Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano & Jan Lundgren Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum

Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano & Jan Lundgren

Released on January 1, 2008 by ACT Music

Main artist: Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano & Jan Lundgren

Genre: Jazz

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Mare Nostrum's biggest surprise isn't its instrumentation -- a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano -- but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren are well-known, critically praised jazz musicians who have all been known to eschew musical boundaries and defy genre limitations, so the music on Mare Nostrum -- an album co-led by all three -- shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should its quality, and yet not everybody would have expected such marvelous results. The 15 compositions on the album include originals by all three musicians and several covers, touching upon jazz, tango, classical music, and folk, reinterpreting Charles Trénet ("Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?"), encompassing Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce"), and Maurice Ravel ("Ma Mère L'Oye"). There is an almost delightful sense of trust and ease among the three performers, who never take away their bandmates' spotlights, and who find a balance between playfulness and restraint throughout the album. The music is evocative, as if it was the soundtrack to a missing Louis Malle movie, and much of it creates a warm feeling of gentle nostalgia, even on the more up-tempo tracks. Let's hope these musicians meet again to record more music -- Mare Nostrum is a precious gem. ~ Christian Genzel
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Album : 1 disk - 15 tracks Total length : 01:02:37

  1. 1 Mare Nostrum

    Jan Lundgren, Composer, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Performer - Richard Galliano, Performer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  2. 2 Principessa

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Richard Galliano, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  3. 3 Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - A. Jobim - Vinicius De Moraes, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  4. 4 The Seagull

    Paolo Fresu, Performer - Richard Galliano, Performer - Jan Lundgren, Composer, Performer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  5. 5 Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours?

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Charles Trenet, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  6. 6 Years Ahead

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Jan Lundgren, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  7. 7 Sonia's Nightmare

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  8. 8 Chat Pitre

    Richard Galliano, Composer, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Performer - Jan Lundgren, Performer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  9. 9 Valzer Del Ritorno

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  10. 10 Open Your Mind

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Jan Lundgren, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  11. 11 Liberty Waltz

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Richard Galliano, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  12. 12 Mio Mehmet, Forse Il Destino M'impedirà Di

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  13. 13 Ma Mère L'oye

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Maurice Ravel, Richard Galliano, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  14. 14 Para Jobim

    Paolo Fresu - Richard Galliano - Jan Lundgren, Performer - Richard Galliano, Composer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

  15. 15 Varvindar Friska

    Jan Lundgren, Composer, Performer - Paolo Fresu, Performer - Richard Galliano, Performer Copyright : 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co. KG

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  • Mare Nostrum's biggest surprise isn't its instrumentation -- a trio of accordion, trumpet and piano -- but how natural the combination sounds in its execution. Of course, Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano (who is of Italian offspring), and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren are well-known, critically praised jazz musicians who have all been known to eschew musical boundaries and defy genre limitations, so the music on Mare Nostrum -- an album co-led by all three -- shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should its quality, and yet not everybody would have expected such marvelous results. The 15 compositions on the album include originals by all three musicians and several covers, touching upon jazz, tango, classical music, and folk, reinterpreting Charles Trénet ("Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?"), encompassing Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce"), and Maurice Ravel ("Ma Mère L'Oye"). There is an almost delightful sense of trust and ease among the three performers, who never take away their bandmates' spotlights, and who find a balance between playfulness and restraint throughout the album. The music is evocative, as if it was the soundtrack to a missing Louis Malle movie, and much of it creates a warm feeling of gentle nostalgia, even on the more up-tempo tracks. Let's hope these musicians meet again to record more music -- Mare Nostrum is a precious gem. ~ Christian Genzel

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