Italian Organ Trio English version


Italian Organ Trio

Italy is known as the land of melody for a reason.

The country has given to the jazz songbook a number of canzoni that have – like Bruno Martino's Estate – long ago become immortal standards, and songs that should be considered as such – like „Tu si, na cosa grande per me“. Organist Alberto Marsico, hailing from Torino, drummer Tommaso Bradascio from Milano, and Stuttgart-based Lorenzo Petrocca, who was born and raised in Crotone, the hometown of Pythagoras, realized exactly that and opted to grace Domenico Modugno's song with their interpretation. They play „jazz-worthy“ songs, and their musicianship is rooted in the tradition of the organ trios of the 1950s and 1960s – into both genres they inject a dose of new life.

It was at a birthday concert for seriously ill guitarist Barney Kessel (who happens to have introduced Modugno's 'Volare' to the jazz canon) that Alberto Marsico and Lorenzo Petrocca met for the first time. That was way back in 1995. Since then, they have played and recorded together on a regular basis. When Bradascio, that consummate master of brushes and sticks, joined them last year, the „Italian Organ Trio“ was born.   From the beginning, it was clear to the trio that they would mix originals with Italian and American songs. By way of a Billy Byers arrangement, Count Basie transformed „O sole mio“ into a big band piece named „Oh soul mio“ - here, the piece is treated to what you could call an „organized“ comeback. „Soul mio“ could also mean: soul jazz with an American accent. Organ trios were typical of the soul jazz of the 1960s. Jack McDuff, one of the protagnoists of this style, introduced Alberto Marsico to it and even recorded Marsico's piece „Jack-Pot“. Today, Marsico creates organ solos that have the natural beauty of a murmuring rivulet, with golden sunbeams glistening here and there.

As one would expect, the Italian Organ Trio was strongly influenced by the steaming bop, blues and gospel tradition of the era (just listen to Montgomery's `Full House`).  However, not many groups can pull off the relaxed swing and playful lightness of this music like this trio, with Bradascio's intricate beat, Marsico's warm, flowing elegance, and Petrocca's relaxed sound. You would not think that  guitar poet Petrocca (who as a composer contributes two very catchy tunes here) is a former boxing champion of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg  – so delicate are his solos, and so quiet and balanced his melody arcs. And yet: his blue notes in „Estate“ may sound soft, but they hit you like precisely placed punches.  His „Cromatism“ was created in the studio, and the disc almost wholly contains first takes. When you listen to the album, you can really hear the spontaneity and the joy in playing.

But enough said: Marsico, Petrocca and Bradascio say everything with their music!

Marcus A. Woelfle (Bayerischer Rundfunk)  
(Translation by Jochen Haug)

NEW CD 'Oh Soul Mio'

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Germany CD-release tour December 2019:

28.11.19 Parma/Italy, circolo giovane italia
29.11.19 Alessandria/Italy, Teatro Parvum
30.11.19 Como/Italy, L'Officina della Musica

01.12.19 Milano/Italy, Garage Moulinsky
06.12.19 Lörrach, jazztone
07.12.19 Heidelberg, Jazzhaus
09.12.19 Leipzig, HAMMOND Studio Leipzig
10.12.19 Dresden, Blue Note
11.12.19 Frankfurt, Fabrik
12.12.19 Friedrichshafen, AMICUS
13.12.19 Ludwigsburg, PODIUM in der Musikhalle
14.12.19 Stuttgart, IG Jazz-Romeos Kiste


07.02.20 Ettlingen, Birdland59
08.02.20 Sachsenheim, TBA

06.02.20 Beutelsbach, Armer Konrad



Lorenzo Petrocca introduces band and music project.

CD release date April 2019

Alberto Marsico - organ

Lorenzo Petrocca - guitar

Tommy Bradascio - drums

Audio & Video recorded at Rossinistudios Stuttgart Produced by Patrick Tompert © & ℗ 2019 by - all rights reserved





NEW VIDEO "Cromatism" by Lorenzo Petrocca

from the new Album 'Oh Soul Mio'

Video and Audio recorded at Rossinistudios by Patrick Tompert

produced by Patrick Tompert

NEW VIDEO "Jack-Pot" by Alberto Marsico

from the new Album 'Oh Soul Mio'

Video and Audio recorded at Rossinistudios by Patrick Tompert

produced by Patrick Tompert


live at Birdland Neuburg a.d. Donau

Alberto Marsico - organ

Lorenzo Petrocca - guitar

Tommy Bradascio - drums

"Tu sì 'na cosa grande" (Domenico Modugno)

Lorenzo Petrocca with Alberto Marsico

Lorenzo and Alberto Marsico share a 25-year friendship.

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