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Rock 03:57
Ladro 03:42
Things Now 03:41


Giovanni Cigui’s “Rock” is a personal songbook
filled with tributes and essential lines
Italian sax player debuts on Auand Records with Nicolò Ricci (tenor sax), Mauro Cottone (double bass) and Giacomo Camilletti (drums)

Filled with essential and ready-to-sing lines, Italian sax player Giovanni Cigui’s debut album “Rock” will be out on October 16th for Auand Records. His band features Nicolò Ricci on tenor sax, Mauro Cottone on double bass and Giacomo Camilletti on drums, plus trumpet player Alistair Payne on several tracks.

«I consider it as my personal songbook, – Cigui says – because it includes melodies I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I believe it accurately represents my music taste at that time: artists, tracks and sounds that influenced me.» Ranging from Nick Drake (“Things Now”) to Charles Mingus (“The way you say I think you think”) and Lee Konitz (“Gio's friends”), references and tributes abound. On the other hand, the general approach focuses on what is essential. With a great deal of improvisation balancing straightforward melodies, and with the intentional lack of a harmonic instrument, the two saxes «gain more relevance – the leader adds – and a new role in the harmonic fabric of each tune. This is why I wanted Nicolò Ricci on tenor sax: he’s a tremendous, passionate soloist, with a very personal style, and at the same time sensitive, respectful of spaces and silences. Mauro Cottone’s approach sounded immediately perfect for my music. Everything he does is always validated by a melodic intention, which is not so obvious. Giacomo Camilletti has a rare sense of swing, he always plays with plenty of zeal, taking risks while still using traditional comping patterns, which perfectly sums my idea for this album.»

In several tracks, the band is joined by Scottish-born, Amsterdam-based trumpet player Alistair Payne: «Such an eclectic musician – as Cigui defines him – extremely flexible and super active in the mainstream, contemporary and free scenes in Amsterdam. He’s an experimenter, as his solos show: even when he doesn’t get far from tradition, it’s easy to find his sense for research, which shapes his image as an artist. His sound perfectly blends with both saxes, strongly supporting the harmony.»

“Rock” was recorded (entirely on tape) through two studio sessions in The Netherlands. But the actual idea of turning a session into an album came only with the track “Hackney Fields”: a tune so spontaneous and effective that convinced everyone of the project potential. «It’s just a four-bar tune, with a steady bass line that repeats over and over like a mantra, plus a few chords and a relaxed melody, harmonized by both saxes. It develops into a collective impro: the saxes become more and more vibrant and fire up the entire track. We used the same approach in every track. We wanted to allow enough room for themes and lines, while also creating a sort of distillation, concentrating the creative energy in just a few minutes in each track.»


released October 16, 2020

Giovanni Cigui - alto sax
Nicolo' Ricci - tenor sax
Mauro Cottone - double bass
Giacomo Camilletti - drums
special guest
Alistayr Payne - trumpet on #2,6,9,11

Recorded at P. Stewart Audio - The Hague - The Netherlands
on October 1, 2018, March 19-20, 2019
by Pat Stewart - P Stewart Audio assisted
by Weronika Wrzosek & Lim Moon - Young
produced by Giovanni Cigui
executive producer Marco Valente
cover photo by Andrés Alafita


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Auand Records is an Italian independent label dedicated to genre-defying music, providing a home for artists who push the boundaries of improvised music.

Founded in 2001 by Marco Valente, it has quickly become a seal of warranty for the next big artists who shape the sound of the future, often introducing their music to an international audience.
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