Umberto Fiorentino | Claudio Quartarone – Anamorfosi

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: Reel-To-Reel, 15 ips, ¼", 2-Track Stereo Tape

: Birdbox Records

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  Lorenzo Vella founded the Birdbox Records label in 2021. The company is based near Rome in Italy. Besides his appreciated qualities...


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Lorenzo Vella founded the Birdbox Records label in 2021. The company is based near Rome in Italy. Besides his appreciated qualities as an entrepreneur, he is an affable and passionate person who loves good music that follows ingenuity and whose components are melody and harmony.


He takes care of carefully selected new music projects aimed at lovers who are touched by music like to own records, and share their enthusiasm with like-minded people. Following his passion, he created Nightingale Studios in 2018 in a comfortable living space with a vintage look. The productions are done via analogue tape technology with perfectly maintained equipment from Studer, Ampex, Nagra, Sony and Telefunken. Artists from the jazz scene became aware of him and requested recordings with high-quality audio. For this purpose, a recording environment was created that allowed for a natural sound character. Lorenzo Vella's goal is to allow music or tape lovers to relive the magic moment of the recording.


Jazz guitarist Umberto Fiorentino was born in Rome, Italy in 1956. He became part of the Roman jazz scene in the mid-1970s, playing with musicians of his generation in the clubs of the Italian capital, being a member of various bands and performing in numerous concerts in Italy and abroad. Since 1988 he founded and directed several ensembles. Among many other musicians, he played with Roberto Gatto, Enzo Pietropaoli, Paolo Fresu, Mike Stern and Albert Mangelsdorff. He was named best Italian jazz guitarist in the readers' polls of the jazz magazines Chitarre and Guitar Club. He released four solo albums and as a teacher published videos on the methods of improvisation, techniques and techniques for improvisation. The two books: "Scale!" and "La Chitarra Jazz" complete his work. So, in this recording, one of the leading guitarists of Italian jazz meets Claudio Quartarone, who is considered a new talent on the classical guitar. He saw the light of day in 1984 in Catania (Sicily, Italy), showed his inclination to music at the age of eight and began studying his instrument. Soon he participated in his first competitions, gaining great recognition and winning numerous prizes. In classical guitar circles he is considered a child prodigy. At the age of 19 he discovered jazz and took part in master classes given by internationally renowned teachers and musicians as well as lecturers at the renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston. Through a scholarship, he attended advanced courses starting in 2007. In the same year, trumpeter Enrico Rava became aware of him and sent Claudio Quartarone on tour with his band. Jazz became his main means of expression.


For the first track, "All of Us", a standard closed recording technique with five microphones was used. Lorenzo Vella's idea of using a special binaural recording technique with a Neumann KU100 dummy head for the other tracks is intended to ensure that listeners can better immerse themselves in the music. This should allow intensive docking with what is being played, as well as making people aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the two recording techniques. He was looking for the details that are typical of close miking, but also for the characteristics that a single artificial head microphone offers. Knowing full well that an artificial head recording lends itself well to headphones, he made sure it worked just as well on acoustic speakers. Therefore, the challenge in recording was to reproduce the instruments in the studio, which is about 75 square feet, in such a way that they didn't sound too spatial, so as not to distort listening through acoustic speakers. On the last piece, "In a Sentimental Mood," unusual paths were taken: The rhythm part was entrusted to a drum pattern played in a loop by Protools on a Macbook at 192 kHz 32bit with Metric Halo ULN8 3D converter, McIntosh MC500 amplifier, Audio Research LS1 preamp on B&W 802 D Nautilus. This part was not given to the musicians through headphones and then inserted into the edit, rather the sound was to be created at the same moment in a single recording environment. The audio material was not edited afterwards, but only a slight equalization was applied. The smallest perceptible distortions originate from the amplifier of one of the guitarists.

Sound aspects

The guitars are reproduced dynamically, full-bodied, correct in every nuance and thus very natural. Umberto Fiorentino and Claudio Quartarone produce hardly any string noise, which is conducive to a clean, sidetone-free sound and an unclouded listening experience. The interplay between the two guitarists is very closely traceable.

Music and performance

This music touched me from the first listen. In terms of presence, what is presented is unavoidable for me. I find the seven pieces almost devotional or following a meditative character. Based on different styles and influences of their musical origins and experience, certainly also the age difference, the unique abilities of the two top musicians combine: they play together in an extraordinary and refined way and merge into a unity in the interpretation of the seven pieces. Their interaction follows clear structures on the one hand and yet improvisational elements shine through.


The cardboard box follows its own design: the hinged lid, on the inside of which the album data is printed, is held on the right side by three Velcro fasteners. The RTM metal reel is held centred in the box by a plastic holder. A special feature is a tape stop bar to prevent unwinding. On an enclosed sheet is the album cover and some photos of the musicians. In an envelope are a certificate, an info sheet and a small brochure with info about the studio.


For listeners in whose attention spectrum this kind of music finds its place, this production should be a dream. Anamorfosi is a not everyday, fascinating, and thrilling album, which enjoys a very high artistic value both in terms of the two guitarists, their interaction, and the way of recording, mixing, and mastering. This production seamlessly joins my reference class of high-class studio work.

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Umberto Fiorentino | Claudio Quartarone – Anamorfosi

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