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legacy | reviews
An extremely synergic work. Highly recommended.
NERI POLLASTRI (ALL ABOUT JAZZ – IT)
The young Italian-American trio definitely belongs to a new generation, they do not discard anything, but deconstruct and shift everything, almost like portraits of Picasso or Bacon. Regular irregularity.
Jürg Solothurnmann (jazz’nmore — ch)
“Pericopes+1: Gemeinsam eintrocknen” / JAZZTHETIK (DE)
The musical progressions created by this trio can hardly be explained by intuition alone.
INTERVIEWED BY HANS-JÜRGEN LINKE
Their songs convey complex, repetitive patterns and raw playfulness, which sounds like swapping the Swiss Nik Bärtsch with the Americans of The Bad Plus, and throwing them into a particle accelerator. An intellectual fun.
JOSEF ENGELS (RONDO MAGAZINE — DE)
Insistent motifs, bizarre ostinato and complex rhythms. Definitely own and demanding.
Hans-Jürgen Schaal (JAZZTHING — DE)
The listeners of this dazzling album will be rewarded with a discovering journey of exotic listening rooms of their own inner worlds.
Frank von Niederhäusern (kulturtipp — ch)
Legacy is an original, stylistically interesting contribution to European jazz.
CHRISTIAN BAKONYI (CONCERTO MAGAZINE — AT)
Focusing on a grooving, sometimes staccato-like rhythm, the pieces are structured neatly and still show a lot of improvisational fun.
KARSTEN ZIMALLA (WESTZEIT — DE)
Wight sends Pericopes towards a new direction, more accessible to the public, while the music remains layered and has depth. This trio perfectly matches the trend of today’s jazz: solid music to keep reflecting on.
tom beetz (jazzflits – nl)
“New jazz” is the best way to describe their style, where European traditional roots, African-American music and improvisation are blended into melodic and compositional structures.
OPEN JAZZ (FRANCE MUSIQUE — FR)
You really need to check out this new release from Pericopes. Adding Nick Wight to the fold gives the affair a much more lively and excitable demeanor. The thrilling rhythmic curls of title-track Legacy, and how they suddenly break into stretches of insistent pulsing tempo certainly add to the reasons why this album is so damn enjoyable.
DAVE SUMNER (BIRD IS THE WORM – USA)
Pericopes + 1 return with a new edge to their sound. Well-crafted post-bop tunes, highly recommended.
CHRIS BABER (JAZZVIEWS – UK)
This band needs to kept on our radar because with this 10-tracks album, “Legacy” makes its entrance into the world of modern jazz with a new tonality. A diverse and promising album.
Erminia Yardley (JAZZ in europe – nl)
Legacy manifestly winks at contemporary jazz, impregnated of avantgarde undertones whose common intention — kind of a trademark for Pericopes+1 — is to constantly search for innovation, courage and intellectual honesty.
STEFANO DENTICE (ITALIA IN JAZZ – IT)
Perfect integration of the three instruments, with strong sound impact and expressivity, reaching some powerful, ecstatic climaxes.
ALDO GIANOLIO (AUDIOREVIEW – IT)
Legacy is an enormous exploring lab, where a postmodern treatment of the musical material meets a strong propensity to the amusement, the irony and a multi-stylistic approach.
NICOLA BARIN (JAZZ CONVENTION – IT)
“Legacy” is a nice, poetic, sophisticated and blunt work that doesn’t surrender to any temptation of a sonorous spectacle. It’s a fast intense dialogue, distributed in a dynamic tension from the first until the last track.
PAOLO CARRADORI (ALFABETA2 – IT)
We are literally transported by this music, its brave harmonies and very implacable rhythms. Sophisticated writing and rigorous elaboration.
The force and the inventiveness of a modern trio whiteout double-bass. A trio to discover.
BERNARD LABAT (RADIO CÔTE SUD FM — FR)
A captivating inventive album, with a balanced musical construction which makes coexisting vitaminic groove and sensitive precision. A must-listen!
An incomparable sense for rhythms and harmonies, a unique musicality which leaves the listener so speechless and breathless. A pure pleasure!
