The idea of this concept album refers to the compositions written by the Duke Ellington related to flowers and plants (African Flower, Azalea, Absynthe etc...).
Not a philological tribute to Ellington ! The intention was to lead Ellington’s music towards a slightly psychedelic dimension. Riccardo Fioravanti, one of the best Italian doublebass players, makes use here of the leading figure of the guitarist Roberto Cecchetto. Thanks to a solid rhythmic (Alessandro Rossi on drums) and the use of a broad set percussive , ranging from mainstream sounds more closely to the modern drum & bass up to ethnic drums, African in particular. The lyrical side of composition is masterfully played by trumpeter Daniele Raimondi, born in Palermo and Parisian by adoption,
RICCARDO FIORAVANTI : a giant of italian music scene.
Jazz collaboration : Bob Mintzer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Barron, Slide Hampton, Charlie Mariano, Bob Moover, Barney Kessel, Ronnie Cuber, Jimmy Owens, Jesse Davis, George Gruntz, Bruce Forman, Francis Boland, Rick Margitza, Ray Charles, Gino Vannelli, Sarah Jane Morris, Chico Buarque De Hollanda, Stevie Wonder. Giorgio Gaslini, Franco Cerri, Gianni Basso, Renato Sellani, Tony Scott, Gorny Kramer, Enrico Intra, Franco D’Andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Coscia, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Flavio Boltro, Fabrizio Bosso, Pietro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Sandro Gibellini, Stefano Bollani, Dado Moroni, Stefano Battaglia
Pop collaboration : Mina, Ennio Morricone, Mia Martini, Enzo Jannacci, Fabio Concato, Antonella Ruggiero, Ornella Vanoni, Amij Stewart, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Crawford, Jorge Ben, Grace