Maurizio Brunod – guitar
Marcello Pellitteri – drums
Brad Jones – bass
David Gilmore – guitar
Mediterranean, jazz & psychedelic music
This project came to life in the mind of maurizio brunod after his latest trip to new york and woodstock during which he met la crème de la crème of the ny music scene, especially few ultra-talented artists whom he immediately bonded humanly and artistically. The project arised from the necessity of the guitarist to explore and contaminate his distinct mediterranean melodic sound with the unique new york jazz sound, the most contaminated and experimental of the whole world. the band came together spontaneously and it is formed by both brilliant bass player brad jones and drummer marcello pellitteri including a phenomenal guest, the guitarist david gilmore. the manifold influences echoed in their music encounter and define the characteristics of an original and engaging concert, which highlights their exceptional skills as instrumentalists along with sharp artistic personalities, shifting between soul, groove, jazz and ethnic sonorities, all jazzed up by brunod wise use of psychedelic loops and effects.
New york born brad christopher jones is a bassist, composer, and educator. He has recorded, performed, and toured around the world with a diverse array of artists that include ornette coleman, elvis costello, elvin jones, david byrne, muhal richard abrams, sheryl crow, cassandra wilson, dave douglas, vernon reid, john zorn, don byron, marc ribot, and the jazz passengers.
Brad has released four recordings under his own leadership with three separate projects: “uncivilized poise” and “the embodiment” with his band aka alias, “pouring my heart in” with the brad jones quartet, and his latest entitled “avant lounge” with his project of the same name.
Brad is also an experienced educator who has taught workshops and master classes in france, italy, canada, and mexico and is part of the music faculty at columbia university in new york city.
He is an award-winning drummer, an educator, composer, arranger and producer and recipient of the “a lief for jazz” award at the 1986 harlem festival (italy), his latest cd “aquarius woman” received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from downbeat. His previous cd “acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (jazz corner) and got 5 stars rating by all about jazz.
Pellitteri graduated cum laude at the prestigious berklee college of music in boston and then received a master’s degree in jazz studies with distinction in performance from the new england conservatory of music. He studied with alan dawson, bob moses and bob kaufman. Pellitteri has taught at berklee for thirty-one years, where he is currently a professor, and performed and recorded with grammy award winners as the new york voices, dave samuels, slide hampton, paquito d’rivera, joe henderson, woody shaw, jon hendricks, tom harrell, wynton marsalis, dave liebman, john abercrombie, mick goodrick, bucky pizzarelli, buddy de franco, kenny barron, miroslav vitous, eddie gomez, mulgrew miller, jacky terrasson, the boston pops, the taipei philharmonic and the gipsy kings.
He has recorded over 100 albums, 5 of which as a leader and has appeared on the stages of worldwide festivals and broadcast programs.he performed 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 in numerous asian, south american and european radio and tv shows.
Pellitteri has scored music for several theater plays. Moreover he has performed for prominent international political figures, royal families and head of states, such as president clinton at the white house, prince alberto of monaco in montecarlo and princess margriet of the netherlands.
He has recorded and performed with many of today’s most influential modern artists as wayne shorter (appearing on mr. Shorter’s grammy award winning album, high life (verve)), dave douglas, muhal richard abrams, sam rivers, steve coleman, cassandra wilson, don byron, uri caine, randy brecker, david sanborn, ron blake, carolyn leonhart and christian mcbride, among many others.
Gilmore has appeared on over 50 recordings, including two of his own as leader. His first cd, ritualism (2001) received international critical praise and was nominated for the 2001 debut cd of the year by the jazz journalists association.
Born in cambridge, massachusetts, gilmore studied piano, drums and percussion, taking up guitar studies at fifteen with john baboian and randy roos. He left boston for further studies at new york university where his teachers included sax titan joe lovano and pianist jim mcneely. Following graduation, he worked with a variety of artists, including members of the mbase collective, ronald shannon jackson, trilok gurtu, graham haynes, robin eubanks, and lonnie plaxico. He also joined the popular jazz/fusion group lost tribe, co-producing their first two recordings for windham hill.
Gilmore has even made notable contributions to such pop acts as me’shell n’degeocello, melissa etheridge, joan osbourne, mavis staples, isaac hayes, boz scaggs, tommy lang of austria, rise robots rise, and japan’s monday michiru. He has also toured extensively with multi-platinum artist joss stone. Downbeat magazine’s critic’s poll voted gilmore a “rising star.”
He is committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness. One result of this global ethic, the work “african continuum” – enabled by a cma new works composer grant– was premiered to the public in spring 2003.
Gilmore teaches guitar studies at the prestigious berklee college of music where he is an associate professor.more recently david was the recipient of a 2008 chamber music america, new jazz works composer’s grant.