Title : Groovin’ Up!
Format : Digital Download

“I just finished listening to Claudio’s new recording and want to listen to it again! Beautiful compositions that cover a broad spectrum of moods and colors while still sounding like a cohesive musical landscape. The band plays with a great energy and spirit…not always easy to achieve in the studio. The music is multi-faceted and bears repeated listening. I know i will do so and encourage you to do the same. bravo guys!”
(Rick Margitza, saxophone player)


“Groovin’ Up!” is the first recording as a soloist by the neapolitan saxophone player and arranger Claudio Jr De Rosa (1992).
The CD is composed of 8 original tracks to which an arrangement of the famous jazz standard “I Hear a Rhapsody” has been added.

The powerful and melodic voice of both De Rosa’s tenor and soprano saxophones (winner of several international prices) is enriched by the young rhythm section composed of the Spanish pianist Xavi Torres Vicente, the Greek double bass player Kimon Karoutzos and the Lithuanian drummer Augustas Baronas. The ensemble reaches an overall sound with deep roots in the hard/post-bop tradition.

Moreover, the Taiwanese piano player Vivienne ChuLiao takes part as guest in “Dear Brigitte”.
A number of songs, included “Dear Brigitte”, are dedicated: “Diana’s Mood”, “Ja-Ma-La- Ma!”, and the ballad “Closed Eyes”. “Closed Eyes” has been dedicated to the victims of the terrible terroristic attack that took place in Paris in November 2015.

“Groovin’ Up!” is a sparkling CD that is full of energies and stems also from the friendship and synthony that has gathered the musicians who have given birth to the “Claudio Jr De Rosa Jazz 4et”.
A work that looks towards the future with passion and enthusiasm, as well as with profound and sincere respect for the Jazz tradition of yesterday and today. In brief, a CD that wants to express new colors and emotions, with the discretion of the one who comes in on the toes and with the courage of the one who gets ready to run a long path.

CD description here!

Review in Dutch here! and here on page 7!

Review in Italian here!

Review in English here!