JACEK BRUN (JAZZ-FUN — DE)
These 10 original tracks higlight the mutating sound of this group, presenting some evocative ballads but also frenetic rhytmical passages. If Vernizzi is taking care of the foreground parts, Sgobbio uses Fender-Rhodes’ electric soul in order to obtain further esthetic tensions.
Legacy shows interesting ideas as in Zardis, November Tears, the dancing moments in Red Sand Town and the title-track. A project with a current language and very particular textures.
Compelling, at times gripping material. Intriguing.
what what | reviews
The music is so very intimate and identifiable with that of several artists including Jan Garbarek, and the duos of Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, and Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer. To liken the duo’s sounds to the above players is also to say they have a distinct sound.
MARK CORROTO (ALL ABOUT JAZZ – USA)
A balanced collection of chamber music cabinet pieces, between introspection and avant-garde. Quiet intimacy and sensitive listening.
Rolf Thomas (jazzthing — de)
What What is an exciting saxophone-piano record, a good example of unspoiled agility.
CHRISTIAN BAKONYI (CONCERTO MAGAZINE — AT)
What What possesses a solemn tone reminiscent of a chamber jazz session recorded in an old church somewhere out in the countryside. It’s a tone that carries even through those moments when the duo jacks up the heat several notches… as they frequently do on this lovely recording. The tides of intensity shift to and from with a suddenness that is often quite stunning.
DAVE SUMNER (BIRD IS THE WORM – USA)
This enjoyable album has waited five years for release, but it’s been worth the wait.
jonathan woolf (musicweb international — uk)
This album is made of beauty, with an non-narcissistic aesthetic. These two excellent interpreters and composers are mirrored in such a unique strong project. An auricular fortune. (Rate: 10/10)
MAX SCACCAGLIA (PARMADAILY — IT)
The sustained piano riffs in Tzukiji reach out European-avantgarde moments, then suddenly introduce abstract densities from the Scandinavian area, including some tenor sax ostinatos. In Cocteau, the soprano sax comes out with a reflective and anxious character, which reminds of Garbarek.
SERGIO SPAMPINATO (DISTORSIONI — IT)
these human beings | liner notes
(dave liebman & enrico rava)
“Great record. Wonderful music with a very diverse repertoire, played flawlessly. You can hear the spirit and mutual respect the three musicians have for each other and the music. These guys have a history to be sure.”
“There is the search but also heart. There is rage and love. There is the howl but also the song. These three excellent musicians tell us about their being human. Thank you!”
these human beings | album reviews
The bass-less trio of Pericopes+1 brings a 21st-century influence to their album These Human Beings. It’s modern jazz that’s heavy on intelligent melody and spirited improvisation. All the songs exhibit power and intention. Pericopes+1 also demonstrates a mastery of dynamics, creating steady climaxes that climb logically forward.
These Human Beings does make a statement, and that’s a good indication for this young group.
david kunian (downbeat magazine – usa)
Pericopes + 1 enters the American market with These Human Beings with the “+1″ representing the addition of New York based drummer Nick Wight. The varied program, musical interactions and progressive thinking behind it are likely to generate interest on this side of the Atlantic.
The Greek definition of pericope is a set of verses that forms one coherent unit or thought. Vernizzi, Sgobbio and Wight fit that definition perfectly, making These Human Beings is an impressive outing.
KARL ACKERMANN (ALL ABOUT JAZZ – USA)
These Human Beings is a noteworthy example of Italian and American jazz musicians coming together, and Vernizzi, Sgobbio and Wight have no problem finding common ground when it comes to both the post-bop elements and the avant-garde elements. Both the inside and the outside work to their creative advantage on These Human Beings.
ALEX HENDERSON (JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE – USA)
The group’s most impressive feat is that its ambitions don’t get in the way of the music’s accessibility. They play with intelligence and heart throughout, yet for all the complexity, the group is capable of communicating emotional depth through relatively structures. Without a bassist, Sgobbio does an impressive job locking his left hand figures with Wight’s grooves, creating the impression of a bottom.
john frederick moore (jazziz – usa)
The trio music on this album is well grounded. The choice for adding a drummer is a good move.
robin arends (jazz times – usa)
Plenty of expressiveness from this duo + 1 set from saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi, pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and drummer Nick Wight. The shifting between the two states of volatility and solemnity go along way to binding the album up into something exciting and satisfying.
