NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
Ft. Luca Alemanno (bass) and Mark Ferber (drums)
STRACCI, meaning "Rags" in Italian, is Michael's take on a self-titled album - paying tribute to his Italian heritage and childhood nickname, and featuring songs that incorporate his roots as a classical pianist.
Released August 25, 2023.
“There are some stellar younger jazz pianists working today, such as Emmet Cohen, Kenny Banks Jr, and Paul Cornish, and that if you are going to play in this league, you must have a style which sets you apart from the rest. Michael Ragonese falls into that category as evidenced by his latest release "Stracci." Ragonese and his cohorts confirm that they are assured partners in a propulsive and unpredictable trio.”
- Pierre Giroux, All About Jazz
“A fine piano trio outing. Stracci reveals not so much an Evans influence as it does, compositionally, a Brad Mehldau one. Ragonese wrote six of the eight tunes presented here, and they all have beguiling prettiness combined with an assertive rhythmic insistence.”
- Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Songs written by Michael Ragonese and performed by Michael Ragonese, Luca Alemanno, Mark Ferber
Recorded by Talley Sherwood at Tritone Recording, Mixed and mastered by Anthony Fung