Max De Aloe has recently been defined "the most requested and active Italian harmonicist" by "Jazz Magazine", while on the prestigious website Hollywood-Miyuki of Tokio this Italian musician is quoted among the 25 most significant jazz harmonicists worldwide. With five albums as a leader and more than a dozen as sideman in record shops everywhere, but also solo shows, composition of documentary film and theatre scores, Max De Aloe has worked with, among countless others, Adam Nussbaum, Mike Melillo, Thilo Wagner, Don Friedman, Garrison Fewell, Greg Burk, Bibi Rover, Franco Cerri, Renato Sellani, Gianni Coscia, Gianni Basso, Dado Moroni, Bebo Ferra, Barbara Casini and Umberto Petrin.
With his newest project entitled "Lirico incanto", which is also featured on CD, the harmonicist and his quartet reinterpret known opera arias: music which disorients, but fascinates at the same time, striving for a personal point of view on the interpretation of melodies by Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo. A crossover project with the potential to surprise both radical melodists and down-right jazz fans, which in reality features both a passionate and modern take on opera music which also appeals to an average audience.
In the liner notes of "Lirico incanto", Paolo Fresu writes:
“Max De Aloe has understood that jazz and opera are tied together by that thin thread made of history and culture, of migrations and parlances that united the continents well before trumpets and saxophones invaded the streets of New Orleans. For this, together with his companions on this stupendous musical journey, he grasped in the beautiful melodies of Leoncavallo, Verdi and Puccini the essence of a music that sets out, as always, to speak to the world of an alive and dynamic humanity. Humanity that has carried music beyond the Italian borders and that today sends it back to us filled with echoes and reverberations of America. LIRICO INCANTO is music as limpid as air. It is exquisite and coherent music that smacks of lyricism and melody, the same that for several centuries has magnificently represented what we are beyond genres and styles”.
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