Dave Sumner (bird is the worm – usa)
Wight provides a solid ticking pulse to the pieces, with cymbals picking up and emphasizing the phrases that Vernizzi plays. The mix of drums and the low notes of Sgobbio’s playing maintain an insistent and steady beat through each of the pieces. The unity of the trio, even when the rhythm becomes most disrupted, is crisp and clean.
CHRIS BABER (JAZZVIEWS – UK)
The big strength of this album is its rare ability to tell us a story which goes further than the notes and the rhythms, transforming this journey in a unique and shared experience. An ambitious and successful project.
PAOLO ODELLO (IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO – it)
Pericopes duo experiments a new dimension with the addition of Mr. Wight. The trio works perfectly.
Enzo Boddi (Musica Jazz – it)
This new album These Human Beings is an authentic surprise. A high level, personal and inspiring album.
NERI POLLASTRI (ALL ABOUT JAZZ – it)
The musicians do not expire in repetition… In addition, this experiment is not shunned, so the music continues to fascinate from beginning to end. The choice of a drummer was a good move. The trio music on this album has both feet on the ground.
ROBIN ARENDS (JAZZ NU – NL)
The proposal and addition of American drummer Nick Wight gives the Pericopes duo new dialectic properties (Through Piat), creating a contemporary jazz that mixes influences from the NYC modern jazz scene with a strong sense of lyricism – a landmark of the European tradition.
antonino di vita (JAZZIT MAGAZINE – IT)
The attention to the sound is absolute. Every listening reveals new fine shapes and details that the sobriety of Pericopes’s poetics don’t show immediately. With the intervention of a valuable drummer, which fits dialectically and not as a simple support, the duo’s music acquires a new dimension, which enriches its already considerable strengths.
vincenzo fugaldi (jazzitalia – it)
Enjoyable the peculiarity of the trio, which gives an energetic and personal music, influenced by the NYC contemporary jazz scene and the re-use of popular melodic cells, with references to European sounds.
ALESSANDRO SALVATORE (LA GAZZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO – IT)
Pericopes+1 search and find various ways of interplay. They create a music with plenty of personality and energy.
THIERRY GIARD (CULTUREJAZZ – fr)
Pericopes+1 is a modern masterwork.
PARLIAMO DI JAZZ – it
An intense and energetic music full of youthful freshness and lightness. Highly recommended !!!
Jacek brun (Jazz fun – ger)
A nice surprise which goes further than just a very well played album with fine solos. Here these three musicians take out uncommon and unused ideas, settings and suggestions, carrying the listener in some unexplored territories. You can really walk towards each step of this album, feeling the physical pleasure of the discovery.
ROBERTO DELL’AVA (TRACCE DI JAZZ – it)
The open nature of this project puts on board drummer Nick Wight, that worth “+1″ who is the main character on final song “Changing World”, a nostalgic paint which gets the emotional highlight of a courageous and unpredicted album.
These three artists engage in a dialogue with plenty of sonorous effervescence and evanescence. They ask and answer each other; then they go together or they take opposite ways; sometimes they agree, sometimes they disagree, competing around harmonic and rhythmical stuffs.
They play together a cerebral music by keeping their whole spontaneous sensibility intact.
NICHOLAS HILLALI (LES CHRONIQUES DE HIKO – fr)
Pericopes + 1 fits their era perfectly: These Human Beings is a rich cocktail of unpredictable moments, where musicality and strength merge together with a colorful homogeneity.
BOB HATTEAU (improjazz – fr)
“A profound work where individual and collective research shape a music dense and full of meaning.”
franco bergoglio (magazzino jazz – it)
These Human Beings is plenty of artistic humus.
STEFANO DENTICE (EXTRA MUSIC MAGAZINE – it)
The good thing about this trio is that they don’t “hang out” with either the omnipresent neo-bop, nor the ecstatic Scandinavian style. In their composite rhythms we can find a particular experimental, fragmented and multi-directional rock. The distribution of the rules is well balanced and it gives a sense of unity to the improvisations.
