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Bon, Piero Bittolo & His Original Pigneto Stompers: Mucho Acustica (Long Song Records)

Young Italian artist Piero Bittolo Bon (saxophones) with his new band, the Original Pigneto Stompers (Massaron, Sorrentini, Scettri) and special guest Jamaaladeen Tacuma (electric bass) in a powerful improvised session.

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UPC: 8032089000185

Label: Long Song Records
Catalog ID: LSRCD 120
Squidco Product Code: 16484

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Italy
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded by Vito Farano on January 11th, 2010 at Power Music Studio, Rome.


Piero Bittolo Bon-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Simone Massaron-electric bass

Massimiliano Sorrentini-drums

Federico Scettri-drums

Jamaaladeen Tacuma-electric bass

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"Piero Bittolo Bon is one of the busiest and most in demand italian musicians in the italian jazz and avant-garde scene. He mainly plays alto saxophone but is also at ease on baritone saxophone, flutes and clarinets. Piero has also had a long-standing affair going on with the electric bass, which he played at the beginning of his musical journey in funk, reggae, and rock bands, before committing himself to wind instruments and improvised music. Passionate and vibrant, his music, densely composed or totally improvised, reverberates with echoes of the best of free jazz, fire music, torrid improvisations and chamberesque compositions, sharp attacks and continuous inventions bar after bar.

Member of the fresh and much regarded italian collective/record label El Gallo Rojo Records, he's currently leading his own quintet, Bread & Fox with Filippo Vignato on trombone, Alfonso Santimone on piano, Glauco Benedetti on tuba and Andrea Grillini on drums. Other notable bands he leads are his Jümp The Shark sextet with Gerhard Gschloessl on tuba and trombone, Domenico Caliri on guitars, Pasquale Mirra on vibes, Danilo Gallo on bass and Federico Scettri on drums, and "Rollerball", a rock-oriented jazz quintet with Beppe Scardino on bari sax, Enrico Terragnoli on guitar, Danilo Gallo on bass and Massimiliano Sorrentini on drums, not mentioning the many other bands he's involved in, mainly with his Gallo Rojo fellows and with other major italian musicians. In 2010 he was called to be part of a new Uri Caine project, "Pulse". His "Original Pigneto Stompers" outfit features giant of electric bass Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Simone Massaron on guitars and Federico Scettri and Massimiliano Sorrentini on double drums. One of his most recents projects, "Lacus Amoenus", involves the great trumpet player Peter Evans.

His interest in finding new sounds and new improvisational languages brought him to design a special microphone system allowing to control and play the feedback that is generated inside the saxophone tube. This "augmented" alto saxophone is featured in his solo project "SPELUNKER".

He performed an recorded with italian artists such as Danilo Gallo, Zeno de Rossi, Beppe Scardino, Enrico Terragnoli, Stefano Senni, Francesco Bigoni, Massimiliano Sorrentini, Achille Succi,Tiziana Ghiglioni, Tiziano Tononi, Daniele Cavallanti, Francesco Cusa, Domenico Caliri, Giovanni Maier, U.T. Gandhi, Simone Massaron, Silvia Bolognesi, John De Leo and with musicians like Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, John Tchicai, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Lukas Ligeti, Gino Robair, Jessica Lurie, Andrew Drury, Neil Leonard, Ernest Dawkins, Vincent Davis, Craig J. Green, Tristan Honsinger, Gerhard Gschloessl, Christian Lillinger, Tobias Delius, Mark Solborg, Marc Lohr, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jason Levis and many others.

In 2011 Piero founded his own netlabel, R'Ufo Records.

He recorded for labels such as El Gallo Rojo Records, Auand Records, Aut Records, Clean Feed Records, Long Song Records, Splasch Records, Improvvisatore Involontario, NuBop Records, Materiali Sonori, Psychonavigation Records, Caligola Records."

-Piero Bittolo Bon Website (

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track listing:

1. DFW/Calypso De Pelo 9:41

2. Simpri Indenant 3:30

3. Moon Liver 14:25

4. The Day Sandro Bondi Stood Still 6:04

5. Stoppani Stomp 5:42

6. Tsar Bomba! 16:01

7. Tamarrow Is The Question 6:40
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"Piero Bittolo Bon is one of Italian Jazz's youngest and most acclaimed rising stars. A mostly self-taught player, he mainly plays alto but is also at ease on baritone, bass clarinet, contralto, clarinet and flute. Passionate and vibrant, his music reverberates with echoes of the best of free jazz, "fire music", torrid improvisations, sharp attacks and continuous inventions bar after bar.

Member of El Gallo Rojo collective, he collaborated with some of the best italian creative musicians (Danilo Gallo, Zeno de Rossi, Beppe Scardino, Enrico Terragnoli, Stefano Senni, Francesco Bigoni, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Tiziano Tononi, Daniele Cavallanti, Francesco Cusa, Domenico Caliri, Giovanni Maier, U.T. Gandhi, Simone Massaron, Silvia Bolognesi among others) and with overseas stars like Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, John Tchicai, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Jessica Lurie, Vincent Davis and Ernest Dawkins, and he also is in the berlinese avant-garde jazz scene, often playing in the city with musicians like Gerhard Gschloessl, Christian Lillinger, Tristan Honsinger and many others.

Piero has always had a long-standing affair going on with the electric bass, which he played at the beginning of his musical journey in funk, reggae, and rock bands, before totally committing himself to improvised music. Given these premises, it seemed natural that sooner or later he would somehow connect his various passions on his new project, "Mucho Acustica" a totally improvised and powerful session by Piero's new band "The Original Pigneto Stompers", with double drums, electric guitars and special guest electric bass giant Jamaaladeen Tacuma.

Tacuma, defined by guitar ace Marc Ribot as a "funk hurricane", has a glorious past in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band, where he contributed to the music of legendary albums as Body Meta or Dancing in your Head. With his heavy recipe of funk and groove oriented bass lines and free music, he has taken part over the years in many other musical projects, not just jazz and funk.

The rest of the band is completed by guitar player Simone Massaron, and drummers Federico Scettri and Max Sorrentini, young but experienced musicians on the forefront of the best Italian jazz and avant-guard scenes. "Mucho Acustica" is definitely filled with many moods and strong musical statements.

The good feeling among the musicians was immediate and the energy was running from the very first takes. There's a dominating vibe, which is a mix two sources. First there's Piero his sounds are proud and fierce, dark and austere, always serching even physically for his limits and the way to go beyond them. Then there are the thunderous hypnotic electric grooves of Tacuma. These sounds set the base for some layers of "Electric Miles" oriented jams, but with an overall self-abandon more typical of free jazz, with a double drum and guitar interplay that often even moves rhythmically into Afro territories, heavy and light at the same time.

What dominates is "Black Music" and some of its more visceral elements and expressions, with furious electric rides and blues and funk meetings. But there are also abstract moments of delicate instrumental dialogues, that suddenly move into rhythmic explorations and long trancey pedals, dry and raucous. You can also enjoy Max and Federico's respective finesse in mixing their jazz and rock improvisational roots and skills, and their dexterity in avoiding clichés and keeping the beat precise and fresh, and Simone's endless tone and harmonic ability in delivering mind blowing solos and various unexpected turning points over many tracks.

"Music is a universal language" says J.Tacuma about this pleasant session, and on his "conversations" with these players from another country he's absolutely right!"-Long Song Records

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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Quintet Recordings

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