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Live albums can either be catch electricity in the air or go down in flames depending on the performer and setting. Thankfully, Italian guitarist/composer Giovanni Moltoni doesn't have Just Another Night on his latest album. Recorded live in a club, Moltoni is at the top of his game, his bluesy, atmospheric playing beautifully suited for such an intimate setting. Moltoni is a highly talented musician whose performances touch the mind and heart. The nine tracks on Just Another Night are unique and lovely. "Best Hope" has a light melody which is relaxing to the soul. Virtuoso playing is pretty much evident in this cut, and you could go head over heels with Moltoni's solos. “Think Again” is a bit heavy and bass-centered at first. It has a mellow but dark melody, playing with your ability to convey emotions. The song has plenty of grit and displays Moltoni's ability to challenge and stimulate the intellect. The breezy “Two Blues" can be considered as one of the moments on the album. Moltoni delivers an engaging, energetic performance that blurs the line between jazz and the blues. For fans of either genre, Just Another Night is both incredible and stunning. The level of technique used in each track boasts a high degree of difficulty and precision. However, just as important is the amount of passion that Moltoni unleashes here. by Stacey Zering - May 26, 2017
August 28, 2016
By: Robert Steven Silverstein
Born in Italy—and living for years in the Boston area and long on the faculty at Berklee school of music—on Just Another Night Giovanni is in fine form, caught live in concert with his trio. It seems that what ever group of musicians Giovanni records with, he always seems to be able to bring out the best performances from his players. Jazz purists will love Just Another Night, and guitar fans will marvel at Giovanni's fretboard skills in this trio setting. As this nine song CD proves, the intimate and choice setting of the live stage makes Just Another Night the perfect way to tune into the timeless, long-standing jazz guitar sounds of Giovanni Moltoni.
Giovanni Moltoni: Tomorrow’s Past
May 30, 2013
Italian guitarist Giovanni Moltoni has put out an impressive session that has a feel similar to the classic Chet Baker sessions of the late 50s. The light and buoyant lyricism of pieces like “Just a Thought” and “Green Line” lifted up by the bright and pungent trumpet of Greg Hopkins, who gives a West Coast Coolness to the session. Rounded out with Fernando Huergo/b and Bob Tamagni/dr, the quartet can get a bit linear and tangential as well, as Moltoni’s sandy toned six strings veers around the corners on “Falling” and ”Prosser’s Waltz.” An oblique “Two Blues” shows how 50s melody and 21st Century harmonies can subsist together just like a gelateria being juxtaposed with the Pantheon. Bella!
One of the top jazz guitarists on the world stage, Boston-based Giovanni Moltoni has a solid reputation for making great albums and his best yet is the 2013 CD release of Tomorrow’s Past. Moltoni has roots in Italy but he grew up in the US and his reputation in and around the Berklee School Of Music is legendary. Now a professor at Berklee, he recorded Tomorrow’s Past mid 2012 in studio A at Berklee. On Tomorrow’s Past, Moltoni has chosen a fine band with the rhythm section of Fernando Huergo (bass) and Bob Tamagni (drums) given a unique sound thanks to the inclusion of trumpeter Greg Hopkins, who’s tone is somewhat similar to flugelhorn master Kenny Wheeler. Moltoni’s nimble, fluid electric guitar sound accompanied by the stately horn sound of Hopkins yields some impressive sonic results. Tomorrow's Past is one of the great guitar-based instrumental jazz albums of 2013. MWE3.com Robert Silverstein
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April 04, 2013
Giovanni Moltoni/Tomorrow’s Past (C#2 Music): Giovanni Moltoni uses his guitar as something of a conductor's wand on Tomorrow's Past, as often as not utilizing the instrument to set the stage for accompanying instruments such as Greg Hopkins' trumpet, which then recedes into the background to, in turn, form a backdrop for his colleagues. The leader’s deferential approach thus makes his own solo interludes that much more welcome, ultimately creating an integrated sound-scape where the album plays like a single piece of music.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Giovanni Moltoni - Tomorrow's Past
Tomorrow's Past is a soulful, mellow quartet recording from guitarist and composer Giovanni Moltoni. With a light, finger-style approach, Moltoni utilizes chord clusters and nimble lines to create a unique, at times bluesy improv style. Trumpeter Greg Hopkins fits perfectly into Moltoni's vision, soloing with warmth and assurance on standout tunes such as "Prosser's Waltz" and "Two Blues." Electric bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Bob Tamagni provide intuitive groundwork. Huergo's harmonics-laced solo at the beginning of "Think Again" is noteworthy.