PIERCARLO POGGIO (BLOW UP – it)
Very dynamic and progressive songwriting that leaves spaces for playful and melodic outings.
JONAS KOLBE (MOS EISLEY MUSIC – GER)
‘It is a crazy world, a crazy changing world’, according to the poem in the closing song ‘Changing world’. The music of this international trio is played with decisiveness.
Hessel Fluitman (jazzflits – nl)
This 10-track album from Pericopes+1 conduct the listener into a sonore dimension where the dialogue and the conceptual revision of interpreting rules will make the jazz of tomorrow.
DANIELE CAMERLENGO (SUONO – it)
pericopes+1 | concert reviews
The newer pieces the trio performs clearly demonstrate another step forward.
keith Bruce (herald scotland – UK)
This trio has impressed us with richness of ideas, unity of sound, linear thinking, consequential exposure.
PAOLO PIEVANI (ALLABOUTJAZZ – IT)
Classic contemporary jazz stage Stockwerk welcomed the European-American trio Pericopes +1, creating fine improvisations and interplay. An original, stylish contribution to contemporary jazz.
Martin Gasser (Kronen Zeitung – AU)
“Eine Kleine Sensation” / HNA, Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine (DE)
concert review BY ANDREAS KÔTHE
“Zuhörer Umarmten Musiker” / Allgemeine Zeitung Coesfeld (DE)
CONCERT REVIEW BY MANFRED VAN OS
Live Review of the Fano Jazz By The Sea Festival, Italy / Musica Jazz (It)
Pericopes is a cleverly unorthodox trio, carrying an aesthetic that is outside of strict jazz principles, inspired by post rock, indie rock and punk jazzelements, as documented by These Human Beings (Alfa Music). The rhythmic-harmonic system may vaguely suggest elements of the Bad Plus, EST or Tingvall Trio..
concert review by ENZO BODDI
Jazz Club de Grenoble – concert review / Jazz-Rhône-Alpes.com (Fr)
Pericopes+1 is definitively one of the contemporary bands you must discover!
Pericopes + 1 @ The Globe, Newcastle.
The oft-quoted Sound of Surprise has, surely, never been more appropriate than with this band.
pericopes | interviews
“Pericopes+1: Gemeinsam eintrocknen” / JAZZTHETIK (DE)
INTERVIEWED BY Hans-Jürgen Linke
Pericopes+1 at the Gateshead Jazz Festival / INTERNEW webzine (UK)
INTERVIEWED BY catherine marks
Pericopes and the Proust questionnaire / All About Jazz Italy
Pericopes+1 / Special to The Times Tribune
INTERVIEWED BY patrice wilding
Pericopes: new Italian jazz between Paris and New York
interviewed by ROSARITA CRISAFI
Pericopes+1 / La musica di questi esseri umani
INTERVIEWED by marco buttafuoco
“TriesteLovesJazz, contaminazioni in trio” / Il Piccolo, Trieste (It)
INTERVIEWED BY GIANFRANCO TERZOLI
“A Jazz meeting”: with Alessandro Sgobbio, pianist from Pericopes duo
interviewed by GIANCARLO BASTIANELLI
An interview for the Italian newspaper “La Gazzetta di Parma”
INTERVIEWED BY MARGHERITA PORTELLI
PERICOPES+1 – Il nuovo cd “These Human Beings”
INTERVIEWED BY CINZIA LEONI
frames | reviews
The DVD Frames is a wonderful listening experience. The themes are accessible and the improvisations are first class. Listening to this music I could hear this was labor of love and both musicians are totally in-sync. If you’re not familiar with this group, do yourself a favor and do so. You won’t be sorry.
Sublime duo set from saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi and pianist Alessandro Sgobbio. Some gorgeous moments on this recording, which is meant to be played when a quiet room cries out for music that enhances the ambient serenity, not shatter it. Both artists get plenty active on their respective instruments.
DAVE SUMNER (BIRD IS THE WORM – usa)
Certainly, their important roots catch the listener’s attention. Their music suggests also a special open-mind spirit and a depth of the horizons. Those young artists, free of prejudices and ideologies, are creating the music of tomorrow.
marco buttafuoco (Jazzconvention – it)