Piero Odorici represents one among the most clever new european Jazz’s young talent. Born in Bologna (Italy) in 1962 , he had his first approches with saxophone when he was ten years old . After classical studies he improved his jazz technique under the Sal Nistico and Steve Grossman’s guide, two between the most great modern Jazz’s saxophone players, and took part to workshops with Mal Waldron, Barry Herris and Joe Handerson. Piero Odorici began early his professional career having the opportunity to perform as member and as sideman of several european and foreign groups with tours in all the word (Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Finland, Canada….) and appear in radio and TV shows.
Among various collaborations : Ray Mantilla, Ben Riley, George Cables, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Slide Hampton, Eddy Henderson, Red Rodney, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, Jack Walrath, Elliot Zigmund, Gloria Gaynor, Steve Ellington, Steve Gadd, Jack McDuff, Mingus Big Band, Luciano Pavarotti, George Michael and many other. In May 2000 Odorici makes an american tour with an own band playing in famouses Clubs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc. with Ray Mantilla &amp;amp;amp; George Cables Quartet. He took part to numerous important Festivals like Umbria Jazz (Italy), Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice-F), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Salonicco Jazz (Greece), Porretta Soul Festival (Italy), Pavarotti and Friends 2000 (Italy). He recorded with : Jack McDuff, Steve Grossman, Ray Mantilla, Jack Walrath, Steve Ellington, Eddie Henderson, George Michael, Luciano Pavarotti and some other.
Here´s an early Album by Piero Odorici featuring Steve Ellington:
Ellington picked up drums when he was four years old and played with Ray Charles when he was nine. In the latter half of the 1950s he played with Charles Brown, George Adams, and Duke Pearson. He studied for one year at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1961-1962, where he played with Sam Rivers, then worked with June Christy, Joe Castro, and Hampton Hawes. He began playing with Roland Kirk in 1964, with whom he would perform and record through 1970; aside from Kirk, he played as a sideman himself with Jackie McLean, Chet Baker, Stanley Turrentine, and Mose Allison. Concomitantly, he led his own band in 1965-1966, whose sidemen were Woody Shaw, Walter Davis, Jr., Wilbur Ware, and C. Sharpe.
In the 1970s Ellington worked with Billy Eckstine, Brick Jazz Funk Fusion, Hampton Hawes, Art Farmer, Freddy Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Ike Isaacs, Maxine Sullivan, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Dan Wall. He returned to work with Rivers in the period 1980-1982, played with Sonny Stitt and Dave Holland, then put together a new ensemble of his own, which was active from 1985 to 1990. He was the drummer for Michel Petrucciani’s trio from 1988 to 1990, and in the 1990s worked with Hal Galper, Steve Grossman, James Moody, and Johnny Griffin. (by wikipedia)
And we can hear a real superb jazz-Album … I guess this Album is a must for every Jazz-fan !
Marc Abraham (bass)
Paolo Birro (piano)
Steve Ellington (drums)
Piero Odorici (saxophone)
01. Detour (Abrams) 4.38
02. To Ela (Odorici) 7.34
03. É Preciso Perdoar (Jobim) 5.23
04. All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (Kahn) 3.00
05. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Porter) 6.44
06. Beatrice (Rivers) 6.05
07. Neon (Birro) 5.53
08. Panarea (Odorici) 7.08
09. Luise (Abrams) 5.44
10. All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (Kahn) 3.41