If it were not for the unmistakable sound of Enrico Pieranunzi's piano playing it would be hard to determine, when first hearing it, that "Permutation" is the new album by the Roman pianist. As reveals the title of this CAM Jazz release, it's an album of great changes and transformations, because Enrico Pieranunzi - unlike many musicians in the world - has a unique gift: his ability to listen to his partners and truly converse with them. Some would call this pure interplay. His partners are none other than the monumental Scott Colley on bass and the unparalleled Antonio Sanchez on drums... and it's here their game begins. "Scott and Antonio are not merely a bass player and drummer", says Pieranunzi, "they are two extremely talented artistic personalities, excellent musicians and highly original jazz performers and composers. I have to say that playing with them has been a real thrill. This trio has truly been a sound laboratory where interaction is bound to lead down unexpected paths."
Nine songs written by the hand of Enrico Pieranunzi and recorded in the famous Bauer Studios of Germany which, on the one hand, reveal a different facet of the pianist but, on the other hand, enhance his talent as a composer and improviser: the qualities that have made Pieranunzi one of the most respected personalities in the world of jazz today. "The situation", continues the pianist, "also compelled me to experiment compositionally so as to give each of my partners the opportunity to fully express his enormous talent. All this flowered into the intriguing and gratifying atmosphere that pleasantly permeated those days in the recording studio with Scott and Antonio, the freshness of which will, I'm sure, captivate all those who listen to this music."
Recorded and mixed in Ludwigsburg on 17, 18, 19, 20 November 2009 at Bauer Studios
Recording & mixing engineer Johannes Wohlleben
Photos by Andrea Boccalini