Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi’s Situations for Sax: Smooth Jazz – Easy Listening – 1980s (2014) Deneb Records

In June 2014, Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi’s Situations For Sax: Smooth Jazz – Easy Listening – 1980s was released by Italy’s Deneb Records. The digital album showcases eighteen new compositions including “The Explorer,” “Sexy Game,” “Kamasutra,” “Catwoman,” “City Action,” “Happy People,” “Top Of The World,” “No Limits,” “Student Love,” “Mosquito Sax,” “Blue Song,” “Superman,” and “Business Is Business.”

Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi - Situations For Sax (2014) Deneb Records - Flippermusic

Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi – Situations For Sax: Smooth Jazz – Easy Listening – 1980s (2014) Deneb Records

The entire Situations for Sax: Smooth Jazz – Easy Listening – 1980s album has recently been uploaded to the Internet.

Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi’s Situations for Sax is on YouTube:

Situations For Sax: Smooth Jazz – Easy Listening – 1980s is the third full length album by composer-producer Stefano Torossi and Pizzale. Their first collaboration was Music Service, Vol. 21 for Bella Musica in 1995.

Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi - Music Service 21 (1995) Bella Musica

Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi – Music Service 21 (1995) Bella Musica

In 2011, Claudio Pizzale, Roberto Masala, and Stefano Torossi released Ethnometropolis: Multicultural Metropolitan Soundtrack for Deneb Records–all three currently available as digital downloads in most markets from both Amazon and iTunes. Pizzale, a veteran session man who plays the saxophone, piano, and classical guitar, among other instruments, also composes and sings.

Ethnometropolis (2011)

Roberto Masala, Claudio Pizzale, and Stefano Torossi – Ethnometropolis: Multicultural Metropolitan Soundtrack (2011) Deneb Records/Flippermusic

Claudio “Chato” Pizzale and Stefano Torossi collaborated on several songs previously on compilations for Fonit Cetra/Rai Trade and ExtraBall Records. “Pompeiana,” with R. Petteruti, on Commenti musicali: Musica d’epoca – Prehistoria e storia antica (1993) and “Wild Wind,” “Time Is Money, and “Easy Life,” on Commenti musicali: Young Music – Young Ideas (1993), were all produced by Torossi.

Commenti musicali: musica d'epoca - preistoria e storia antica (1993) [Fonit Cetra/RAI] [Italy] (CDFC 4051)

Various Artists – Commenti musicali: musica d’epoca – preistoria e storia antica (1993) Fonit Cetra/Rai Trade

Claudio Pizzale’s “Time Is Money” from Commenti musicali: Young Music – Young Ideas, produced by Stefano Torossi, is on YouTube:

More New Releases in June and July

Other new releases featuring the music of Stefano Torossi this month include Mumbai Nights: Sounds & Atmospheres From India (2014), Oriental Spell: Refined World Music from Asia (2014), Classic Sensations: Instrumental Chamber Music (2014), Cello Passion: A Fine Cello Solos Collection (2014), Gypsy Life: Music from Eastern Europe (2014), Surf Rockin’: A Great Rock’n’Roll Selection (2014), and Jazz Roulette: A Great Jazz Session Night (2014), all compilations from ExtraBall Records, in addition to the digital downloads out today and tomorrow, Jazz On The Sea: A Refined Smooth Jazz Selection and Italian Cocktail: Fresh Easy Music To Drink To.

Jazz On The Sea: A Refined Smooth Jazz Selection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Jazz On The Sea: A Refined Smooth Jazz Selection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Antonio Sechi and Stefano Torossi’s “Blue Sax,” an instrumental featuring piano and saxophone, appears on Jazz On The Sea: A Refined Smooth Jazz Selection.

June releases include Bahia Bar: A Fresh Bossa Nova Cocktail (2014), So Delicate: Romantic Piano Solo Serenades (2014), and Green Life: Ambient & New Age Sounds from Mother Nature (2014), all on ExtraBall Records, another compilation, Capocolonna luce dell’anima (2014) released by Anna Cynthia Agostino, in addition to Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi’s Situations For Sax: Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, 1980s album.

