Release: May 13, 2023
For at least 4,000 years, lullabies have existed in one form or another as a way to soothe, cajole or (a long time ago) even threaten a child to sleep. Lullabies From An Unknown Time, takes this concept of thoughtful, reflective songs from across the ages and transforms them into a sparkling collection of new music.
There’s no Twinkle, Twinkle here though; Italian pianist Lorenzo De Finti’s through-composed originals mix with wisps of Stravinsky, a Venezuelan folk song and Chick Corea’s Crystal Silence.
The project reunites the pianist (himself with three children) with Norwegian record label Losen Records and features long-time friend and renowned trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso.
Italy and Scandinvia may not be common bedfellows in the world of music, but something makes sense about the Italians signing with a Norwegian record label for this release, whose chamber-jazz sensitivity and brooding soundscapes is not a million miles away from that famous ECM sound.
Lorenzo De Finti (perhaps unsurprisingly) started out as a classical musician & composer, before diving into the world of jazz in the 1990s; first at America’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then out on the road with artists diverse as The Harlem Gospel Choir, Ziggy Marley, Alex Acuna and long-standing collaborator Eric Marienthal. His quartet has recently become one of the more interesting new jazz acts in the European scene, especially after the world tour following the release of their 3rd album “Mysterium Lunae”.
Featured trumpet player Fabrizio Bosso has been a mainstay on the international jazz scene since graduating from the Turin conservatory of music as a 15-year old prodigy. He’s performed an incredible range of projects – from big band and straight ahead jazz to pop, bossa and avant garde – not to mention his own releases on Universal Records’ legendary Blue Note imprint. The overarching theme of his career, though, is an openness to new ideas.
Lullabies From An Unknown Time brings a set of music full of restraint, poignancy and sensitivity.
Lorenzo DeFinti Piano
Fabrizio Bosso Trumpet
Will You Still Be There
Close (as two stars)
This Unknown Heart of Mine
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