Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The duo format is the most intimate dialogue between two musicians, a time when each player has to give up, dig deep to draw out the music from the instruments, the scores, from improvisations by the other. All this happens magically and so it has been from the first time Nico Gori played with Fred Hersch. The two musicians met together in July 2010 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. Nico Gori was playing in the ensemble of the Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Fred Hersch in Trio +2. Immediately they were drawn by the other's sound. The musical and human partnership between them, born from the desire to make music with each other, to explore, to get to know music, is understood as the highest and most noble goal, without any prejudice and clichés.
All About Jazz - Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Clarinetist Nico Gori and pianist Fred Hersch both played the North Sea Jazz Festival in July 2010 and struck up a friendship riding together on the bus from the performance site to the hotel. Soon thereafter they began a series of duo gigs in Europe and New York. The studio recording Da Vinci captures the strong element of fellowship between the Italian and the American.
Gori is most visible as member of pianist Stefano Bollani's group. Hersch, meanwhile, has established a strong reputation for his solo playing, notably including the Grammy-nominated Alone At The Vanguard (Palmetto, 2011).
For Hersch, the album provides an opportunity to add another instrument to what would have undoubtedly been strong solo performances. Hersch's compositions heard here have the weighty inevitability of old chestnuts - it's hard to believe these are new songs. They sound like old European songs with classical resonances ("Da Vinci," "Mandevilla"), old blues ("Down Home"), or standards from the songbook ("At The Close Of The Day"). ... read more...
Personnel: Nico Gori (clarinet); Fred Hersch (piano).
Audio Mixer: Stefano Amerio.
Liner Note Authors: Nico Gori; Fred Hersch.
Recording information: Artesuono Recording Studios, Cavalicco, Italy.