Giovanni Ceccarelli’s playing is impeccable, reminding me of the legendary late Hank Jones where every note seems to be thought out with great care. He’s not just playing correct notes of the ever-changing and moving chords defining a tune, but offers up creative, heartfelt expressions that seem to tell a story coming from inner feelings initiated by the music itself.
Extract from the liner notes to Giovanni Ceccarelli’s CD “Daydreamin'”, written by Benny Golson.
As a pianist, Giovanni Ceccarelli has recorded eleven albums as a leader or co-leader, and about forty albums as a sideman, performing all over the world with such great artists as Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Tony Scott, Paolo Fresu, Massimo Urbani, and Enrico Rava.
As a composer, he has co-signed music with the great Lee Konitz, to his compositions such artists as David Linx and Fausto Mesolella have written lyrics, his music has been performed or recorded by group InventaRio, Daniele di Bonaventura, and Ferruccio Spinetti among others.
As an arranger, he has contributed to recording productions by his own group InventaRio, as well as jazz vocalist Ada Montellanico, singer Francesco Giannelli, and international project Animantiga, arranging for small, large, and vocal ensembles.
As an artistic producer, he has released the album “InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins” featuring the great Brazilian composer and such artists as Chico Buarque, Maria Gadú, and Vinicius Cántuaria, obtaining a nomination for the 2014 “15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards” as “Best MPB Album”.
As an educator, he has 25 years of experience, teaching in Italy, France, USA, Syria, Lebanon, among others giving a lecture at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA, and publishing educational sheet music.
Photo credits: Philippe Marchin.