"both can hold their own as performers and composers, as heard on these delightful duo sessions from 2018"New York City Jazz Records, 03-1-2022
Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known protagonists of the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded more than 70 albums under his own name, ranging from piano solo to trio, from duo to quintet. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine critics’ poll (in 1989, 2003, 2008). He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best European Musician” in 1997 and the German Echo Jazz Award in 2014 as “Best International Keyboard Artist”. Pieranunzi has performed his music all over the world in the most prestigious international festivals, from Montréal to Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. For the past ten years, he has been playing more and more in the USA, and has taken part in the San Francisco and Spoleto (Charleston, South Carolina) festivals. He has also been regularly featured in the most important New York clubs, especially the Village Vanguard, where in July 2010 he recorded the album Live at the Village Vanguard with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian. This is the first album ever recorded by an Italian musician (and one of the very few by European musicians) in the legendary diamond shaped 7th Avenue venue. A second Live at the Village Vanguard, recorded in 2015 with Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Clarence Penn, will be released at the end of 2016. Enrico Pieranunzi has composed over 300 pieces, many of which have become standards performed and recorded by musicians all over the world (Night Bird, Don’t Forget the Poet, Fellini’s Waltz).
“Pieranunzi can swing – crisply and surely. But in those tempos, he remains his lyrical self. His music sings” (Nat Hentoff, 1990)
“Enrico Pieranunzi breathes new life into contemporary jazz” (Ray Spencer, Jazz Journal International, 1992) “Remember the name, me, get lost in the music” (Josef Woodard, Jazz Times, 2000)
both can hold their own as performers and composers, as heard on these delightful duo sessions from 2018
New York City Jazz Records, 03-1-2022
... After other pieces that are seamlessly added and for the most part seem restrained, the duo finally turns to the tradition of familiar dialogues with "The Real You." To participate in them is a listening pleasure.
Piano News, 05-5-2021
An intimate, atmospheric and lyrical jazz album has been released by Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris have recorded with "Afterglow"...
BAM! Track 1. Hit. During the first measures I sat up straight, ears pricked up
Klassieke zaken, 15-3-2021
... Recorded back in September 2018 and produced by bassist and composer Jasper Somsen, with whom Pieranunzi has been playing for many years, this album fascinates with a beauty of sound that runs through all eleven of the two musicians' own compositions on the album and that is deeply touching...
Jazz'n More Switzerland, 11-3-2021
It's a record that repays repeated listening, and draws us in to a private world of beauty and exhilaration.
All in all, a very accomplished and satisfying musical engagement.
... On "Afterglow" the jazz pianist from Rome meets the Belgian brass player Bert Joris. And his lyrical playing on trumpet and flugelhorn combines in the mostly very soulful dialogues with the fine touch culture of the Italian...
Medienhaus Bauer, 6 daily newspapers, 25-2-2021
... On the whole, however, the almost puristic harmony of trumpet and piano is dominated by cantabile melodies, silky brilliance, nuanced dynamics and the deliberately cultivated principle of reduction to the core....
Jazzpodium 3 4 2021, 23-2-2021
How they do it, how much is composition and how much inspiration of the moment, I can only guess. But it all hangs together quite brilliantly.
The Guardian, 19-2-2021
On three parts of the album we hardly knew where we were going. Putting something like that on the record was really new to me. - Bert Joris
Enrico and Bert leave us a deep trace of beauty and happiness.
Le Soir, 18-2-2021
On Afterglow, Pieranunzi is featured with Belgian trumpeter, composer and arranger Bert Joris, in one of his most rewarding recent albums.
Jazz Journal, 15-2-2021
... Both are united by the harmonically rich, melodically imaginative and often cantabile fluency of Pieranunzi's delicate piano playing, which meanders through space and time with serene composure. What Bert Joris smoothly shines over with delicately vibrating intensity...
Fono Forum, 10-2-2021
... Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris and Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, two top European jazz musicians, engage in an uncompromising, intense and thoroughly entrancing dialogue on their new album "Afterglow"...
Bayerischer Rundfunk, talk, 09-2-2021
Joy and melancholy alternate, but it is mainly those countless sensitive moments that can touch your soul
... So indulgent yet natural is Enrico Pieranunzi's edgeless piano playing united with the expressive blowing of Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris...
Concerto, Austria, 06-2-2021
... And when the Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris joins Pieranunzi, one notices immediately that the two speak the same musical language. In "People Change" piano and trumpet interweave, merge, dissolve again, become one, become a swaying respite.
WDR, CD of the Week, 04-2-2021
There’s nothing too taxing here, which is all part of the album’s charm. And in our dark and difficult times, Afterglow’s lightness and contemplative mood is a welcome comfort.
The Morning Star, 02-2-2021
... Having recorded well over 70 albums to date, the Roman now adds duo recordings whose simplicity and lyricism impress... "Afterglow" radiates across genres due to Bert Jori's trumpet playing, developing its elegance on the basis of deepening interpersonal improvisations....
... Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris and Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi communicated at the September 2018 session as sensitively as only soulmates can. Who leads? Who lets himself be led?...
Audio 03 2021, 01-2-2021
... A duet accomplice of great elegance. The music and the art of purity.
... Without rhythmic support, a trumpet-piano duo can only function through total complicity, a real empathy in terms of melodic lyricism (Siren's lounge, Afterglow), as well as an innate sense of rhythm (Five plus five). This is the case here with two musicians at the peak of their art.
Jazz halo, 26-1-2021
... In a duo with Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris, Pieranunzi, who has been washed with all the waters of impressionism and modern jazz, shows his experimental side...
The album "Afterglow" breathes fun and manages to touch the listener's heart without any musical frills.
The alternation between slow and rhythmic compositions is almost ideal.
A mostly improvised bundle of compositions of incredible beauty is delivered by pianist ENRICO PIERANUNZI and trumpeter BERT JORIS with their "Afterglow"...
Na Dann, 22-1-2021
...these exquisite duets impart a warm, relaxed and satisfied feeling.
BBC Music Magazine, 21-1-2021
Siren’s lounge, the opener of this duo recording with trumpet player Bert Joris, is such a beautiful cinematic piece and the title piece also has a remarkably modest force
Indeed, humanity and empathy shine through in this fine recording – a privilege to closely listen in on the craft of Enrico Pieranunzi and Bert Joris.
London Jazz News, 18-1-2021
Take a killer jazz piano man, add a trumpeter that knows what to add and when, roll tape and let good things happen. One of those totally amazing albums where so little is really so much...
... Especially beautiful are songs like "Cradle Song For Mattia", where piano and horn shape the melody in unison and furthermore throw the balls to each other within short improvisation passages.
"Afterglow" captivates for its outspoken musicality and an infectious good feeling, which seems to blossom just at the right time as an afterglow of hope for better times
Less is often more, and Afterglow is a good example of that. Strong tunes, burnished performances, clean audio quality. A feelgood album with which to approach the new year.
All about Jazz, 29-12-2020