Ferdinando Romano: doublebass player, composer and improviser. He has been awarded in the Top Jazz 2020 (Musica Jazz’s annual Critics Poll) as “Best Italian Rising Star” and his album “Totem” is the Top Ten in the category of the “Best Italian Albums” in the same award.
Totem feat. Ralph Alessi
Ferdinando Romano - doublebass
Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Simone Alessandrini - alto & soprano sax
Nazareno Caputo - vibraphone
Manuel Magrini - piano
Giovanni Paolo Liguori- drums
“Totem feat. Ralph Alessi”, his first album as a leader, came out on April 24 2020 for the Norwegian label Losen Records. The band is formed by the great ECM artist Ralph Alessi on trumpet and some of the most interesting musicians and improvisers of the new Italian generation like Simone Alessandrini, Manuel Magrini, Tommaso Iacoviello, Nazareno Caputo, Giovanni Paolo Liguori.
The album got international acclaim from magazines all over the world like Musica Jazz, All About Jazz (USA), Jazz Views (UK), Marlbank (UK), The Jazz Mann (UK), Jazz Life Japan (JP), UK Vibe (UK), Jazztrail (USA), Jazzport (CZ), SKJazz (SK), Jazzflits (NL), Jazzlocal32 (New Zealand), JazzIT (IT), Alias, Blogfoolk, Musiczoom and many more.
The album was also selected by Il Giornale della Musica as one of the best April’s releases (Enrico Bettinello) and by Musica Jazz as part of the albums of the month in July’s 2020 issue. The music has been broadcasted in many radio shows in Europe and the US, in particular on France Musique (FR), WDR (DE), BRF1 (Belgio), Radio Classica, Radio Popolare, Brooklyn Radio.