Marco Detto
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"Un'anima da suonare"

“............the music of pianist Marco Detto is not looking for side streets, it doesn’t tempt avantgard, Marco just uses classic way of playing piano, supported by a nice technique and propose standard rearranged with authentic passion. As a pianist, Marco Detto prove to have a certain melodic vein, a certain mode, full-bodied and able to harmonize a capacity to alternate the emotions that are sometimes re-echoed in technique of some great personalities of the past. As a composer he has a romantic propensity, which nevertheless doesn’t emphasize and which makes you to be included among an elegant play of the bright-dark." - V. Franchini Corriere della sera

"In the Air"

Cinematographer and jazz documenter Ken Burns might be surprised to find an accomplished scene in the heart of Italy, but Marco Detto is a prime example of the kind of superb mainstream improvisational skill to be found in the land of Popes and pizza. The liners speak of a sense of nostalgia running through Detto’s work. He does tend to look toward the past, his piano comfortable with Ellington, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, as well as his own bop-laced conceptions. Detto is accomplished, his hands dancing across the keyboard, confidently and luxuriously. The highlight of the album, Detto’s almost 15-minute mixed rendition of the Ellington/Strayhorn classics "Take the ’A’ Train" and "Caravan" explodes with familiar delights. Max De Aloes lyrical contribution on harmonica on the closing "Canzone Per Martino" leaves the listener wanting more. While Detto’s trio is hardly revolutionary, it does effectively dig into the pieces, without transforming them. This is the sort of fare that works so well live, in the ambience of the club, when melodic invention and relaxing swing hold sway. - Review by Steven Loewy


as a leader:
Ripples 2006 Real Music piano solo
BlueStones 2006 Real Music
What a wonderful world 2005 Sound Hills - japan edition
Da Lontano - 2004 Real Music
Django - 2003, Map Records
Falling in Jazz with Love - 2002, Map Records
What a wonderful world - 2001, Mingus Live
The Stories of the soul - 2000, Mingus Live
In the air - 1999, Splasch Records
Altrove - 1998, Mingus Live
La Danza dei Ricordi - 1994, Mingus Live
I Sogni di Dick - 1992, Musicattiva
Falling in Jazz with Love - 1992, Musicattiva

participation on other cds:
Jazz In Diretta, Bruno De Filippi - 1989
Stefano Colnaghi Quartet - 1993
Hot Jazz Reunion, Alfredo Ferrario e Stefano Bagnoli - 1993
Down on the Town, Luca Zamponi - 1996
La danza di Matisse, Max De Aloe - 2000
Energy String Island, Luca Campioni - 2001
Friends, Antonello Monni - 2002
Líanima delle cose, Max De Aloe quartet - 2003
Bella ciao ñ The Brand Billa Orchestra 2003
Ieri e Oggi - Franco Cerri 2004
Guccini in jazz - Lorena Fontana 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


Marco Detto was born in Milan in 1962.
At first he studied cello, then he totally devoted himself, as a self taught musician, to the study of the pianoforte.
He began his professional career in 1982, collaborating as a sideman in many different jazz bands.
In 1987 he "gives birth" to his own first jazz group, carrying his name, favouring the trio, and he performs in many jazz clubs.
In 1992 he recorded his first work of standard songs“Falling in jazz with love” , with Marco Ricci and Giorgio Di Tullio and with this ensemble the same year he recorded an original piece of work “I sogni di Dick”.
In 1994 Marco Detto begins to collaborate with Palle Danielsson and Peter Erskine, with whom he recorded the “La Danza dei ricordi”.
In 1998 with Marco Ricci and Stefano Bagnoli, he recorded “Altrove”, a piece of work consisting mainly of very original compositions.
In 1999 he recorded with the same group “In The Air”.
In 2000 Marco Detto receives an invitation by Eddie Gomez in person to perform three concerts with his band featuring L.White and J.Steig, as a replacement for McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea
at the IV . International Festival of classical and jazz music (IV. Festival internazionale di musica classica e jazz) on Elba island.
From this very lucky meeting a new Cd took life in 2001 entitled “What a Wonderful World” which was recorded in New York with E.Gomez and L.White and presented in Italy through a concert tour.
In 2003 he recorded the Cd “Django”, excellently reviewed by japanese jazz magazine Sunny Side, remained in their charts for 2 months on second position.
In 2004 he recorded “Da Lontano” (Massimo Manzi drums, Marco Ricci bass).
In 2005 the japanese label Sound Hills reprinted “ What a Wonderful World”.
In 2006 he recorded BlueStones (Mauro Beggio drums, Stefano Profeta bass, Kyle Gregory trumpet, Antonello Monni tenor sax, Guido Bombardieri clarinet).
"Lasciarsi andare” one song of this album, has won Honorable Mention in the Jazz category in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
In 2006 he also published “ Ripples”, a piano solo album.
He took part in many different radio broadcasts on Rai Radio Tre.
He also took part in one theatrical project of a cultural association “NOEHMA Servi di Scena” directed by professor Teresa Pomodoro in the prisons of Opera and San Vittore,
in theatre Strelher and at University La Statale of Milano.
In parallel to such activities, that keep him busy as a leader, Marco Detto collaborates with historical guitarist Franco Cerri, with whome is recorded “Ieri e Oggi”,
with singer Lorena Fontana, with whom he recorded “Guccini in jazz” and continues a collaboration with the saxophonist Antonello Monni, with whom he recorded “Friends”.