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Artist:Majaria Trio
Title:Majaria Trio
Year of Release:2012
Genre: Ethno Jazz
Description: “Majaria Trio” was formed in 2010 by drummer Lucrezio de Seta, bass player Alessandro Patti and the piano player Primiano Di Biase. “Majaria” (pron: Ma-ia-rì-a) is a word of the Sicilian dialect which means beauty, surprise and magic. The need to combine expressive elements of the Mediterranean music with more contemporary beats (electric-jazz, funk, dub) as well as the African-American jazz sound, has represented the common ground, for these three unique and different musicians, to produce their first concept- CD: Majaria Trio. The colors, the perfumes, the light, the sea, the sun’s energy, the sounds and voices from the big markets, unique and involving expressions of the Mediterranean world, are deep influences in the composition of the original melodies and rhythmic structures of their songs, which moves away from the rules and styles of the “classic” ethnic-jazz, and open up in an endless musical contamination that enhances and highlights the unique peculiarities of the trio.

Lucrezio de Seta: Drums and Percussions
Alessandro Patti: Electric Bass and Double Bass
Primiano Di Biase: Piano, Synth, Accordion, Voice

Says about the project:
“This Rome-based power trio combines musical elements of their Italian heritage with the heavy handedness of jazz fusion pioneers such as Weather Report and Return to Forever. The ensemble consisting of pianist Di Biase, bassist Patti and drummer de Seta is a tight-knit unit, emphasizing strong grooves and riffs to create an upbeat, energetic vibe throughout the ten tracks on their debut disc. The recording moves back and forth from electrified explorations to a more traditional, acoustic influence. The funky and mesmerizing Mediterranean allure of "Harissa" and the jazz waltz flavor of "Vedanta" are two contrasting pieces exemplifying the band's stylistic range. Di Biase and Patti make the most out of the lighthearted piece "E' Tempo Di Tornare" with expressive soloing. Standout playing can be heard from all three on the adventurous "Ciauru I Mari," featuring a fiery drum solo by de Seta. A highlight of the session is Patti's composition "Il Profumo Del Vento".”
- John Barron, The Jazz Word by John Barron-

“While I was listenig to the “Majaria Trio” CD, I’ve been positively surprised by becoming aware that the song that just ended was the last of the project. The street’s sounds and the songs that I was literally following in their emotional ‘trip’, transferred my consciousness in the ‘movie of my personal thoughts’ and it became the soundtrack of the imagination of my mind. This record offers such a large range of different styles, that brings you through different musical genres whilst retaining a coherent band sound. This is a very well produced project, both from a compositionally and from arrangement point of view; an hour of really enjoyable and well played music. The “Majaria Trio” goes beyond technique, putting to the listener’s disposal the whole imaginary possibilities of every single note played by each one of them”.
-Javier Girotto-

“"Varii e veri ritratti della Morte dissegnati in immagini ed espressi in Essempij al Peccatore duro di cuore" as written on the title of the precious Padre Giovan Battista Manni’s work. Equally precious is this work of “Majaria”, in which ‘life flows’ and where at the same time we need to recognize its opposite, in order to appreciate it. Melodic fascination, pervaded by an unstoppable rhythmic groove, immobilizes the listener, letting him flow in the state of an ambiguous consciousness: I live/I see them live - I was there/ I watch them. Memories of places and smells, maybe lived by others, but powerful enough to pull us into the trip. No contradictions: yesterday, just like today, they talk to the cold hearted Sinner, the one who is within us or outside us, it doesn’t matter, as long as there’s a hearth capable of listening”.
-Aurelio Gatti-

“The Majaria Trio propose a beautiful mix of 70’s jazz-rock, synthetic sounds, echos of popular music, 80’s music, distortion and so forth, realizing a very original and well-made ensemble. The three musicians are virtuosos of their instruments (really notable the bass line on Ciauru I Mari (Sicilian: sea perfume)) and comfortable like in the aggressive and rhythmic tunes, like the beginning Focu Vivo (Sicilian: living fire) everything built on a 14/4 meter (sum of 4+4+4+2) as in those more suggestive and relaxed ones, like the bistro atmospheres in “L’ultima volta” or the acoustic and rich sound of percussions in “Sabbie e Miraggi”. The Di Biase vocal parts are very good too, which goes through the Arabic sound of “Harissa” to the electronic and “ambient” one in the solo of “Il profumo del vento”. In the whole, it’s a notable and well-made mix of American tradition and Italian Folk”.
- E.M. Jazz It, August 2012 -

