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Genovese, Leo / John Lockwood / Nat Mugavero: The Art Of Not Playing (577 Records)

Quite a bit of insightful collective playing actually, from the trio of New York-based Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Nat Mugavero, in seven untitled studio improvisations that explore open approaches to their conversations through unhurried, masterful, expressive and explorative playing with an upbeat attitude.
 

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Leo Genovese-piano

John Lockwood-contrabass

Nat Mugavero-drums


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Includes an 8-page foldout booklet with text by Marcelo Toledo and by Dan Jachym

UPC: 755491291603

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5932
Squidco Product Code: 34404

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Bacque Recordings, Connecticut, on April 21st, 2021 by Luis Bacque.

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"Master pianist, New York-based, originally from Argentina, Leo Genovese, recently won a grammy for 'Best Improvised Jazz Solo' - an award considered by many as 'mainstream'. Rather than blocking his innovative path, this well deserved recognition from 'the establishment' has rather seemingly encouraged him further in his explorations of creative music.

Genovese's debut album The Art of Not Playing with fellow musicians John Lockwood on bass and drummer Nat Mugavero proves it. The trio celebrates the practice of disappearing during the process of creating. Trusting the 'I don't know part of the music' or better, not being in control of the so-called music that is created and the beauty that ensues when the musicians allow themselves to be guided by the muse or whatever you might call the higher power that takes over when they let it.

These individuals come together to explore what else besides music can be done with musical instruments. Can artists play the "I don't know"? Can they let go of the rules of music and play by 'not playing' their instruments? Are they capable of listening beyond what the group is playing in that specific moment? If we could remove elements of music, what could we end up with? The result is a doorway to the unknown: in this album Leo Genovese, John Lockwood, and Nat Mugavero bring into being an atmosphere evocative of a Michelangelo Antonioni film in its richness, where shadows and mist surround our dreams, fears, and freedom."-577 Records


Includes an 8-page foldout booklet with text by Marcelo Toledo and by Dan Jachym

Artist Biographies

"Leonardo Genovese was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1979. After some years of studying classical piano at the National University of Rosario as well as private lessons in contemporary music, he moved to Boston in 2001. He started his career at Berklee College of Music where he studied with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen and Frank Carlberg, among others. Leo graduated as a Professional Music Major in 2003 and has been constantly performing and recording with talented musicians such us Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, George Garzone, Francisco Mela, Joe Lovano, Bob Gulloti, Phil Grenadier, Dave Santoro, Chris Cheek, Michael Janisch and Ben Monder. In 2004, he released his first solo album entitled Haikus II signed by Spanish label Fresh Sound Records. He also performs regularly with the Esperanza Spalding Group, the Mike Tucker Quartet, Planet Safety (w/Bob Gullotti and Dave Zinno), Wayne Shorter Group and Jack Dejohnette.

When he's not touring with Spalding, Genovese - who is currently based in New York - also plays with a loosely assembled group called the Chromatic Gauchos, whose core membership includes Bob Gulloti, Dan Blake and John Lockwood. This threesome, along with Spalding and percussionist Sergio Miranda, appears prominently on Seeds. While Genovese is still early on his career arc, he hopes that his music could eventually be more than just a source of entertainment, but also a force for change in a world that is troubled by economic, social and political challenges. "I would like it to go somewhere positive, somewhere helpful," he says. "I would like for people to really gain something worthwhile from it. There are so many people around the word in need. Most of us never realize it, because most of us have the basic necessities and much more. But some people - many people - have very little."

He adds: "I want to make people more aware of the many different circumstances - and sometimes difficult circumstances - that other people face every day. A lot of it has to do with having the right intention. Music is a lot like people in that way. If it comes from a good place, it's more likely to bear good fruit." "

-Whirlwind Recordings (https://www.whirlwindrecordings.com/%E2%80%8Bleo-genovese/)
5/23/2024

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John Lockwood is an American jazz bassist. He is known for the groups: Bevan Manson Trio, Billy Pierce Quartet, Brian Landrus Quartet, Copperhead Trio, David White Quintet, David White Trio, Felipe Salles Quintet, George Garzone Quartet, Greg Abate Quartet, Gregg Bendian's Trio Pianissimo, James Williams & ICU, Joe Maneri Quartet, Jon Hazilla Trio, Matthias Lupri Quartet, Nick Brignola Quartet, Stefan Scaggiari Trio, The Fringe, The John Stein Trio, The Keith Yaun Quintet, The Mingotan Project, The Pamela Hines Trio, The Remembering The Future Jazz Band, The Tim Ray Trio, Thomas Walbum Trio, Tom Thorndike Trio.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/542771-John-Lockwood)
5/23/2024

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Nat Mugavero is a Boston jazz drummer, known for the groups Bob Nieske 3, Bob Nieske's Wolf Soup, and Freedom of Assembly. He also has his own quartet with Dan Blake (saxophone), Leo Genovese (piano); John Lockwood (bass).

-Squidco 5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Untitled 2:16

2. Untitled 4:27

3. Untitled 6:16

4. Untitled 5:30

5. Untitled 8:20

6. Untitled 19:37

7. Untitled 3:58

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