Italian Cocktail: Fresh Easy Music To Drink To (2014), available 24 July, features Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi on another compilation, this time joined by Roberto Masala on “Cocktail Hour.”

Italian Cocktail: Fresh Easy Music To Drink To (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Italian Cocktail: Fresh Easy Music To Drink To (2014) ExtraBall Records

Roberto Masala, Claudio Pizzale and Stefano Torossi’s “Cocktail Hour” is available in MP3 and WAV format at UBM Media.

Luca Proietti, Valeria Nicoletta, and Stefano Torossi’s “Monsoon” was included in the Mumbai Nights: Sounds & Atmospheres From India (2014) compilation released by ExtraBall Records earlier in the week (22 July).

Mumbai Nights: Sounds & Atmospheres From India (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Mumbai Nights: Sounds & Atmospheres From India (2014) ExtraBall Records

The three composers also had a track, “Ave Maria,” selected for the just-released Capocolonna luce dell’anima (2014) compilation CD of traditional songs inspired by liturgical texts and traditions associated with the devotion to the Virgin Mary. The album also features a previously unreleased composition from Tina and Valeria Nicoletta, “Mira il tuo popolo,” that was arranged by Luca Proietti.

Capocolonna luce dell'anima (2014)

Various Artists – Capocolonna luce dell’anima (2014) Anna Cynthia Agostino

A video introducing Capocolonna luce dell’anima that includes excerpts from Luca Proietti, Valeria Nicoletta, and Stefano Torossi’s “Ave Maria,” Tina and Valeria Nicoletta’s “Mira il tuo popolo,” arranged by Luca Proietti, and more is on YouTube:

Oriental Spell: Refined World Music from Asia (2014) featuring four compositions from Stefano Torossi and various collaborators includes Ari Takahashi, Leonardo Svidercoshi, and Stefano Torossi’s “Sakyamuni” and “Geisha,” Piero Montanari and Stefano Torossi’s “Japanese Ceremony,” and Leonardo Svidercoshi and Stefano Torossi’s “Gate Of China.”

Oriental Spell: Refined World Music from Asia (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Oriental Spell: Refined World Music from Asia (2014) ExtraBall Records

Classic Sensations: Instrumental Chamber Music (2014), a new compilation features Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi’s “Teardrops (Alternative Version),” “Passion Flame,” and “Devotion (Solo Piano).”

Classic Sensations: Instrumental Chamber Music (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Classic Sensations: Instrumental Chamber Music (2014) ExtraBall Records

A video for Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi’s “Teardrops (Alternative Version)” has been uploaded to the Internet by the pianist-composer:

A strings version of Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi’s “Devotion” also appears on the Cello Passion: A Fine Cello Solos Collection (2014) digital download from ExtraBall Records.

Cello Passion: A Fine Cello Solos Collection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Cello Passion: A Fine Cello Solos Collection (2014) ExtraBall Records

The solo piano version of “Devotion” by Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi is also on So Delicate: Romantic Piano Solo Serenades (2014), an album released in mid-June by ExtraBall Records.

So Delicate: Romantic Piano Solo Serenades (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – So Delicate: Romantic Piano Solo Serenades (2014) ExtraBall Records

“Devotion (Piano Solo Version)” by Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi is here:

Guitarist-composer Federico Ferrandina and Stefano Torossi had music included on two new compilations, Gypsy Life: Music from Eastern Europe (2014) released in 15 July and Bahia Bar: A Fresh Bossa Nova Cocktail (2014) released 19 June, both by ExtraBall Records.

Gypsy Life: Music from Eastern Europe (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Gypsy Life: Music from Eastern Europe (2014) ExtraBall Records

Federico Ferrandina and Stefano Torossi’s “Gypsy Waltz,” “Manouche Waltz,” and “Gypsy Passion” appear on the first album and “Sun And Fun” is part of the second release.

