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This ensemble is the product of the coming toghether of musicians who have already collaboureted in variety of the other situations.Some of them have already worked with the band leader in an important chapter of this artistic history,which lid to the release of CD "SUITE & SONGS",which has attracted the interest of critics in Italy and abroad. In the light of this common experience it was decided to create a Group to continue and develop these ideas with,where appropriate,new expressive and stylistic aspects. As well as material from the CD "SUITE & SONGS" the Group offers a repertoire of original compositions,in the which the improvised elements are of fundamental importance,even though firmily placed in the context of predeterminated arrangements. The latest Sebastiani’s work with this combo,“ DESIDERIO “ ( 2003 ), show a new step oriented in the afroamerican language as wrote the Jazz Magazine “ Cadence “(June 2004) : < Marcello Sebastiani’s group is made of harder stuff and sails into realms of American Jazz. The set contains the standard “ Like Someone In Love “, composition of James Williams and Roland Kirk and a Sebastiani original dedicated to Ray Brown. Sebastiani’s bass is often lowdown and greasy and the use of Geoff Warren’s soprano as the main of horn gives this session an airy, light feel. Warren switches to flute on Williams “Alter Ego” for an even breezier Oriental sound, and,on “Station 888 “, he gets to show his improvising prowess on crinkly bebop line. Pianist Giovanni Ceccarelli stretches out on a trio version of “ Like Someone in Love” showing an ebullient style and Kirk’s classic “ The Inflated Tear” has all four musicians alternating formal bits of melody and abstract pattering.There’s not much Italian flavor to this one but it’s a good example of Jazz’s value as a universal language [ Jerome Wilson ]>
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Graduated in Music with honours from London University in '78 he is professional musician since '79.His career has seen him involved in the fields of contemporary chamber music,jazz and improvised music and he apppeared at Concerts and Festival in Germany,Switzerland,Spain, Italy,Holland,Greece,Yugoslavia,Hungary,Israel,India, Tailand.He has worked on the british jazz scene with Grahm Collier,Kenny Wheeler,Harry Beckett and John Surman;in Italy with Andrea Centazzo Carlo Actis Dato and Paolo Fresu;american such as Badal Roy,Frank Lacey; ucrainian, Enver Izmailov with whom has recorded is latest CD "Dancing Over the Moon."
He appears on the italian musical scene of the mid 70's as a gifted self-taught drummer. Then, after having some music and drum lessons in Rome by B.Tommaso and M.Iannaccone, he settles in Senigallia, on the east-coast of Italy. After several musical experiences, in the first half of the 80's he develops a jazz oriented drumming, attending some clinics of such great masters like of M.Roach, E.Jones, P.Erskine, J.De Johnette and S.Gadd. He played with musicians as Enrico Rava, Lee Konitz, Maurizio Giammarco, Bruno e Giovanni Tommaso, Eddie Henderson, Renato Sellani, Massimo Moriconi, Patrizio Fariselli, Marco Tamburini, Tomaso Lama, Franco D'Andrea, Gianluigi Trovesi, Augusto Mancinelli, Joe Diorio, Harvie Swartz, Paolino Dalla Porta, Franco Ambrosetti, Antonello Salis, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Gianni Basso, Phil Woods, Riccardo Luppi, Marche Jazz Orchestra, Ares Tavolazzi, Antonio Faraņ, Fred Bongusto, Fausto Leali, Gloria Gaynor, Alberto Borsari, Danilo Rea, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Art Van Damme, Bobby Watson, Ray Mantilla, Mick Goodrick, Paolo Fresu, Tino Tracanna, Umberto Fiorentino, Pat Martino, Mike Mainieri, Furio Di Castri, Richard Galliano (col quale nel '99 suona anche al "Blue Note" di Tokyo), Ian Anderson and many others.Wide Records label release his last cd "Quasi Sera" on 2001 . Manzi is also most appreciated as a drum teacher. He has been teaching for almost 15 years. A lot of students attends at his regular courses and-or clinics in several towns, including Bologna's conservatory. Manzi works in studio sessions, Radio - Tv shows, and so on. He made drums samples & rhythms for musical instruments factories as Roland. Music and Drums Magazines has often reviewed Manzi's drumming, with very good comments & interviews.
Beginning his musical studies of jazz piano with Eddy Weid,in Oregon,USA,and than with Rita Marcotulli,Franco D'Andrea, Mike Melillo and Enrico Pieranunzi. He courrently played in USA with Youthsound Big Band of Oregon conduced by Thara Memory.In Italy he performed with great jazz man such as Enrico Rava,Massimo Urbani,Lee Konitz ,Bob Wilber and Other. He played with his groups or other combos in clubs and International Festival such as Heineken Jazz Festival,in Libano,Gaume Jazz Festival,in Belgio,and than in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The Philology label has produced his latest CD with pianist Eddie Weid:"The Street Dancer".