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1983 - “Open Mouth Blues”, Red record VPA 169

1985 - “Night Riding” (feat. Glenn Ferris), Red record VPA 190

1988 - “Urban Shout” (feat. Glenn Ferris, Enrico Rava), Splasc(h) H 170

1991 - “The Preacher and The Ghost” (feat. Glenn Ferris, Mark Dresser), Splasc(h) CDH 349 2

1994 - “Free Spirits” (feat. Herb Robertson), Splasc(h) CDH 421 2

1998 - “We still have visions”, Splasc(h) CDH 658.2, Disc two - Nexus/Vertov, “Notes for an imaginary movie”

2002 - “Seize The Time” (Nexus Orchestra feat. Roswell Rudd), Splasc(h) 2CD CDH 841.2/842.2

2004 - “Rivers Of Dreams”, Splasc(h) CDH 865.2


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"Nexus" group was formed in 1980 in Milan (Italy) by Daniele Cavallanti and Tiziano Tononi with the idea of creating a long lasting unit/sound inspired by the most peculiar musical experiences of the ‘60s (Mingus, Coleman, Coltrane, Shepp, Cherry, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Liberation Orchestra etc.), rended in a contemporary context.

In over twenty years of activity Nexus has become more and more a sort of a workshop band in which many different musicians have been playing (Pino Minafra, Luca Bonvini, Paolino Dalla Porta, Roberto Ottaviano, Lauro Rossi, Glenn Ferris, Piero Leveratto, Mark Dresser, Giovanni Maier, Daniele Patumi, Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Herb Robertson, Roswell Rudd) adding their own voices to what has always been, anyway, the “Nexus sound”.

Nexus took part in the most important jazz festivals in Italy: Milano, Clusone, Cagliari, Bolzano, Trento, Roma, Pavia, Noci, Talos Ruvo di Puglia, Venezia. Verona. Toured Germany and Holland in ’82, ’83, ’85 and played at jazz festivals in Wien, Koln, Le Mans, Kempten, Mulhouse, Vilshofen, Gent, Opeye, Saarbrucken St. Ingbert, Tampere, Valence, Vancouver, Braga.

The repertoire of the group consists mainly of original compositions by the two leaders. Specials projects have been dedicated to the music of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Roland Kirk, Duke Ellington and Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman.

Born in Milan, June 6th 1952. Starts listening to jazz and studying saxophone at 14 with classic clarinetist M.° Ezio Zappatini (alto sax for four years and clarinet for two years).
In ‘70 forms the GRUPPO CONTEMPORANEO with trumpeter Guido Mazzon and pianist Gaetano Liguori.
In ‘71/75 plays and records (mainly in the Italian pop scene of that time) with the band AKTUALA, a group experimenting a sort of world music/fusion of jazz/blues and ethnic music with multi instrumentalist Walter Maioli. In the same period plays with the roman pianist Patrizia Scascitelli’s quartet.
In ‘76/77 forms the MUZIC CIRCO quartet with bassist Roberto Bellatalla, drummer Filippo Monico and saxophonist Edoardo Ricci and leads his own trio with Monico and bassist Roberto della Grotta, a trio /quartet with the collaborations of Austrian trombonist Radu Malfatti and American bassist Raphael Garrett.
In ‘78/80 lives in Amsterdam and forms his own quartet with Bellatalla on bass, Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos and Australian drummer Petro Nikiruy. During this period plays also with cellist Tristan Honsinger and saxophonist Sean Bergin who is very important for his formation and approach to the horn as well as contacts and ex-changes with saxophonists David Ware and Marty Eirlich.
In ‘80 is back in Milan and joins the DEMOCRATIC ORCHESTRA OF MILANO of composer and bassoon player Dino Mariani with which plays at festivals in Milan, Grenoble and Rive des Giers, and collaborates with Enrico Rava, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins and Ran Blake.
In December ‘80 forms the group NEXUS with drummer Tiziano Tononi, bassist Paolino Dalla Porta and trombonist Luca Bonvini. Soon after, Nexus is co-leaded with Tononi and becomes a quintet with trumpeter Pino Minafra.
In ‘84 plays in the Big Band at the Jazz Festival in Cagliari conducted by Muhal Richard Abrams and in the Workshop Big Band in Wien conducted by Enrico Rava.
During the early eighties works with the swing band NEW FORTIES BIG BAND and in a be-bop saxophones octet.
From ‘80 to ‘83 studies harmony and arrangement with arranger/composer Angiolo Tarocchi with whom in ‘89 will form the thirteen pieces band JAZZ CHROMATIC ENSEMBLE.
In February ‘90 plays a series of concert with Tononi, pianist Stefano Battaglia and the great American bassist Barre Phillips.
In ‘91 forms his quartet with Battaglia, Tononi and bassist Piero Leveratto with which records in ‘93 with Dewey Redman as guest; plays with the ITALIAN INSTABILE ORCHESTRA; plays and records with roman trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini’s nontet and with the first edition (1992/93) of the G.O.N. (Grande Orchestra Nazionale/National Big Band) created and conducted by Giorgio Gaslini and supported by the A.M.J. (Asso-ciazione Nazionale Musicisti di Jazz/National Association of Jazz Musicians).
During 1993/’94 spends some time in Los Angeles where collaborates with guitarist Nels Cline.
His new quartet currently features Ivano Borgazzi on piano, Tito Mangialajo on bass and Tiziano Tononi on drums.
During his career played with Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Rava, Gianluigi Trovesi, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Radu Malfatti, Raphael Garrett, Glenn Ferris, Mark Dresser, Herb Robertson, Barre Phillips, Jean Jacques Avenel, Oliver John-son, Maggie Nicols, Andrew Cyrille, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, Muhal Richard Abrams, William Parker, Nels Cline, Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Michel Godard, Wolter Wierbos, Willem Breuker, Elliot Sharp, and both with Nexus and the Italian Instabile Orchestra, played all over Europe