Manuel Caliumi, alto sax, bass clarinet
Michele Bonifati, electric guitar
Andrea Grossi, double bass, Bb clarinet, electric bass, albanian lahuta
Jim Black, drums, percussions

All the compositions are by Andrea Grossi
To my beloved Gledis, my parents and my family goes all my gratitude for their constant love and support.
Special thanks to Maria Borghi and Nino Locatelli at WE INSIST! Records.
Thanks also to Simone Coen for his professionalism and friendship, to Cristiano Sanvito and Gabriele Boria for kindly lending their drum sets, and to Jean Auray for making such beautiful instruments.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simone Coen at Turangalîla Recording,
Cernusco Lombardone (LC) – Italy – on November 13th and 14th 2023.
Cover and liner notes by Maria Borghi
Graphic design by Maria Borghi
Photos by Gianni Grossi and Alessandro Zambianchi
Produced by WE INSIST! ets, 2024
Publisher WE INSIST! ets
Printed by Grafiche Mariano S.r.l., March 2024

Axes and layers, but also the axes, for striking and cutting. This work embraces the muscular energy of avant-jazz and delicate and dreamlike introspection. The musical references are to the America of Tim Berne and the Europe of Marc Ducret – the polyphony and rhythmic pulse of the urban environment. But the connections, even if not strictly musical, reach far; “Axis: Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix and “AlasNoAxis”, Jim Black’s debut album. More than one axis: axes.


Axes, gli assi, gli strati ma anche le asce, per colpire e tagliare. Lavoro che abbraccia l’energia muscolare del jazz di frontiera così come l’introspezione delicata e onirica. I riferimenti musicali sono l’America di Tim Berne ma anche l’Europa di Marc Ducret – la polifonia e la pulsazione ritmica dell’ambiente urbano. Ma i legami, anche se non propriamente musicali affondano lontano; “Axis: Bold as Love” di Jimi Hendrix e “AlasNoAxis”, album d’esordio di Jim Black. Più Axis, Axes.

01 – Axes: I. Game – 05.33
02 – Axes: II. Interlude – 06.57
03 – Axes: III. Riddle – 05.36
04 – Axes: IV. Coda – 02.12
05 – Dark Bloom – 09.54
06 – BadAxes – 03.47
07 – Pedinte / BadAxes (reprise) – 08.49

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