Francesco Crosara

Circular Motion

OA2 22222

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A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.
DownBeat

From a lifetime of music creation, Seattle-based Italian pianist and composer Francesco Crosara selected 10 of his compositions from the last 40 years with the idea of highlighting the nexus between early work, with its simplicity and youthful appeal, to later works where he expressed richer harmonic textures and possibilities. Always close by are the influences from his early mentoring in Rome from Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, through his move to the US and the program at USC. Three different rhythm sections bring his music to life, each adding varied sonic textures and rhythmic vitality to the whole. Bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester swing and float; the vibrant grooves of electric bassist Farko Dosumov and drummer D'Vonne Lewis lend a modern momentum; and the youthful eclecticism of bassist Osama Afifi and drummer Xavier Lecouturier adds yet another dimension.

"The kind of sensitive swing seldom heard since Bill Evans...precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic daring."
JazzTimes

"Crosara's compositions provide a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing...distilling a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities."
Earshot Jazz


Track Listing:

1 Preludio Flamenco 6:01
2 Longing 6:24
3 Julia's Tango 6:53
4 Gymnopédie No. 4 8:07
5 Circular Motion 6:32
6 Kurama 9:48
7 Passion 8:08
8 Maktoub 7:48
9 One Day Honey One Day Onions 6:22
10 Sarava 6:14

Compositions by Francesco Crosara / Ecila Music, BMI

Performers:

Francesco Crosara - acoustic piano, synthesizer (3,9,10)
Clipper Anderson - acoustic bass (2,4,5,8)
Mark Ivester - drums (2,4,5,8)
Farko Dosumov - electric bass (1,3,7,9)
D'Vonne Lewis - drums (1,3,7,9)
Osama Afifi - electric bass (6,10)
Xavier Lecouturier - drums (6,10)

Production Info:

Produced by Francesco Crosara
Executive Producer: Francesco Crosara
Recorded & mixed by David Lange
Assistant Engineer: Benjamin Lange
at David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
January 17 & 18, 2022
Mastered by Ross Nyberg
at Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah, WA
Liner notes by David R. Adler
Band photos by Francesco Crosara
Artist photo by Julia Crosara
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Circular Motion

Paris Move (Thierry De Clemensat)
If you love the piano, you're in for a treat! Indeed, according to DownBeat, ‘An Italian-born pianist, Crosara is well-versed in the tradition of bop, and his delicate flow could suggest a debt to Bill Evans.' For Jazz Times, ‘… precious insights into his fertile imagination and harmonic boldness.' And for Bayou Blue Radio, an exceptional alb ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Playing piano and synthesizer, Francesco Crosara mixes and matches trios with bassists Clipper Anderson/Farko Dosumov and Osama Afifi with drummers Mark Ivester/D'Vonne Lewis and Xavier Lecouturier respectively on this album of originals. On keyboards, there's a Stevie Wonder meets Weather Report feel to "One Day Honey One Day Onions" and the de ...









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