The first record we've heard in years from Italian pianist MarioRusca – and a set that really lives up to the strength of all of his classic material from back in the day! The album's a beautifully recorded set – done in mono, which seems to bring an even richer quality to the sound of the piano in the hands of Rusca – deep, round tones that ring out beautifully in a set that's heavy on original compositions – and which features work from Riccardo Fioravanti on bass and Tony Arco on drums. The spirit of the record is like one of those lost Italian jazz treasures from the 60s – the kind of record would normally change hands for hundreds of dollars – and the double-length set is overflowing with gems – on titles that include "Monocrhome Blues", "Double Horn", "Tempo Blues", "Blue Dream", and versions of "Infant Eyes", "Blues For Gwen", "Blues Walk", "Blue Minor", "Rachid", and "Bass Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Reaction ... CD Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist MarioRusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by Stefano Cerri, son of guitarist Franco) really makes things move in a groovy way – kind of stepping and soulful at points, and warmly rounded at others – and still always given a nice sort of crackle from Mario's work on the piano, and the percussion of Gianni Cazzola. The album was only ever issued in a small limited pressing back in the mid 70s – and is a great re-discovery from this key Italian pianist of the time. Titles include "First Trip", "Straight No Chaser", "Blue & Green", "Reaction", and "Waltz For Debbie". CD