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Il Ritorno 09:12
Shakers 10:48
Strings 03:58
Longings 02:53
XII 03:37
Hope 05:28
Layers 03:51
Ostinato 03:52


After a three-year hiatus Il sogno ("The Dream") is back!
Italian pianist Emanuele Maniscalco (Wurlitzer piano, OB-6 synth), Polish-Danish double bass player Tomo Jacobson and Danish drummer Oliver Laumann join forces again for a very special project commissioned (and entirely funded) by Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia.
Encompassing a wide range of moods, from dreamlike ones (quite fittingly, given the band name) to more throbbing tracks, an original sound identity pervades the entire work – compared to their previous completely acoustic album, this new one leans more towards pop and electronics. Keeping the rhythm section acoustic and adding both an old Wurlitzer and an analog poly synth (instead of an actual piano) allowed Il sogno to create a deep connection between distant worlds.


released May 7, 2021

Emanuele Maniscalco - Wurlitzer, synths
Tomo Jacobson - bass
Oliver Laumann - drums, percussion

All music by Il sogno, except 'Um Gosto De Sol' by Milton Nascimento, 'Turiya & Ramakrishna' by Alice Coltrane, 'Theme for Sweet Pea' by Fiorenzo Carpi, 'Pick A Card, Any Card' and 'Strings' by Emanuele Maniscalco, 'Croatian Jungle' by Oliver Laumann, 'Longings' and 'Western Theme' by Tomo Jacobson.

Recorded at Teatro Grande Brescia on October 2019 by Michele Marelli
Mixed by Michele Marelli and Emanuele Maniscalco at Monolith Studio, Brescia
Mastered by Michal Kupicz

Produced by Emanuele Maniscalco
Executive producing by Marco Valente

Supported by Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia

GLIO47LP/AU5016 & GLIO47CD/AU5015
Released by Gotta Let It Out and Auand Records in 2021

Album reviews:

Best Recordings Of 2021
(All About Jazz - Mark Corroto - USA)

"The melodies on Graduation waste no time blooming, and all of them are bursting with color."
Featured as 'The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: May 2021'
(Dave Sumner - Bandcamp Daily)

"Exciting trio!"
(Jazz Special #11, 2021 - Allan Sommer)

"A delicious record."
(Jan Granile - Salt Peanuts - Norway)

"The trio fearlessly explores territory between genres. (...) The collective intuition of the trio's artistic sensibilities distinguishes this music."
(David Keffer - Poison Pie Publishing House - USA)

"No lazy magic, but a tickle or mesmerizing pull that draws you away from the extended Hurtigruten."
(Bad Alchemy #111 - Rigobert Dittmann - Germany)

"Den er så vild, den her plade."
(Jazznyt - Niels Overgaard - Denmark)

"Excellent follow up album, (...) fresh, exciting and exploring, and yet entertaining."
(Adam Baruch - Soundtrack of My Life - Poland/Israel)

"Warm & spacious."
'Tune of the day' : Sept 9, 2021
(A Jazz Noise - Dave Foxal - USA)

"Visceral, complex, hyper-realistic album, favoring an enthralling sound based on the ability of the musicians to produce dreamlike energy"
(Roma in Jazz - Fabrizio Ciccarelli - Italy)

"Excellent balance between extemporaneousness and minimalism."
(Musicistanonimo - Italy)

"Among the thousand ideas and melodies that run through the entire recording, the musicians throw a stick of dynamite into the crucible of the narrative again and again, spreading anxiety, sewing improvisations with a nervous stitch. Then they boldly escape into psychedelia, or phrases full of mystery, posing dramatic question marks."
(Spontaneous Music Tribune - Andrzej Nowak - Poland)

"Though the group offers up a stylistic array of tunes in an echo-drenched, beyond-this-Earth mode, it maintains start-to-finish cohesion, in spite of the different styles on compositions. Graduation clocks in at a generous seventy-eight minutes of appealingly modern music that never wears out its welcome."
(All About Jazz - Dan McClenaghan - USA)

"holy shit oh ,yeah o,hwha t this is so g"
(A random person on rateyourmusic dot com)

"Exceptional project"
(SKJazz - Patrick Španko - Slovakia)


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Tomo Jacobson Copenhagen, Denmark

Tomo Jacobson is a musician, composer and improviser.
He plays the double bass.

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