Giovanni Mirabassi (one of my preferred Jazz piano trios) – Terra Furiosa

Giovanni Mirabassi

I’ve mentioned Giovanni Mirabassi already in my 25 essential Jazz albums. I consider him one of the best contemporary Jazz pianists.

Unfortunately his masterpiece Architectures is a bit hard to get these days as the rights were sold to a Japanese label.

Terra Furiosa (Discograph/Minimum 2008)

Luckily he has done other recordings that are much easier to purchase, like this 2008 recording,  Terra Furiosa.

On bass, we have Gianluca Renzi who still plays with Mirabassi today, and the American drummer Leon Parker.

Giovanni Mirabassi Gianluca Renzi Leon Parker Terra Furiosa 2008

On this album, you clearly hear the influences of the late Bill Evans style, and also Enrico Pieranunzi. That said, he’s made something very personal out of all this, already given that he essentially plays only his own compositions.

My favorite songs is Last Minutes, where Gianluca Renzi gets some time for a beautiful bass intro, turning into a samba-like rhythm when Parker kicks in.

But even beyond this song, you’ll find stunning melodies, seamless interplay between three outstanding musicians. The music never stops evolving, and while the album remains in a certain mood most of the time, there is never any feeling of boredom at all, there just too much going on.

My rating: 4 stars

You can find it here (Qobuz) and here (HDTracks)