On October 13 2009 I had the honor and privilege to meet and play with piano player Fabrizio Puglisi. I had heard about him since I moved back from NY and had been wanting to meet him for the longest time. Once again it happened at our music temple, Elefante Rosso in Mestre right outside of Venice. Fabrizio is originally from Sicily living in Bologna since the late 80's where he co-founded the music collective Bassesfere for the development of improvised and creative music. His work expands on an extended area of styles but the focus remains that of creativity and freedom. His collaborations include some of the most important names of avant-garde jazz like John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Louis Sclavis, Lester Bowie, Don Moye, George Russell, David Murray, Butch Morris, Hamid Drake. He also spent a considerable amount of time in Amsterdam, where the free jazz scene is quite popular, playing with the likes of Tristan Honsinger, Han Bennink, Ernst Glerum, Ab Baars, Sean Bergin, Ernst Reijseger, Tobias Delius.
I was very impressed by the well-roundness of this artist, who can play all sort of styles, from afro-cuban and be bop jazz to contemporary classical music, mainting the same individual sound. On bass my good friend Alvise Seggi, another member of Upperground Orchestra, an electro-jazz band we are both part of with producer Rabih Beaini, owner of Elefante Rosso. The set included some original tunes by Fabrizio and myself alternated to some free style improvisations. It all flowed very naturally as if we had been playing together for years. The whole session was recorded and I'm soon going to make it available for download.
Here's the link to the Jazzos page with some of Fabrizio's recordings.