Riccardo Del Fra

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Riccardo del Fra at the Cinematheque de Bercy in Paris 2008

Riccardo Del Fra (born February 20, 1956 in Rome ) is an Italian jazz musician ( double bass ) who is also active as a composer and arranger.

Live and act

Del Fra first learned guitar, then electric bass, but then switched to double bass. He studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Rome and then attended the Frosinone Conservatory . Then he took u. a. with the RAI orchestra and got in touch with the film music scene. He played in the film music for Federico Fellini's “City of Women” and for Ennio Morricone . He also played in Italian jazz bands and accompanied traveling musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie . Lee Konitz , Sonny Stitt , Kai Winding , Bob Brookmeyer , Johnny Griffin , Toots Thielemans , Art Farmer , Tommy Flanagan and from 1979 regularly Chet Baker . In the 1980s he moved to Paris , where he formed a busy rhythm section with pianist Alain Jean-Marie and drummer Al Levitt .

In 1989 he received the “Grand Prix FNAC” for his homage to Chet Baker with Rachel Gould , “A Sip of Your Touch”. In the 1990s he played in the quartet of Bob Brookmeyer and for their album "Paris suite" they received the "Prix de l´Academie Jazz" in 1994. From 1996 he worked with the Breton singer Annie Ebrel on fusion projects between jazz and Breton folk music (album “Voulouz Loar”, Italian “Velluto di luna” 1998). Together they performed at various international festivals and in 2001 at the Parisian “Théâtre de la Ville” “Flouradenn” (with Paolo Fresu and the clarinetist Laurent Dehors ). In 2005 he published with young musicians from the “ Conservatoire national supérieure de musique et de dance ” as part of his “Jazzoo” project “Roots and Roses”. Del Fra also works with the pianist Michel Graillier ("Soft talk" 2000).

Since 2004 he has been head of the jazz and improvising music department at the “ Conservatoire national supérieure de musique et de dance ” in Paris, where he has been teaching double bass since 1998.

Del Fra also worked as a film composer, a. a. for the Belgian filmmaker Lucas Belvaux . He also composed commissioned compositions a. a. for the Paris Jazz Festival (“Silent Call” 1992) and on behalf of the French Ministry of Culture (“Julesverniana” for soprano saxophone and symphony orchestra 2005).

In 2006 he received the Django d'Or (France) as "Established Musician". In 2003 he became " Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ", in 2014 Officier des Arts et des Lettres

In 2009 the ensemble intercontemporain commissioned Riccardo del Fra for two compositions. The two works "Sky Changes" and "Tree Thrills" were performed in March 2009 under the direction of Susanna Mälkki with Dave Liebman as soloist on saxophone. In October 2010 the two works were performed again in New York at the Manhattan School of Music , again with Dave Liebman as the soloist. A CD of the same name was released in 2012 by the Jazzheads label, New York.

In 2011 the international jazz festival commissioned Marciac Del Fra with the conception and composition of a tribute to Chet Baker , which he performed with Roy Hargrove , trumpet, Pierrick Pedron , alto saxophone, Bruno Ruder , piano, himself on double bass and Billy Hart , drums and the orchestra of Conservatory of Toulouse realized. In 2013 he presented My Chet My Song in a French-German quintet line-up (with Sebastian Sternal among others ) for the first time in Germany. In September 2014 the CD with the same title was released by Cristal Records, France, which Del Fra recorded with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra and Jazz Quintet (in May 2015 the Parco della Musica label released the CD in Italy). His project Hope – Espoir – Nadzieja with Tomasz Dąbrowski , Jan Prax , Carl-Henri Morisset and Kuba Gudz was presented for the first time in 2016 at Genshagen Castle , then presented in Paris, Wrocław and Rome.

Discographic notes

  • Mr. B Chet Baker Trio (Timeless, 1983)
  • Chet Baker Trio live at Ronnie Scott's (Jazzdor, 1986 and DVD, Wadham Film - Hendring, 1986)
  • Chet Baker Sings Again Chet Baker Quartet (Timeless, 1986)
  • La Note Bleue (IDA Records 1986) with Barney Wilen
  • French Ballads (IDA Records, 1987) with Barney Wilen
  • A Sip of Your Touch (IDA Records, 1989)
  • Sorserez (1995) with Jacques Pellen
  • Paris Suite Bob Brookmeyer New Quartet (Challenge, 1995) with Bob Brookmeyer
  • Double Take (RAM Records 1998) with Joe Diorio
  • Voulouz Loar - Velluto di Luna (GWP, 1998) with Annie Ebrel
  • Soft Talk (Sketch, 2000) with Michel Graillier
  • Overnight (Sketch, 2002) with John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler
  • Empreintes (Sketch, 2003) with Bruno Angelini , Ichirō Onoe
  • Roses and Roots (Nocturne, 2005) with Bruno Ruder, Sylvain Rifflet , Joey Baron u. a.
  • John Ruocco : Am I Asking Too Much ( Pirouet , 2008) with John Taylor
  • Sky Changes (Jazzheads, 2012) with Dave Liebman , Benjamin von Gutzeit, Manhattan School of Music Chamber Jazz Ensemble & Tactus under the direction of Justin DiCioccio
  • My Chet My Song ( Cristal Records , 2014) with Airelle Besson , Pierrick Pedron , Bruno Ruder, Billy Hart
  • Moving People (Cristal Records, 2018) with Kurt Rosenwinkel , Tomasz Dąbrowski, Jan Prax, Rémi Fox, Carl-Henri Morisset, Jason Brown
  • Chet Visions (Cristal, 2019)



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