|Born||1979 (age 40–41)|
Venado Tuerto, Argentina
|Instruments||Piano, keyboards, other instruments|
Leo Genovese (born 1979) is an Argentine jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer.
Life and career
Genovese began studying music and accounting at the University of Rosario, but soon abandoned accountancy, and in 2001 he began studying at the Berklee College of Music. He graduated in 2003. His first album, Haiku II, was released the following year and was followed by Unlocked in 2008, but Genovese later talked them down, stating that they were "just a way to document where I was at the time". From 2005 he toured internationally, and recorded with, bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding.
A reviewer for The New York Times commented on Genovese's 2013 album, Seeds, that, "by refusing to privilege one historical style over another, he strengthens his claim as a polyglot". Down Beat observed that Genovese's compositions for the album "share an exploratory nature, whether the new terrain in question is a marriage of electronic and acoustic sounds, an unlikely use of chromatic scaling or the successful juxtaposition of otherwise disparate ideas."
An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.
|2003||Haikus II||Fresh Sound New Talent||With Nathan Blehar (tenor sax), Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Demian Cabaud (bass), Francisco Mela (drums)|
|2007*||Planet Safety||Soul Note||Trio, with Dave Zinno (bass), Bob Gullotti (drums)|
|2008*||Unlocked||Ropeadope||Trio, with Justin Purtill (bass), Joe Hunt (drums); Genovese also plays wood flute|
|2010||Seeds||Palmetto||With Dan Blake (saxes), John Lockwood (bass), Bob Gullotti (drums); Sergio Miranda (percussion); Esperanza Spalding (vocals), George Garzone (sax), Ricardo Vogt (guitar), Francisco Mela (drums) added on some tracks|
|2007||Esperanza Spalding||Esperanza||Heads Up|
|2009||Esperanza Spalding||Chamber Music Society||Heads Up|
|2011||Esperanza Spalding||Radio Music Society||Heads Up|
|2011*||Francisco Mela and Cuban Safari||Tree of Life||Half Note|
|2012*||Michael Feinberg||The Elvin Jones Project||Sunnyside|
|2013*||Pancho Molina and Elias Meister||Open for Business||EMPM|
|2014*||Sara Serpa and André Matos||Primavera||Inner Circle Music|
|2014*||Miguel Fernandez||Afrikan Blues||Sax On|
|2015*||George Garzone||Crescent||Jody Jazz & Jazz Hang Records|
|2017*||George Spanos||Reflections||Self Produced|