Massimo Biolcati – “Incontre” Sounderscore Music
Swedish born, New York Jazz performer Massimo Biolcati feels 21st Century jazz has become global in its following. First professionally playing jazz at 16 in Turin, Italy, he returned to Stockholm to study jazz and subsequently was given a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He later auditioned for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC where Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Terence Blanchard, all legends of jazz, judged the audition and decided if Biolcati would be admitted. He was the only bassist selected. His latest release, “Incontre,” is ten years from his first release and is a collection of songs he has been performing over the last few years. Stylistically, this is a work of traditional jazz and perhaps somewhat unique, features the bass as the principal instrument. His arrangements are superb, and the horn, piano and percussion accompaniment all blend well together. This is very soft, melodic music and in my view, “mood inducing.” This is a well-done release by a seriously talented musician. It will fit in very well in any traditional jazz collection.