4 & 1/2 Stars. "... the Italian drummer’s most eclectic yet cohesive record to date.” (Downbeat by Tyran Grillo)
"An inspired recording of original music played by some of the most expressive musicians on the scene today" (Joe Lovano)
"I appreciate this music ... A wonderful album ... Listen to it" (Kenny Werner)
“…excellent contemporary jazz, intense and powerful, moving and inspiring… the emotional depths … are exceptional.” (Jazz Mostly by Bruce Crowther)
“…a musical treasure for the serious jazz lover to embrace and enjoy.” (Musical Memoirs by Dee Dee McNeil)
"Marcello is a brilliant composer and musician but he is also a humanist who communicates with music like few others" (Amazon)
5 STARS! (Amazon)
“One hell of a record… an excellent album either because of or despite the background to the music. Loved it and maybe shed a silent tear.” ( Bebop Spoken Here by Lance Liddle)
“…very, VERY cool jazz for the true aficionado. I give Marcello and his partners a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” (Improvijazzation Nation by Dick Metcalf)
“A heartfelt, touching CD full of thought provoking themes and with high level musicianship throughout. It is a creative, prolific, soulful offering. … Acceptance is truly a gift!” (Terri Lyne Carrington)
"Very soulful, groovy, introspective and hopeful at the same time" (Antonio Sanchez)
"Emotionally shattering new album ... one of the year's most strikingly musical releases" (Jazz Corner)
The New Single "Silent Song" featuring Veronica Pellitteri with the Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea .
"Silent Song is special beyond words" (Terri Lyne Carrington)
"Silent Song" ... acts as both a spiritual reunion between father and daughter as well as a final goodbye. The late Veronica Pellitteri's intensely chilling and emotional vocals, accompanied by a string orchestra and hypnotizing blues guitar, produces an incredibly compelling track that can be deeply felt by its listeners" (Jazz Corner)
5 STARS! (All About Jazz)
My new CD "Aquarius woman" is finally out!
This recording is dedicated to the memory of my daughter, Veronica Pellitteri (1991-2014).
She has taught me that acceptance of unfortunate life experiences is the way to overcome their consequences. Acceptance has transformed my deepest sorrow into this music. I wrote all the music in this CD except for an instrumental cover of Stay, a song by Mikky Ekko and Justin Parker made famous by Rhianna.
This recording features an incredible line up of players from NYC (guitarists David Gilmore and Yotam Silberstein, bassist François Moutin, vocalist Philip Hamilton and organist Gary Versace), as well as the amazing ORCHESTRA GIOVANILE MEDITERRANEA from Palermo, conducted by the sublime Antonio Maniaci. Veronica is also featured on the last track of this CD accompanied by the orchestra, bassist Matthew Parrish and guitarist Kevin Barry. This song she sings, titled Silent Song, was originally recorded by Veronica as the main theme of a score I wrote for a theater play called "Silent Song of Genjer Flower" by Faiza Mardzoeki. I isolated Veronica's vocal tracks and rewrote an arrangement for string orchestra and an unplugged band.
Profits from CD sales will go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund. This fund will FOREVER give a scholarship to a talented graduating student from the Fiorello LaGuardia Performing Arts high school in NYC, where Veronica graduated from in 2009. Veronica was a pianist and a singer. For donations to the fund please go to: