FELICE CLEMENTE QUARTET
Felice Clemente | tenor and soprano sax
Fabio Nuzzolese | piano
Giulio Corini | double bass
Massimo Manzi | drums
Liner notes by Felice Clemente
There’s always a starting point in a musician’s career: there’s a beginning and there are some people shining light on your personality and on your destiny too.
Mino Legacy is a dedication to the ones who passed down to me the passion for music and let me become a professional musician and make the music be my life, that is my grandfather Rocco and my maternal uncle Mino Reitano.
This dedication has matured and grown up with me since many years and it has become more and more needed as time goes by. I wanted to make it real thanks to my favorite musical language, the jazz music, remembering his poetry and artistic career in his most significant and important compositions which made him famous all over the world.
The goal to achieve is highlightning and bringing out his compositive creativity, giving to it a new life and the chance of being witness to new generations of his artistic excellence.
Fabio Nuzzolese, composer and pianist, did a great job in the arrangement of the compositions, as he was respectful of the originality and clarity in Mino’s lyrics, giving them a new jazzy and elaborated guise in writing and performing. The final result is a very deeply enjoyable, touching, fascinating music able to put together light music and jazz one naturally, extensively, no artificial filters or prejudices.
All this project has been possible thanks to Marco Bassi, a great friend of mine and a cultured, passionate, musical and art critic who has supported me from the very first day and thanks to all my excellent travel companions and polished musicians Fabio, Massimo and Giulio who shared this experience passionally and with enthusiasm. Thanks to Andrea Pedrinelli too, great expert and musical critic, author of Mino’s life and artist career book. I strongly hope that Mino’s compositions and poetry will keep on ringing and living as they have been doing for many years.