Remembering Saxophonist Massimo Urbani
Reading between the lines of available scholarship. Massimo Urbani's life was a mess. He wore the threadbare coat of a junkie Werther well. Urbani was noted to possess a phenomenal talent and generosity of spirit while being perfectly capable of offending and frustrating with unreliable behavior, insensitivity, and moodiness. Like Charlie Parker and Art Pepper, with whom he shared heroin addiction, this is not what Massimo Urbani should be remembered for. The reader is encouraged to spin 360° Aeutopia cut one, "Cherokee" and appreciate a pristine articulation and time and passion for an artform that brings little fame much less personal stability.
However, the art that is produced is simply sublime.
Massimo Urbani Discography (subject to update)
MARIO SCHIANO: Sud (CD Splasc(h) Records CD H 501-2) Recorded Rome, January 8 & 17, 1973.
GIORGIO GASLINI: Message (LP Basf X 23312) Recorded Milan, March 3, 1973.
GIORGIO GASLINI: Favola Pop (LP Produttori Associati PA/LP 48) Recorded Rome, June 25 & 26, 1973.
GIANCARLO SCHIAFFINI: Jazz a Confronto No. 5 (Jazz Comparisons No. 5) (LP Horo HLL 101-5) Recorded Rome, June 1973.
MARIO SCHIANO - GIORGIO GASLINI: Jazz a Confronto No. 8 (Jazz Comparisons No. 8) (LP Horo HLL 101-8) Recorded Rome, December 2, 1974.
ENRICO RAVA: Jazz a Confronto No. 14 (Jazz Comparisons No. 14) (LP Horo HLL 101-14) Recorded Rome, November 12, 1974.
MASSIMO URBANI: Jazz a Confronto No. 13 (Jazz Comparisons No. 13) (LP Horo HLL 101-13) Rome, December 11, 1974.
GAETANO LIGUORI: Collective Orchestra (LP PDU Pld.A 6051) Recorded Milan, February 3 & 4, 1976.
CADMO: Flying Over Ortobene Mount In July Seventy Seven (LP Edizioni dell'Isola EIJ 2026) Recorded Rome, September 1977.
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Laboratorio della Quercia (2 LP Horo HDP 39-40) Recorded Rome, July 5 & 6 1978.
GAETANO LIGOURI: Idea 3/20/79 Live (CD Philology W 145.2) Recorded March 20, 1979.
MASSIMO URBANI: 360° Aeutopia (CD Red Records VPA 146.2) Recorded Milan, June 20, 1979.
ENRICO PIERANUNZI: Isis (CD Soul Note 121021-2) Rome, February 9-11, 1980.
MASSIMO URBANI: Dedication To A.A. & J.C. - Max's Mood (Red Records VPA 160.2) Recorded June 1980.
MASSIMO URBANI: Go Max Go (CD Philology W187.2) Recorded S.Giuliano a Mare (RN), August 8, 1981.
GIANNA NANNINI: Sconerto Rock (Cinevox 10 LP) Recorded 1982.
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Top Jazz in Italy (Musica Jazz 2 MJP 1014) Recorded Milan, March 3, 1983.
MASSIMO URBANI: Max Leaps In (CD Philology W181.2) Recorded Civitanova Marche, Teatro Rossini, September 26, 1983.
MASSIMO URBANI-JAZZ STUDIO ORCHESTRA: 15 Years (PG 10002 CD) recorded 1983.
FIVE FOR JAZZ: Live In Sanremo & In Pesaro (CD Splasc(h) Records CDHP 01.2) Recorded Sanremo, May 4, 1984.
ENRICO PIERANUNZI: Autumn Song (LP Enja 4094) Recorded Berlin, November 11, 1984.
MASSIMO URBANI: The Urbisaglia Concert (CD Philology W 70.2) Recorded 1984.
MASSIMO URBANI: Invitation (CD Philology W58.2) Recorded Various Locations, July 1977 to November 1984.
MASSIMO URBANI: Live in Ancona '84 (CD Philology W 221.2) Recorded 1984.
GIOVANNI TOMMASO: Via G.T. (CD Red Records VPA 196.2) Recorded Rome, April 15 & 16, 1986.
MASSIMO URBANI: Easy To Love (CD Red Records NS 208) Recorded Rome, January 18, 1987.
LUCA FLORES: Where Extremes Meet (LP Splasc(h) Records H 123) Recorded Rome, February 28, 1987.
MIKE MELILLO - MASSIMO URBANI: Duet Improvisations For Yardbird (LP Philology W 214 4) Recorded Recanati, March 23, 1987.
MASSIMO URBANI: Live at Supino Jazz Fest 8/87 (CD Philology W 228.2) Recorded 8/87
CHET BAKER: Chet in Italy (CD Philology W 81.2) Recorded 1988.
LELLO PANICO & PHOENIX: Fronne (Gala Records GLLP 91025) Recorded Rome, April - September 1988.
MASSIMO URBANI: Out Of Nowhere (CD Splasc(h) Records CD H 336) Recorded 1988.
MASSIMO URBANI: Live at Larry's (CD CMCD.04) Recorded Larry's, 1988.
MASSIMO URBANI: Urlo (Elicona 3343-2) Recorded Catania, April 1990.
MAURO ANDREONI: Bon Voyage Recorded Rome, July 1990.
MASSIMO URBANI: Round About... Max With Strings (CD Sentemo SNT 30392) Recorded Matera, November 28, 1991.
MASSIMO URBANI: The Blessing (CD Red Records 257.2) Recorded Rome, February 21 & 22, 1993.
Red Rodney Quintet: Live at Alexander Platz (CD) Recorded 1993.
MASSIMO URBANI: Live at Belzebu (CD Philology W 58.2) Recording Date Unknown.
MASSIMO URBANI: Unissued (CD Philology W 238.2) Recording Date Unknown.
SERGIO COPPOTELLI: 55 Years Young (CD Splasch 530) Recording Date Unknown.
The writer acknowledges with great gratitude Sergio Veschi and Daniele Cecchini for their aid in biographical information and translation.
Maximum City: The Music of Massimo Urbani