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Sal La Rocca

 

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About Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca – Initially briefly interested in guitar rock,  he discovered the jazz genre in the early 1980s. Sal traded the guitar for the bass and taught himself the jazz idiom, inspired by the model of Paul Chambers. La Rocca tirelessly built on his abilities as a musician, and it did not take long before he was noticed playing alongside Toots THIELEMANS, Philip CATHERINE, Steve GROSSMAN, Lee KONITZ, Dani KLEIN featuring Vaya Con Dios

Sal (Salvatore) La Rocca has released two albums under his own name, such as LATINEA (Jan 2003) and IT COULD BE THE END (Feb 2012). With : Lorenzo DI MAIO (guitar), Pascal MOHY (piano & Fender Rh.) and Hans van OOSTERHOUT (drums) featuring : Jacques SCHWARZ-BART (t. sax) on the IGLOO-RECORDS  label…

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a singular album that sounds like a plural and that can be conjugated in the past, present and future; a contemporary jazz record that reads like a travel book. At each stop, we get a song to hum and high-level soloists to follow in their harmonic and rhythmic excursions. Let’s be clear: a record signed by a bassist-leader often resembles other releases recorded by bassist-leaders, a heavy revenge on the status of accompanist; spotlight on the bassist, all the themes are for me, the first chorus and codas…

This second album by Sal La Rocca deftly avoids that trap. With the exception of “Crescent”, all the compositions are signed La Rocca but the rest is impeccably balanced and each musician comes out of the adventure with something to remember. Could this be the end?”

JPS, Maison du Jazz

 

 

 

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“Season Heat” by Sal La Rocca

 

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From the album : It Could Be The End

About the Album: 7/4 tune with slow rockfeel evoking when the global temperature will rise on Earth. Sal La Rocca: double bass; Lorenzo Di Maio: guitar; Pascal Mohy: piano; Hans Van Oosterhout: drums. Guest Jacques Schwarz-Bart: sax.

Fiona’s Comments * * * *

If you’re looking for sombre sounds to go with the sombre political horizon…this is it. Mr Schwarz-Bart said so, and we’re not going to doubt him.

 

 

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"Glistens like a chandelier, all its many facets, complicated and intricate, with a mellow and exacting groove. Nothing apocalyptic here."   Fiona's Comments

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