Ferdinando Romano | Totem

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Italian bassist Ferdinando Romano releases his new album titled “Totem” on the 24th of April. The album, his first as a leader, features some of the most interesting new improvisers on the Italian scene alongside renown trumpet player Ralph Alessi.

Perhaps best described as somewhere between ECM sounds, post-bop and contemporary music, Totem is a journey through Ferdinando’s artistic world which has one foot in jazz and one in classical. The one thing that ties it all together is the great attention to the importance of melody. Alongside Alessi, Ferdinando features long-time compatriots Simone Alessandrini (alto & soprano sax), Manuel Magrini (piano), Tommaso Iacoviello (flugelhorn), Nazareno Caputo (vibraphone & marimba) & Giovanni Paolo Liguori (drums).

“With Ralph we found immediately a great feeling and his contribution to music was so deep and natural that seemed we had been playing together for a long time…”


Totem is a narration in music of the monolite made of memories, convictions and roots around which we dance all our life. In the albums liner notes Ferdinando wrote “Artistically, this album represents an important step for me. It is my first work as a leader, entirely thought and written following a personal process. I let myself free in writing music and I got inspired by different sources and directions; in this sense, I feel it is music with no limitations. My love for jazz, my classical composition studies, and the love for contemporary music have melted naturally, without forgetting a continuous search for melody, even in the most dissonant contexts. Getting to the point of writing and realizing this album has been a long but really joyful work for me.”

The album will be distributed in digital CD and vinyl format worldwide by Losen Records.

Release Date: 24 April 2020
Format: CD | Vinyl | Digital
Label: Losen Records

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Last modified: April 8, 2020