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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rossano Sportiello: Live from the Flat #36 - June 15

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rossano Sportiello (piano); Pasquale Grasso (guitar)

Since October last year Italian-born, NYC-resident pianist Rossano Sportiello has been live streaming on a weekly basis from his Greenwich Village flat. Most weeks Sportiello has a guest musician with him, this evening fellow Italian, guitarist Pasquale Grasso joined him to play an hour's worth of choice standards.  

As our duo began to play Out of Nowhere it was striking how large Pasquale Grasso's hands are! Tal Farlow was noted for his wide span on the fretboard, Grasso appears to have a similar gift/advantage. Our host, Sportiello, exudes warmth, smiling all the while, a most elegant pianist utilising his classical background, a master of Harlem stride and other styles. 

 I Cover the WaterfrontHave You Met Miss Jones?, our duo weaving in and out of one another's solo lines, Sportiello with his back to Grasso, a trusting, telepathic pairing. Grasso's solo rendition of Have You Met Miss Jones? held the online audience spellbound - what a great player! Anything Mr Grasso can do...the ever-elegant Mr Sportiello treated us to a Neapolitan song from his youth. 

There's No You (recorded by Jo Stafford and Frank Sinatra), beautifully played, brought us almost to the end of a most enjoyable set. Almost...Sportiello thought it a good idea to go out on Sweet Georgia Brown. Boy! These guys can play!            Russell

Set list: Out of NowhereNostalgiaPennies from HeavenI Cover the WaterfrontSoonHave You Met Miss Jones?; a Neapolitan song; There's No YouSweet Georgia Brown

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