CARLO MEZZANOTTE & SYNTAXIS started in 1994 as a contemporary electric jazz project, with complex arrangements and an immediacy of musical impact. It is city music, charged with urgency: To play it, you need musicians with a strong jazz background, and also energy, power of communication, warmth of tone, will to experiment.The personnel is: Carlo Mezzanotte (Piano, Keyboards, Composition), Massimiliano Rosati (Guitar), Valerio Serangeli (Bass), Stefano Pacioni (Drums). With this organic, the group has played concerts and festivals in the Rome area.The first CD, "Visibile" (Iktius IKT504) came out at the beginning of 1997. Soon the band recorded another one, but a series of mishaps delayed its publication till July 2000, three years later.
"Cieli Diversi" ("Different Skies", MAP SC.CD0206) pursues and expands the musical world of "Visibile", trying out different starting points on the ideal line that joins acoustic and electric music, all unified by a strong jazz feeling.
The third CD, "La Linea" (YVP 3129), adds a few guests to the basic lineup: Sax great Maurizio Giammarco (heard here on alto exclusively, a rare occurrence) and guitar virtuoso Umberto Fiorentino. Their contribution adds a new 'acoustic' flavor to the overall sound, but synthesizers are still well present, only with an effort to integrate them even better with this 'jazzier' environment. A work of ample purposes, with articulated, non-conventional arrangements.
A fourth CD, to be called "Lighter", is in the works.