Township Nocturne

August, 2021
AMRN067
CD Jewel Box
The Lenox Brothers

Certain music seems to fall into your lap.
As though it were visiting you.

Some sort of day for night, a delicate blue filter, and a blurred outline, just enough to make it soft. Precarious stillness, and one step from darkness along slanting and far-off boulevards.
Uneasy languishing, possibly, in this music born from a recording session at the Wave Ahead Studio in October 2020, a year and a day after Gianni Lenoci passed away.
We were in the studio that was like a second home for him.
The covered piano watched us the whole time.
Not everybody knows about Gianni’s passion for certain TV series from the ‘60s and ‘70s. He was a great fan of the series ‘Columbo’, and he could even recall the earliest episodes, where the aesthetic standard of the Californian middle-class contemplated interior settings, in which paintings by Rothko, Barnett Newman, and McLaughlin came into view…
Or about his passion for Simenon, and the suspense of certain noir fiction he sometimes colored his voicings at the piano with.

A TV-series color, rather nocturnal that we wish to dedicate to him.
Like an original remembrance soundtrack, partly light, partly groovy, and even lyric. Moving as end credits are.

Gianni Mimmo

Certe musiche sembrano poterti cadere in grembo.
Come ti visitassero.

Una sorta di effetto notte, un gentile filtro blu, i contorni sfumati, quel tanto da renderli morbidi. Una quiete instabile e a un passo dal buio, lungo viali obliqui e distanti.
Forse un’inquieta languidezza in questa musica nata in una seduta di registrazione dell’Ottobre 2020 al Wave Ahead Studio, ad un anno e un giorno dalla scomparsa di Gianni Lenoci.
Ci trovavamo nello studio che era un po’ la sua seconda casa.
Il pianoforte coperto ci ha osservato per tutto il tempo.
Non tutti sanno della passione che Gianni nutriva per certe serie televisive degli anni ‘60 e ‘70. Conosceva bene la serie “Colombo” e ricordava i primissimi episodi, nei quali l’estetica della borghesia californiana contemplava scene di interni nei quali comparivano dipinti di Rothko, Barnett Newman e McLaughlin…
O della sua passione per Simenon, la suspense di certo noir di cui colorava talvolta i suoi voicing al pianoforte.

Un colore telefilmico, appena notturno, che desideriamo dedicargli.
Come un’original soundtrack della memoria, in parte lieve, in parte groovy e anche lirica. Una struggenza da titoli di coda.

Gianni Mimmo

Credits: 

Music by F. Cusa / P. Martino / G. Mimmo
Recorded on October 1, 2020 at Wave Ahead studio, Monopoli, Italy
Engineering, mixing, mastering _ Mimmo Galizia
Cover photo: Agua Mimmo
Inside photo: Mimmo Galizia
Liner note: Gianni Mimmo
Translation: Roseanne Rogosin
Graphics: Nicola Guazzaloca
Recording session production: Pierpaolo Martino
Production: F.Cusa, P.Martino and Gianni Mimmo for Amirani Records