Bahia Bar: A Fresh Bossa Nova Cocktail (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Bahia Bar: A Fresh Bossa Nova Cocktail (2014) ExtraBall Records

Antonello Vannucchi, Maurizio Majorana, and Stefano Torossi’s “Dinner For Two” is on the new ExtraBall Records’ compilation Jazz Roulette: A Great Jazz Session Night (2014).

Jazz Roulette: A Great Jazz Session Night (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Jazz Roulette: A Great Jazz Session Night (2014) ExtraBall Records

Surf Rockin’: A Great Rock’n’Roll Selection (2014), a compilation that has just been released, features Stefano Torossi and Alessandro Varzi’s “Bye Bye California.”

Surf Rockin': A Great Rock'n'Roll Selection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Surf Rockin’: A Great Rock’n’Roll Selection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Green Life: Ambient & New Age Sounds from Mother Nature (2014), a compilation album featuring five tracks by Stefano Torossi, was released 20 June. Tracks include Leonardo Svidercoschi and Stefano Torossi’s “Nile” and “Zion,” Piero Montanari and Stefano Torossi’s “Time Glide,” Leandro Piccioni and Stefano Torossi’s “Misticism,” and “Bamboo Garden,” a composition by Ari Takahashi, Leonardo Svidercoschi, and Stefano Torossi.

Green Life: Ambient & New Age Sounds from Mother Nature (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Green Life: Ambient & New Age Sounds from Mother Nature (2014) ExtraBall Records

A video for an art gallery that uses Ari Takahashi, Leonardo Svidercoschi, and Stefano Torossi’s “Bamboo Garden” composition, a lively instrumental piece of production music that has been used in a number of projects, is on YouTube:

Italian Ensembles: Classical Chamber Music Collection (2014)–actually released at the end of May by ExtraBall Records, features a pair of songs from Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi, “Lonely Melody” and “Romantic Piano (Strings Version).”

Italian Ensembles: Classical Chamber Music Collection (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Classical Chamber Music Collection (2014) ExtraBall Records

In fact, Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi’s “Lonely Melody” was also on Classiclove: Classical Romantic Melodies (2014), another late May release. Their “Teardrops” composition is also included–an alternative version of “Teardrops” by Furlani and Torossi is located above.

Classiclove: Classical Romantic Melodies (2014) ExtraBall Records

Various Artists – Classiclove: Classical Romantic Melodies (2014) ExtraBall Records

Maurizio Furlani and Stefano Torossi’s “Lonely Melody” is on YouTube:

To wrap-up this overview of recent albums featuring the music of Stefano Torossi, it is back to the co-composer of Situations For Sax: Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, 1980s, Claudio Pizzale.

Claudio Pizzale - Chato (2008)

Claudio Pizzale – Chato (2008) UM Records

An online EP for Claudio Pizzale’s Chato (2008) that begins with an introduction to each track and includes three album cuts, “Dream World,” “Song For Thinking,” and “Bye, Bye Love,” is on YouTube:

And one last track, “Naina na” from Popularia, a 1984 album in which Claudio Pizzale plays an electronic wind instrument called a lyricon (first manufactured by Massachusetts company Computone Inc.):

Lost Tracks From Withdrawn Giancarlo Gazzani LP Featuring Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi Emerge

Giancarlo Gazzani - Musica per commenti sonori (1970s) Costanza Records (CO 10010)

Giancarlo Gazzani – Musica per commenti sonori (1970s) Costanza Records (CO 10010)*

“Aggressione” and “Faccia di bronzo,” a pair of tracks by Giancarlo Gazzani featuring Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi from their withdrawn Musica per commenti sonori album for Costanza Records, have appeared on the Internet for the first time in the last ten days.

“Aggressione” is currently here:

“Aggressione” and “Faccia di bronzo” were part of the 9-track album Giancarlo Gazzani recorded with Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi in Milan and Rome between February and July 1974. The album was directed and arranged by Gazzani.

The same three famed composers also collaborated on “Faccia di bronzo”:

 

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