— The Jazz Times, USA
Once in a while an artist comes along who produces music unlike anything you’ve heard. Avant-gardebass-focused jazz composition has rarely sounded so gorgeous.
— Bass Player magazine, USA
His music is unusually and unexpectedly fresh.
— Jazz Man Magazine, Paris, France
Carlo Mombelli’s music is that of a quintessential Prisoner of Strange. It’s visionary, emotional and experimental in a society that doesn’t applaud artistry and integrity. His music sits on the cusp of sanity, where madness and brilliance share space, where true art resides. Mombelli has found in his music the expressive soul of the developing world mixed with the technical profundity of the classical world.
— The Sunday Independent
Mombelli … is still very much in rude creative health. He is still pushing the limits of sound and writing challenging, beautiful work. As an educator, he is molding and mentoring the next generation of South African musicians. Carlo Mombelli is nothing short of a national treasure – you cannot argue with the depth, passion and inventiveness of his music.
— The Mail & Guardian
— BBC Radio, London
Trim size: 295 x 210mm
Page count: 228
Imagery: Music scores; full colour and black and white photographs and illustrations
Publication Date: August 2019
This book is primarily a book of Carlo Mombelli’s recorded works. However, you will find not only the lead sheets or scores of his compositions from the stories of his life but also chapters about his musical ideas and concepts and theories about performance, listening, learning and teaching, so that you can gain insight into where and how those compositions were created.
The views expressed in this book are Mombelli’s alone and come from his experience as a bassist and composer, and the music concepts apply to all instrumentation. He tends to write from the viewpoint of being a jazz musician and an improviser – even though he is not sure if his compositions fall into that genre, as he has never wanted to be stuck in a box.
Mombelli expresses his feelings and thoughts on music performance and composition: things that he has learnt and believes in as they have worked in his life as a musician.
However, there are many different concepts, many different ways to practise and learn, and many ways to perform and achieve your goals. And there are many different styles of music. Whether you agree or disagree with him, it’s all good.
Mombelli has placed his writings in this book under six headings:
- Tone, Taste, Time, Ears and Technique
- Passion, Patience, Perseverance and Practice
- Composition and Improvisation
- Learning and Teaching
- Music Scores and Lead Sheets (over 100 compositions)