyable and Birthday by Il Sogno turned out to be just such a surprise.”
(David Keffer - Poison Pie Publishing House - USA)

"Fabulerende og minimalistiske forløb, der giver alsidig oplevelse og stimulerer nysgerrigheden."
4/6 stars
(Kjeld Frandsen - Berlingske Tidende - Denmark)

"Birthday er intet mindre end en anbefalelsesværdig trioperle, til den åbne og nysgerrige jazzlytter."
(Niels Overgård - JazzNyt - Denmark)

'Tune of the day' : Feb 22, 2018
(Dave Foxal - a Jazz Noise - USA)

“Non posso che tesserne le lodi per la sua bellezza e la sua intensità.”
(Alessandro Nobis - ildiapasonblog - Italy)

“Trio jest strukturalnie niezwykle demokratyczne, poziom synergii wysoki, a kooperacja nienaganna.”
(Andrzej Nowak - Spontaneus Music Tribune - Poland)

"Pure revelation."
(Maciej Lewenstein - Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond - Poland)