Sleeping Gypsy (Remastered) Franco Ambrosetti & Don Sebesky

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Label: Gryphon Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Hard Bob

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  • 1The Sleeping Gypsy08:30
  • 2Skylark08:55
  • 3Lugano Lady06:14
  • 4Johanna08:01
  • 5Demoiselle07:00
  • Total Runtime38:40

Info for Sleeping Gypsy (Remastered)

Ambrosetti's best solo album ever. At the height of his powers, the Swiss trumpetist shows why he is one of the top all-time flugelhorn players, alongside Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard and Chuck Mangione. Don Sebesky provides sumptuous scores in the lush CTI style, and contributes with two original tunes: the haunting title track "Sleeping Gypsy" (the guitar intro recalls the Jay Berliner performance on "For Someone I Love," from the Sebesky-arranged Milt Jackson's "Sunflower" album) and the fusion-oriented "Lugano Lady."

There's also an inspired version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" (a tune he had arranged for CTI sessions by Paul Desmond and Roland Hanna, this time a vehicle for a great solo by Eddie Daniels on tenor), and lovely ballads by Stephen Sondheim ("Johanna") and Tito Fontana ("Demoiselle.")

Franco Ambrosetti, flugelhorn
Eddie Daniels, tenor saxophone
George Gruntz, piano
Barry Miles, synthesisers
Joe Beck, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Grady Tate, drums
Portinho, percussion

Produced by Norman Schwartz

Digitally remastered

Franco Ambrosetti
was born in Lugano, Switzerland, on December 10th, 1941.

His father is Flavio Ambrosetti, alto-saxophonist, bandleader and BeBop pioneer in the European jazz scene in the 1940’s. He studied classical piano for nearly 9 years, then switched to trumpet at the age of 17, completely self-taught.

Franco Ambrosetti has had dual careers as a very successful businessman, and as a fine trumpeter and flügelhornist inspired by Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. His father Flavio Ambrosetti was an excellent saxophonist. Franco had piano lessons for eight years but is self-taught on trumpet, which he did not take up until he was 17. In 1972, he was one of the founders of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and through the years he has recorded quite a few worthy hard bop-ish albums for Enja in addition to leading his own groups.

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