LABEL: A.MA Records, Italy
FORMAT: CD / AMC 018
ARTIST: Enrico Le Noci
TITLE: Social Music
Enrico Le Noci (guitar)
Gadi Lehavi (piano)
Giulio Scianatico (double bass)
Andrea Niccolai (drums)
Felix Rossy (trumpet)
Recorded at A.MA Records Studio January 2019
“Social Music”, the debut release from young Italian guitarist Enrico Le Noci, is in many ways a breath of fresh air. His music leans affectionately back to the jazz traditions served up from a bygone Blue Note era, whilst incorporating a fresh contemporary European feel that embodies a youthful joy of expression. The vibe is cool, the writing is mature, and the performances on this recording are exemplary…..Eight tunes feature on this session, each of them embodying the core principles of what this band are all about; intelligent hooks, to-die-for riffs, and beautifully executed musicianship. There’s an equality and equanimity to the whole thing, with all five musicians shining in equal measure, not just the band-leader. And that’s one of the reasons this album works so well, with Le Noci allowing everyone to contribute and feel a part of a unified collective, which very much benefits the overall recording….
All in all, “Social Music” is a very enjoyable adventure. The writing is excellent, the performances warm, intuitive and intelligent, and the production levels of a very high standard. I’d highly recommend it, and on the evidence of what I’ve heard on this recording, I would say that Enrico Le Noci has a very bright future ahead of him.
“I’ve heard it all before, but not quite like that!” That’s what came to mind when I listened to the title cut off “Social Music.”
When I do a piece on a CD or artist, I often get press kits with musicians’ backgrounds – who they played with in the past, the standard bios, etc.
The reason I will decide to review a CD is that the music speaks for itself. The flowery verbiage and name dropping in a press kit have nothing to do with my decision. It’s because, in an ocean of mundane, ‘trendy’ music, it stands out, and I want to hear more.
When I saw the title, “Social Music,” I figured it the was same old contemporary stuff that gets passed off for Jazz. However, when I listened to the title cut, “Social Music,” after the first few bars, it was evident the musicians had a solid foundation that only comes from listening to and absorbing their predecessors work.
The personnel on “Social Music” did their homework.
“Social Music” is musical alchemy at its best where the musicians incorporated, built upon different influences, came up with new material, and an interesting approach.
While many of the riffs are reminiscent of the 1950/60s Jazz musicians’ styles, the personnel on “Social Music” have distinctive styles on to themselves.
“Social Music” is a well-produced CD with a live studio feel, it never gets bogged down in long solos or self-indulgent, extended cuts, and the CD moves along like driving down a country road on a sunny spring day.
All in all, the musicians and producer came up with the right balance of varied material on the CD to maintain my interest throughout.
It will be interesting to see if these talented, young, musicians move on to more adventurous endeavors or stay in their comfort zone.
George C. Glasser – Jazz Syndacate Magazine