Four On Six's music collects different genres; swing, italian jazz, rock and traditional music are all proposed with a special and unique manouche swing style. Classical and experimental sounds are mixed together through the pompe rhythm of Gypsy music.
The project began in 2010 and to date Four On Six represent one of the most well know and appreciated jazz manouche band in Italy with several concerts around the country and abroad (Asia: Japan and Korea, France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and England).
Jazz&Swing Manouche | Nu Jazz | Classical and Rock
1. Zingarella This song is an arrangement inspired by a popular Sicilian composition (Sicily is the island located in south of Italy). A very famous piece in the city of Agrigento, the city of the Valley of the Temples (birthplace of Fausto - founder of the group) that is performed by local street music bands during the festivities of San Calogero, the saint venerated by everyone in town who helped the poor sick with plague by throwing bread from his balcony to feed them. Four On Six band like to play this tune and you can find several different versions on YouTube also with russian and ukranian musicians at Balalaika and Dumra.
2. Nino Rota Medley: This is suite arranged in a jazz style as tribute to Nino Rota, one of the greatest contemporary Maestro italian had. His soundtracks have made the history of Italian cinema, especially in Fellini's films (Amarcord, 8e1/2, Romeo e Giulietta)
3. Swinghettino Original composition is last single of the album, thanks to the videoclip of this song (in which the musicians are represented as puppets in a puppet theater) the band was called to perform at the Django Festival in Liberchies (Belgium) , birthplace of Django Reinhardt, the famous jazz manouche guitarist who changed the history of European jazz.
4. Sambouche: Keywords: New, modern, samba and rock sounds in a manouche key. The exposure of the theme, riffs and obliged always keep the attention high giving space to moments of improvisation and a new sound that embraces Brazil and the samba.
5. Gringo: Notes: a sweet atmosphere, open and melodic sounds, the Clarinet theme recalls the masters Morricone and Rota.
6. Missing Step Notes: a fast swing with a strong rhythmic propulsion ("Missing step"), speed and modernity of dialogue between the various instruments
7. Notte Greca Notes: Greek Night is an intimate, nocturnal and youthful song. Born on a rock, by the sea. Born as a song is born: in an irrepressible and spontaneous (in an hour by Alessandro and then enriched with the collective arrangement of the band) wants to be a tribute to the manouche waltzes (similar is the structure of the theme), Waltzer that represent an inspiration for the group being a reference point of the gypsy and traditional European repertoire.
8. Balla(d) ma non troppo Notes: the beginning of the piece can be considered a classic ballad manouche (2 guitars and double bass) generating a relaxed atmosphere, perfect to conclude the album that spans between genres and different styles, the structure is articulated in an unexpected way developing sound and unconventional harmonies.
9. Colpo di Testa Notes: Is the tune that gives the title to the new album; an initial suspanse followed by a pressing theme highlighted by the unison that enshrines the clear change, the new directional change of the band: the “Colpo di Testa” which means header, is an italian expression to indicate not only the header of a football player but also some sudden reaction or a very important decision take by a person in his life.
10. La stretta dell’introduzione (from La Traviata) - G.Verdi 11. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ouverture) - G.Rossini Notes: An unusual arrangement - two overtures from Traviata and Barbiere di Siviglia reproposed with a typically gypsy jazz ensemble: 2 manouche guitars, double bass, violin and clarinet - give a new, but at the same time joyful garment that wants to be a hymn to Italy, to classical music and to our tradition.
12. Dark Eyes (Russian traditional) + Czarda (V.Monti) + Bella Ciao (italian popular) 13. Les poinconneur des lilas (S.Gainsbourg)
Italian and jazz songs, singed by Alessandro Centolanza and Martino Pellegrini:
1. Via Con Me (Paolo Conte): Paolo conte is one of the most famous jazz singers in Italy.
2. Amara Terra Mia (Modugno, the composer of Nel Blu dipinto di Blu): the song lyrics is about the emigrants from South Italy forced to leave the country to find a new life, a new future.
3. Sotto le stelle del Jazz (Paolo Conte)
4. I’ll see you in my dreams (Django Reinhardt / I.Jones / G.Kahn)
5. Puttin on the ritz (I.Berlin)
The second album by Four On Six “Colpo di Testa” has been released on Friday, October 12, 2018 for Irma Records label. The Italian band to date represent one of the most well know and appreciated jazz manouche band in Italy with several concerts around the country and abroad.
The album represents a directional change and highlights a global growth of the group; a look forward to the future without forgetting the past.
Direct, pleasant, varied and mixed, these are the emotions aroused.
The overture of the Barbiere di Siviglia (a tribute to the traditional Italian music arranged in an unusual manocuhe jazz style) followed by other tunes (all original compositions) entertain the listener with a mix of sounds ranging between genres: jazz, nu jazz, classical and folk music, swing and rock are proposed in a manouche style.