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.
As a pianist, Giovanni Ceccarelli has recorded eleven albums under his own name and forty albums as a sideman, performing all over the world with such great artists as Benny Golson, Ivan Lins, 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 and recorded by numerous artists on the international scene.
As an arranger, he has contributed to recording productions by his own group InventaRio, established jazz soloists and groups, 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 30 years of experience, teaching music all over the world through clinics, workshops, and steady courses, among others giving a lecture at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA.
Photo credits: Philippe Marchin.