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 more than forty albums and performed all over the world with such great artists as Benny Golson, 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 have written lyrics.
As an arranger, he has contributed to recording productions by his own group InventaRio, as well as jazz vocalist Ada Montellanico and international project Animantiga.
As an artistic producer, he has released the CD “InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins”, which was nominated 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.
Photo credits: Philippe Marchin, 2011.