“The ten instrumental tunes proposed, are a kaleidoscope of rhythms, smells and sensation different among them, but with the same main theme: the Mediterranean. The big mastery of the arrangements and playing, the numerous quotes of our excellent musicians goes from the Weather Report to Pat Metheny, from Jaco Pastorius to Astor Piazzolla, from Stanley Clarke to Chick Corea. Jazz, funk, dub, fusion and more, are the elements that, mixed together, takes us in this journey born in the 2010, but which sees his debut just in the first months of the 2012, thanks to the young label Headache Production of Lucrezio de Seta. Journey that, for his peculiarities, results in an endless evolution: it’s always diversified by timbres and melodies from the folkloristic heritage of south Italy and of the North Africa, but with Jazz colors and atmospheres. This is our Journey: with closed eyes, touching with vibrant hands places still unknown. Majaria, word of the Sicilian dialect, means beauty, surprise and spell, expression of the most emotional meaning of the “Magic” word.
As every magic rituals, we need to begin from the fire, from the flame that, even if it’s static it’ is always on move with its spurts and his different tongues . The burning wood crackle introduces “Focu Vivo” (Sicilian: living fire). The song moves from the phrasing of the microphone and keyboards (that remembers of Joe Zawinul), to the accordion which brings us to the small Italian village festivals, to the popular dances supported by a flowing and precise rhythm determinate by the electric bass and the drums. “Harissa”, a typical Tunisian sauce used as a dressing or ingredient, gives the name to the second tune. The phrasing of the bass and the drums join together, gives a support to the riffs of Di Biase, that interrupts to give spaces now to the bass, now to the darbuka, remembering Middle Eastern sounds, that could even makes quotes like E.L&P..
The Grand Piano introduces “Vedanta”, Sanskrit term which indicates the final part of the Vedic literature; this text contains those elements of the knowledge that an individual has to walk to improve himself. Full melodies, perfects in their simplicity, in a right balance of dialogues among the three musicians, everyone with his own experience baggage, which penetrates without take off the others space, even enhancing that. In the fourth tune, the rules are inverted and the Piano on the offbeat, joint with the drums brushes, starts a soft bossa, on which the five bass cords makes the solo.
The keyboard takes again the tune, and propose it with new variations, giving us the sensation of a perfumed walk on the seaside. Perfumes taken again in the bass wah solo and in the last phrases. The fifth tune is introduced by a shattering, but soft, drums solo that goes with the entire song. On this solo, the keyboard and the bass hovers like “Plancton” that it’s brings by the current and by the de Seta’s waving drums. “Ciauru i Mari” (Sicilian: Sea flowers), dialect word which means “smell, sea breeze”, bring us again in the Mediterranean heart. The accordion which remember the Italian village festivals, while the burning drums solo bring us to the African one. Contaminations putted together by the bass chording.
A George Winston piano and a soft rhythm, played with the hands on the drums, bring us through “Sabbie e Miraggi”; as the cymbals gets in, the excitement increases getting higher of pitch and going to a warm Jazz dimension, that flows among the Di Biase fingers, faster and faster and against the time , to arrive to a magnificent bass solo which brings the tune to the end, like it was begins. “Il profumo del vento”, in the first phase, brings us through the Paris streets with a bass plucked like a guitar, the keyboards that plays the timbres of an accordion and the drums brushes which makes a perfect outline. A bass/guitar solo changes his direction totally: the brushes are changed with sticks, the effects increases, the voices are distorted, the chorus overlaps with the snare roll and with a constant crescendo we fly upon the sky, through the clouds, higher and higher.
The last but one tune is a calm song, which infuses sadness, worsened by the double bass sound which replies with the bow to the piano notes: “Crysis” is the crysis tied to the our existence and to the doubts of becoming.
The steps sound bring us from the street to the inside of a club where the sound of an Argentine accordion emerges and slowly makes us dip in the tune: “L’ultima volta” is a song which makes you dance, to hug who loves you, to twirl in the club where it’s played.
A very good debut for this fantastic trio which combines cultured music with our historic roofs, making kingpin just on unquestionable musical skills. Finally! In Italy we need of music not just sung but above all intrumental and played at this high levels.
- Roberto Coghi, Roma In Jazz -