Recorded in the halls of Archiginnsio Library in Bologna in honor of the artist’s 60th Birthday
In honor of international jazz luminary Paolo Fresu’s 60th Birthday, Qobuz, the high-quality sound streaming and download platform, announces the live album release of Musica Da Lettura (Music for Reading). The audio recording can only be found on Qobuz in 24-Bit/48 kHz audio for streaming and downloads. A journey through sound and architecture, the live concert was recorded on January 30th and 31st at the magnificent Archiginnsio Library at the University of Bologna. A font of knowledge in Europe since before the Renaissance, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the world dating back to 1088, with the Archginnisio library dating to the 16th century.
Paolo Fresu is an Italian jazz trumpet/flugelhorn player and also a composer and arranger for theatre, television, and film. Born and raised in Sardinia, he started playing the trumpet at age 11. A craftsman of lyrical jazz, his refined and elegant style pays homage to the classic Miles Davis cool jazz sound of the mid-’50s. He has also been heavily inspired by his Sardinian musical heritage and the European classical canon.
A luminary in the European Jazz scene, Fresu plays in a variety of projects, from contemporary pop to traditional jazz, dance, and jazz-folk fusions. He has appeared on more than 300 albums, including collaborations with celebrated musicians including Ralph Towner, Uri Caine, Carla Bley, and many others. In a typical year, Fresu plays around 200 concerts, records prolifically, leads over 20 different current bands, and operates both a festival (Time in Jazz, in his native Sardinia) and a record label (Tǔk Music).
Musica Da Lettura is a love letter to Bologna, a way for Fresu to give back to the city where he developed his craft and built a family. The 12 tracks on the album are a retrospective of Fresu’s long career, with essential compositions from his vast repertoire. Musica Da Lettura will also feature songs from a second album P60LO FR3SU, which is also out on February 10th on Tǔk Music.
Both albums are available for stream and download on Qobuz.
© credits photo : Roberto Cifzrelli