Metalknife: Music for Modern Piano

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Explore this exciting debut commercial recording of standards, original compositions, transcriptions and covers, performed by pianist Matteo Bisbano Memmo.

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About this release

This disc represents a curiosity box of virtuosic jazz piano playing showcasing the agility and musicality of Matteo Bisbano. Standards share a table with original compositions, transcriptions and exciting new covers which span a breadth of styles and genres. Bisbano projects breathtaking, dare-devil brinkmanship which pushes the boundaries of rhythm and celerity in modern piano music.

“The assimilation of Art Tatum’s famous stride technique is particularly noteworthy. But within this hurricane-like facility are ecstatic instances of rapturous beauty – felt all the more keenly for the contrasts around it. These ‘eye-of-the-storm’ moments expose the heart and soul behind Bisbano’s exuberant facade and are the respite from the sheer intensity and skill exhibited elsewhere. The inventiveness of the cover of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ loses nothing from its original incarnation, but affords an exciting new perspective on an icon of the 80’s Metal scene.” George Richford, November 2021

About the artists

Matteo Bisbano Memmo

Matteo was born in Lanciano, Italy and he graduated from Conservatorie “G.Braga” of Teramo (Bachelor degree in classical piano) and Conservatoire “L. D’Annunzio” of Pescara (Master degree in jazz piano) cum laude. His style is very descriptive using a vocabulary of different sounds from different styles, sometimes even quite distant from each other but always with something in common.

In his influences it’s possible to hear Classical, Jazz, Metal, D&B but always played with the same instrument. Matteo’s music has been influenced by Prokofiev, Liszt, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Jelly Roll Morton, Metallica, Megadeth, Goldie, and Infected Mushroom.

He has played in many cities with Santino Spinelli, including Jurmala, Cagliari, Roma, Milano, Bologna and Paris. He has also performed before the Pope in the Vatican State.

  • Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love - Charles Mingus
  • Alfonsina Y El Mar - Ariel Ramirez & Felix Cesar Luna
  • Splanky - Neal Hefti
  • Tiger Rag - Eddie Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, & Larry Shields, arranged by Art Tatum
  • Tea For Two - Vincent Youmans, arranged by Art Tatum
  • Memories Of A Rainbow - Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg
  • Yesterdays - Otto Harbach & Jerome Kern, arranged by Art Tatum
  • Elegie - Jules Massenet, arranged by Art Tatum
  • Smokey Stogie - Matteo Bisbano Memmo
  • Dr. Herbert West - Matteo Bisbano Memmo
  • Stardust Light - Matteo Bisbano Memmo
  • Rose - Matteo Bisbano Memmo
  • Metalknife - Matteo Bisbano Memmo
  • Master Of Puppets - Metallica
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR066

Composer Harold Arlen, Eddie Edwards, Otto Harbach, E. Y. Harburg, Neal Hefti, Jerome Kern, Felix Cesar Luna, Jules Massenet, Matteo Bisbano Memmo, Metallica, Charles Mingus, Henry Ragas, Ariel Ramirez, Nick LaRocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Larry Shields, Art Tatum, Vincent Youmans
Pianist Matteo Bisbano Memmo
Piano Steinway & Sons
Engineer Ronan Phelan
Engineer Assist Michele Catri
Mastering Adaq Khan
Recording Location Master Chord Studios, London
Producer George Richford
Programme Notes Hugh Benham
Artist Photography
Mike Cooter
Creative Director Mike Cooter
Executive Producer Adrian Green

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