CD REVIEW: Quiet Stories by Riccardo Chiarion

We have something very special for you all today – this is something that doesn’t come around that often but it’s a very pleasant surprise. We’ve got experimental artist Riccardo Chiarion coming out with a Jazz instrumental album called “Quiet Stories”, which we think is so clever! “Quiet Stories” for anything that has to do with Jazz is quite the laugh because nothing about Jazz is quiet, it’s actually quite chaotic. 

Here’s the beauty in it – there’s a sense of a chaotic calm when you listen to the album. For instance, the first song in the album is called Delicato, which is Italian for delicate, and it’s everything the word delicate portrays. The music, the sound, the cohesiveness is so peaceful, we can easy-feeling in every note. That’s a rarity these days because a lot of artists try too hard to be chaotic that it just sounds awful. 

The Jazz guitar can really take you on a journey to destinations you’d never think were possible. Allow the strings to take you on a joyride to music heaven. Don’t take it from us, hear it from the man himself:

Jazz solo guitar is not so easy.

I always wanted to record an album playing alone but I was waiting for the right moment to do it. So, this is my first step in the world of solo guitar.

I spent the last period practicing my compositions to reach the sound I figured when I wrote them: my goal is to find the right balance between melody and harmony, dynamics and rhythm.  

My idea is not only to improvise over the structure, but underling it with  chords or bass notes or counterpoints creating links with melodic motifs.

My compositions have both melodies that seem to be easy and complex harmonies. A lot of modulations also create some difficulties in improvising over the song’s changes.

I’m inspired by that post modal sound that I heard in compositions by my musical heroes: Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner…

I practiced my original compositions for a long period at home in front of a video and audio recorder: this particular approach made me understand how I could express with sounds, the meaning of my music.

Next step is to travel to as many countries as possible to share these and other new songs with many people whose emotional response will be precious inspiration.

Don’t worry, we’ll do our part to help spread the joy of your music. Click the link below to listen to his entire album “Quiet Stories”, a special instrumental gift from Riccardo Chiarion.


by Javier Zepeda

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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