Metalknife: Music for Modern Piano


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

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

  • 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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Production Credits

Catalogue number CR066
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