Why a tribute to Michael Brecker with an Accordion?
Simone Zanchini - accordion, electronics
John Patitucci - bass
Adam Nussbaum - drums
Stefano Bedetti - sax
Ratko Zjaca - guitar
For two main reasons: first because I love contemporary refined jazz and I consider Brecker one of its greatest exponents, and then because, at least to my knowledge, no accordionist has ever done a tribute to Michael Brecker. From the very beginning I struggle to liberate my instrument from the stylistic influence that I call "tanghite“ (tango-mania). I always struggle to be gripped by a musician who plays the accordion and not just an accordionist: two different things to my ears! This is the reason for the choice of a tribute to Michael Brecker, an artist who has made the modern language and the search for a harmoni-cally complex phrasing his musical philosophy. And then, to give further identity to the music, I wanted to engage a rhythm section that had played the stages of the world with this great artist, sharing his music and life experiences and contributing to the evolution of the modern jazz language. This is the reason for the choice of the great musicians John Patitucci and Adam Nussbaum. Adam, a longtime collaborator with Brecker from the first band in 1987, took part in many important albums like "Don’t Try This At Home“, "Now You See It" and others. The same for John, who also played on Michael‘s last two recordings: "Wide Angles“ and "Pilgrimage“. I wish to clarify, finally, that this is not a tribute to Michael Brecker in a philological sense, because the project is composed of only original compositions, often heavily contaminated by languages from other musical worlds such as free-jazz, contemporary classical music and a certain type of rock; in an attempt to keep alive musical freshness and a desire for inno-vation.