Raffaele Casarano and Éric Legnini
Raffaele Casarano and Èric Legnini, the first a Salento saxophonist and the second a French pianist, together form an original duo, because Legnini took part in the realisation of the most recent album by Casarano, Oltremare, published by Paolo Fresu’s label, Tŭk Music. Casarano was the first artist to be chosen by Fresu for his label: Argento, in 2010, was Casarano’s debut album for Tŭk, but the Sardinian trumpet player had participated as guest on the first ever record of the Apulian saxophonist, Legend, in 2005, for Dodicilune. Casarano is undoubtedly one of the most important exponents of the new generation of Italian jazz.
His partner in this concert, Éric Legnini, is Belgian with Italian origins. An important part of his career is linked to two Italian jazz stars, Stefano Di Battista and Flavio Boltro, whom he met in a club in Brussels when the two were playing in the Laurent Cugny orchestra. Legnini is today considered one of the protagonists of the lively French jazz scene. He has worked with artists such as Enrico Rava, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner, Serge Reggiani, Aldo Romano, John McLaughlin, Ivan Lins, Mike Stern, Yusef Lateef, Joss Stone, Kurt Elling, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Milton Nascimento.