The “Sahara” is a club located in the town of Methuen, north of Boston. Thanks to Bob “Jocko” Arcidiacono, the “Sahara” has been featuring the best local jazz ensembles, as well as internationally renowned jazz names such as Bud Shank, Scott Hamilton, Mark Murphy, and others.
I'm happy to present this trio featuring two great musicians and friends. On bass is Marshall Wood, currently with Tony Bennett. On drums is my fellow Italian countryman, Marcello Pellitteri, one of NY most sought after drummers.
The recording consists of five instrumentals and five vocals, including three of my favorite Great American Songbook standards. Also included are an A.C. Jobim bossanova in Portuguese, a Latin American old favorite, and one of the most beautiful Italian songs ever written, a Luigi Tenco gem.
Among the instrumentals, there are more intense jazz tunes such as master Chick Corea's “Got a match?”(I hope Chick won't mind my“Topsy” quote:>), and my own “Blues in the midst of a crowd”, composed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack. Because Charlie Parker is one of my strongest jazz influences , I had to start with his bebop blues ,“Bloomdido”. We followed by Poinciana, which we played with a different rhythmic feel from the famous Ahmad Jamal version.
I'd like to dedicate this work to the memory of my father Giampaolo, who recently passed away and had been one of the “Ragazzi dello swing”, young Italians who danced to the music of swing bands at a time in Italy when jazz was ostracized by the Fascist regime then in power.
I hope you enjoy this collection.
Ferdinando Argenti is an Italian jazz pianist/singer originally from Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, who has been living and performing in the Boston area for little more than two decades, after travelling the world extensively playing music. He has performed with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Grossman, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, Greg Hopkins, Matt Garrison, Clive Chaman, Charles Davis, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Flavio Boltro, and many others. He has performed and recorded with Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Kenwood Dennard, Jorge Rossy, Pierre Cavalli, Joshua Redman, Enrico Rosa, etc. This is second own jazz CD, after the first, simply entitled “Argenti”.. He has been featured in concerts and performances, TV shows and radio shows both in Europe and in the USA and has travelled as far as Japan and Scandinavia for musical engagements and jazz clinics.
Marshall Wood has enjoyed a comprehensive jazz career working with true jazz masters for over thirty-eight years. An example of this would include multiple performances, tours and recordings with: Big Joe Turner, Anita O'Day, Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Urbie Green, Al Cohn, Bud Freeman, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Randy Brecker, Tommy Flanagan, Monty Alexander, John Bunch, Makoto Ozone, Nelson Riddle, Phil Woods, Joe Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Marian McPartland and a host of others. Marshall's recording credits include CDs with Anita O'Day, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Tommy Flanagan, Bucky Pizzarelli and Donna Byrne. For three years he has been Tony Bennett's bassist and is featured on Bennett's Double Platinum Grammy Award winning album Duets II, as well as concert appearances around the world and multiple TV show appearances.
Marcello Pellitteri is an award-winning drummer.
He played with jazz legends such as Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Jon Hendricks;with Grammy award winners New York Voices, Dave Samuels, Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera;with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the New Jersey Symphony and the Taipei Philharmonic , and with the world renown Gipsy Kings.
He performed for President Clinton at the White House, Prince Alberto of Monaco in Montecarlo and Princess Margriet of The Netherlands.
Marcello appeared on the stages of worldwide festivals and broadcast programs with concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and performances on NBCˆs Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as numerous Asian, South American and European radio and TV shows.