Italian guitarist and Berklee Professor, Giovanni Moltoni, has released an album entitled 3 of his original compositions plus one tune from the trumpet player that is as compositionally interesting as they are pleasant to listen to. Moltoni and his trumpeter, bassist and drummer are all sensitive to each other nuances. Dr. Joe Barth
The Vancouver Sun Jan. 2009
Boston's Berklee College of Music has always been a Mecca for young jazz musicians, and small wonder with guitarist-composer Giovanni Moltoni among the faculty. -Josh Rager
"3" is comforting in his quiet grace.
JAZZ WEEKLY Dec. 2008
Giovanni Moltoni has put together a quartet (along with Greg Hopkins/t,
Fernando Huergo/b and Bob Tamagni/dr) that is big on explorative lyricism
and intriguing rhythms. Moltoni mixes his wiry and warm guitar with
subdued synth sounds to create a soothing sound that coalesces well
with Hopkins demur and dusky trumpet.
Backed by his usual live group of the last two years, Moltoni pairs
his guitar with synth to create an inviting musical landscape. Trumpeter
Greg Hopkins is his primary melodic counterpart, while electric bassist
Fernando Huergo and drummer Bob Tamagni sparkle as a rhythm section.
Not to say Huergo doesn't add to the harmonies with his active and melodic
Off the beaten path is one way to describe Giovanni Moltoni's music.
Interesting and pleasure-filled are two others.
20th Century Guitar Magazine - Dec. 2008
Moltoni's most appealing album yet... A stunning display of sonic guitar atmospherics.
All about Jazz - Dec. 2008
With his third release as a leader, he communicates an affinity for keen compositional prowess...A refreshing and appealingly articulated endeavor.
- Glenn Asterita
jazz.com "Mystery Box" Song of the day. Dec. 2008
"Giovanni Moltoni and his crew ride a slow-burning, spooky groove, layering much texture and nuance along the way. The unison lines between Moltoni's guitar and Greg Hopkins's trumpet are beautiful in their simplicity. Moltoni's harmonically open guitar/synth arpeggios seem to ask their own questions, to which both Hopkins and bassist Fernando Huergo supply endless commentary."
jazz.com "While we wait" - Dec. 2008
The interplay between the two is reassuringly calm and beautiful...it is melodic music that demanding jazz fans and curious bystanders alike will appreciate.
Ejazzmusic.com - Dec 2008
Giovanni Moltoni releases his most creative recording to date with 3 an album containing a stimulating modern approach to jazz. The repertoire is all original and highly imaginative performed by an unusual quartet of sounds. Giovanni Moltonis 3 is a testament not so much to the guitarists chops on the strings but to his talents as a composer that makes the music on this album challenging and truly entertaining.
Midwest Records - Dec 2008
A nice set of boundary pushing work, Moltoni likes to get to he heart of the matter in a quick, stylish manner. A tasty jazz guitar outing throughout that never takes the easy way out while not making itself a challenge to listen to.
JazzTimes - March 2004
CD, Openground. Moltoni's often-inventive original compositions provide a forum for his progressive harmonies, which he desribes as airy and open... Moltoni's music, it's creative and frequently infectious, a treat for the heart and mind alike.
- Jim Ferguson
Interview with Giovanni Moltoni.
Moltoni's music (he composed all nine tunes on the CD) is soothing without
being treacly or trite, and reminiscent of the moody, ethereal virtuosity
popularized by the German label ECM in the 1970s. Anyone who checks
out Openground will likely be glad he did.
- Bill Beuttler