Artist: Sergio Armaroli Quintet with Billy Lester     Album: To play Standard(s) Amnesia     Label: Dodicilune     Code: ED384

To play Standard(s) Amnesia

  • To play Standard(s) Amnesia

  • Sergio Armaroli Quintet with Billy Lester

  • 11 December 2017

  • ED384

  • 8033309693842

  • Dodicilune

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Press Release

Esce il 14 dicembre "To play Standard(s) Amnesia" del Quintetto del compositore vibrafonista Sergio Armaroli con il pianista americano Billy Lester, una lettura dei classici "Standard" del jazz in una dimensione cameristica, fedele ai riferimenti stilistici di Lennie Tristano, Sal Mosca. A completare la formazione, Claudio Guida (sax), Marcello Testa (contrabbasso), Nicola Stranieri (batteria).

The Sergio Armaroli Quintet presents with the american pianist Billy Lester a reportoire of Jazz Classical Standards as a tribute to the language of jazz in the history of american music in a chamber size about Lennie Tristano and Sal Mosca cool mood and feeling. Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson and Red Norvo in memory.

BILLY LESTER. Pianist Billy Lester is a late-bloomer on that reticent branch of the jazz tree, the school of Lennie Tristano. An instinctively lyrical yet unfettered improviser who creates original compositions from variations on classic American songs' chord changes, Lester -- like his mentor Sal Mosca, one of Tristano's most acclaimed students -- has developed his art almost in private. A youthful prodigy who was playing by age four, the soft-spoken, self-questioning Lester has taught piano for decades in his hometown of Yonkers just beyond New York City's limits, and devotes himself to family life. But with children now grown, at age 52 he's felt the yen to gig, and finds the public stage surprisingly rewarding.

SERGIO ARMAROLI. A contemporary music and improvisation specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz and experimental music. Armaroli combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a of a unity of experience he completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan and graduated in painting with full marks at the Conservatory “G. Verdi “in Milan, graduating in Electronic Music, Jazz and Percussion Instruments.

Track List

  1) Body And Soul (and Bobby)
  2) You Go To My Head
  3) All The Things You Are
  4) Just Friends
  5) The Nearness Of You (to Milt)
  6) Yesterdays
  7) Autumn Leaves
  8) All Of Me (in Red)
  9) Out Of Nowhere
10) My Old Flame (without Me)

Music - Lyrics by Heyman/Sour/Eyton/Green (1), Coots - Gillespie (2), Kern - Hammerstein II (3), Klenner - M. Lewis (4), Carmichael - Washington (5), Kern - Harbach (6), Kosma - Mercer (7), Marks - Simons (8), Green - Heyman (9), Johnston - Coslow (10).


Sergio Armaroli, vibes
Billy Lester, piano
Claudio Guida, sax
Marcello Testa, double bass
Nicola Stranieri, drums

Recording Data

Total time 63:25 STEREO DDD
p 2017 DODICILUNE (Italy)

Produced by Sergio Armaroli and Gabriele Rampino for Dodicilune edizioni, Italy
Label manager Maurizio Bizzochetti (
Recorded, mixed and mastered July 2015 at Il Pollaio, Ronco Biellese (Bi), Italy
Sound engineer Piergiorgio Miotto
Cover artwork by Sergio Armaroli
Photos by Antonella Trevisan

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