Third Reel - Many More Days - ECM 2431


Emanuele Maniscalco, who currently splits his time between Copenhagen, Malmö and Brescia, is primarily self-taught as drummer and pianist, although he attended and drew inspiration from the monthly workshops of Stefano Battaglia in Siena between 2001 and 2008. As early influences on his compositional style he cites Carla Bley, Paul Motian and Charlie Haden. Maniscalco played with Enrico Rava for three years and has worked with many of the major players on the Italian scene. He is also a member of the Danish musicians collective ILK.

Saxophonist and clarinettist Nicolas Masson dived into improvised music at the deep end, at 20 encountering Cecil Taylor and J.R. Mitchell in New York and subsequently studying with Frank Lowe and Makanda Ken McIntyre. Meanwhile a leading figure on the Swiss new jazz scene, he has worked with a broad international cast of musicians including Ben Monder, Gerald Cleaver, Kenny Wheeler, Kris Davis, Eivind Opsvik, Russ Lossing, Tom Arthurs and many more.

In addition to his work with Third Reel he leads the band Parallels with Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret and Lionel Friedli. Masson is also active as a photographer. The cover shot of Many More Days is one of his images.

Roberto Pianca studied music at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He has played and worked with artists including Joey Baron, Savina Yannatou, Russ Lossing, John O’Gallagher, Mark Ferber, Johannes Weidenmüller, Rafael Schilt, Christoph Irniger, Stefano Senni, Ben Syversen, Flin Van Hemmen, Jake Saslow, Colin Stranahan, Greg Ruggiero, Sienna Dahlen, Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen, Dan Kinzelman and many others. Besides performing with Third Reel, he leads his own bands and also plays with Swiss/American pop/folk group Rocky Wood.


On tour: After five years as a trio without bass, Third Reel is modifying its aesthetic manifesto for its current run of concerts, on which Maniscalco, Masson and Pianca are joined by US bassist Thomas Morgan. Dates include Geneva (May 22), Lovatens (May 23) and Lugano (May 24). Emanuele Maniscalco and Morgan have previously played together in duo.